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TRAVEL32TIDBITSVISITING THE NATIONAL PARKS: YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETONSince Covid-19 has made many countries off-limits to United States of America travelers, many of us are looking into trips that we can take within the United States. It turns out that United States has quite a lot to offer. Who knew? From wine tasting to coastal beaches to our national parks, we certainly aren't at a lack for things to do here.The travel bug had been biting hard, so recently I visited several USA national parks: part fun, part research for future Zoom Vacations tours. I started in Glacier National Park in Montana, then drove to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton in Wyoming, the Salt Flats outside of Salt Lake City, Arches National Park, Dead Horse State Park, Capital Reef National Park, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, and Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. It was quite an adventure!I learned so much from taking this trip, and as I know that a lot of people will be making similar trips in the future, I thought I would give you my tips for each of the desti- nations. It is pretty extensive, so I am going to break this up as part of a series.If you are planning on going to several national parks within the year, you definitely want to get the year-long unlimited "America the Beautiful" national parks pass which is only $80. With it, you can see more than 2000 natural, historic, and cultural sites within the US. You need to acquire the pass in advance, and it is good for one vehicle with four people. Also, all the national parks that we visited were open 24 hours a day. So, this is definitely a place where you want to wake up and experience sunrise and lesser crowds at the park. There isn't much to do in the evenings anyway, so it is the perfect "early to bed and early to rise" opportunity.Yellowstone and Grand TetonTo arrive at Yellowstone and/or Grand Teton, other than driving, there are several airport options.The furthest but least expensive is flying into Salt Lake City, about six hours away. The closest is Yellow- stone Airport, just two miles from the Park. If you are planning on entering through the South entrance, Jackson Hole Airport in Jackson, WY is the nearest to Yellowstone, about 60 miles from the south entrance, located inside Grand Teton National Park.As I mentioned, Grand Teton National Park is located right next to Yellowstone, and I definitely recommend doing both since the two experiences are quite different. Grand Teton has magnificent huge mountains that you don't find in Yellowstone and so if you love hiking, you will certainly appreciate that. However, you could also go to Grand Teton and just enjoy the beauty of the area, and do things such as taking a boat ride across Jenny Lake, or even just taking one of the many beautiful scenic drives. You will want to bring bear spray as a precaution while visiting Grand Teton, but while I saw no bears, the highlight of my trip was coming across two moose.Grand Teton, as I said, is a hiker’s paradise, and most trails offer shorter and longer hike options. We went to Yellowstone first, then spent one day in Grand Teton. You could do two or three nights if you really love hiking, and stay in Jackson Hole.Of all the parks revisited, Yellow- stone was the most packed with people. My friend and I stayed at the western entrance to the park, which I highly recommend. You can certainly stay within the park, but you're going to spend a lot of money, and then you are also going to deal with more crowds and traffic within the park, plus you are beholden to the food venues at the property where you are staying.Depending on how active you like to be, two or three nights is the perfect amount of time to spend in Yellowstone. On the way into Yellowstone on the west side of the park we also made the time to stop by two ghost towns: Virginia City, and Nevada City, located right nextWWW.ADELANTEMAGAZINE.COM | TO ADVERTISE IN ADELANTE MAGAZINE CALL 323-256-6639

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