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From Illinois will visit Acadia in June (with son family from Massachusetts). What should we be sure to do. We love nature and outdoors.
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Auto/Motorcycle, Backpacking, Civil War, Wildlife Watching, Bird Watching, Eco Tours, Native American History, Swimming, Deer, Elk, Ranger-led Programs, Marine Life, Moose, Mountain Lions, Historic Sites, Wildflowers, Wolves, Kids Activities, Park Passes and Fees, Horseback Riding, Photography
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Some of our favorite things to do in Acadia are exploring the historic Carriage Roads and enjoying tasty popovers at Jordan Pond House.

Also check out the recommendations on our Sights to See and Things to Do pages. Our Only ad Day and Just for Kids sections will also have some good tips!

Lastly, check out this list of 22 fun things to do with kids!

We hope you have a great trip! Be sure to come back and let us know how it goes!
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Alcatraz Island

Overview Alcatraz Island is known for the infamous federal prison it once hosted, but it's also significant as the site of the first lighthouse and U.S.-built fort on the west coast and the 18-month occupation by Indians of All Tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to ...

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We will be in Sedona, Az,8-28 thru 9-4 - we will visit the grand canyon - what would be the number one thing to do in your opinion
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This is actually not an easy question to answer as there are a lot of wonderful things to do.  It really depends on how much time you have.  The first thing you should do is just take a look.  The canyon is magnificent and all the pictures you have seen don't do it justice.  Take a walk around the canyon.  I assume you will be visiting the south rim and around the rim there is a nice easy trail you can walk on to get different views of the canyon.  If you are up for a more rigorous hike, go down into the canyon.  Either the Bright Angel Trail or the South Kaibab Trail will provide you different perspectives of the canyon and you can hike as little or as much as you want.  Get up early to watch the sunrise or find a spot to watch the sunset.  At the beginning and the end of the day you can watch the colors of the canyon change and get the most dramatic views.  And stop at one of the visitor centers and talk to the park rangers.  There is a daily schedule of ranger led talks and walks where you can learn about Grand Canyon history, geology, animal and plant life, etc.

We were just there in May and had a wonderful time.  I hope you do too.

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mancomp@b...
Is there a map of shell middens on Canaveral National Seashore?
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Contact the park at (321) 267-1110 for more information. Turtle Mound, within the seashore, is the largest shell middens on the Florida coast.   
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Can we motorcycle yellowstone
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Absolutely!  I've gone through the park on a bike myself and I'll never forget the experience. If you have the chance, I recommend approaching from the east and taking the Chief Joseph Highway.  Be prepared for significant temperature changes to go along with the major elevation changes.  It seems to change from from summer to winter in a matter of minutes. On my last ride through Yellowstone (in June 2007), there was still snow at the higher elevations.  I recommend dressing in layers and investing in a highly compressible, lightweight down jacket for the trip.  I found myself pulling off to the side of the road on a number of occasions to throw one on under my padded jacket at places like Yellowstone, Crater Lake (in Oregon), Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks to name a few. (Who would think you could get year-round use from a down jacket.)  I have one that I really like from Patagonia that balls up into an inner pocket. You can find many other brands at places like REI, EMS, Dick's, etc. Also, check out the gear store at OhRanger.com for some options using the following link: 

http://www.ohranger.com/gear/search.html?q=down+jacket#http://www.altrec.com/down+jacket/search.htm?...

One note of caution, keep your speed down as you go through the parks, especially at Yellowstone, as there are animals looming around every corner.  There are also a number of construction zones, so be extra careful on the gravel sections that are being reconstructed. If you're lucky, you'll round a corner and see a moose and calf crossing the road, just far enough to be safe (ideally 100 yards minimum distance from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards from other wildlife).  I had this experience on the pass coming into the park. If you do encounter an animal, drive slowly and give it a wide-berth, as the one constant about wildlife is that wild animals are unpredictable.  Finally, I recommend against driving at night, as the roads are dark and many animals find it easier to walk on the pavement than in the dirt.  Bison are especially dangerous, as they sometimes lay down in the middle of the road and there's nothing reflective about their anatomy, so you may not see the until the last-minute.  Numerous animals die every year due to collisions in our parks.  A little precaution will keep your rubber side down and ensure you a fantastic time in the park.  

I welcome you to come back often to OhRanger.com to share your experiences, ask more questions and apply your own knowledge to answer the questions of your fellow park-lovers!  

Happy riding...

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Katelyn
Why are there only 4 presdants on Mount. Rushmore NP?
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Each president featured in Mount Rushmore was chosen for his contribution during his time in office. George Washington, the father of the country, symbolizes the American struggle for independence while Thomas Jefferson is recognized for his role in the Louisiana Purchase and as the author of the Declaration of Independence. Theodore Roosevelt saw to it that the Panama Canal was completed and Abraham Lincoln ensured that the Union was protected in the struggle for equality. You can read more about this at http://www.nps.gov/moru/historyculture/why-these-four.htm

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Park Love...
WHAT IS THE BEST ROUTE TO YELLOWSTONE FROM RAPID CITY,S.D.
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From Rapid City you are going to take the I-90W to US14. From there you will turn into US14/US16/US20 and take into all the way into the park. Along the way you can stop in at Sundance, WY where you can retrace the steps of the Sundance Kid! There is always something going on in Sheridan so be sure to check them out. You can also stop in at Cody along the way which is known to be the last of the true West. Gateway to Yellowstone Park, Cody is never short on hospitality so spending the night there before you continue on to Yellowstone is a great idea. Here are links to some chambers of commerce: http://www.sundancewyoming.com/, http://www.sheridanwyomingchamber.org/, http://www.codychamber.org/visit-cody.cfm. This is a link to a forum that might also be helpful, http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60999-i481-k1701019-Distance_from_rapid_city_to_yellowstone-Ye... Enjoy your trip and come back to OhRanger.com to post pictures!
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litz84
What is the weather in Montana like in August
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It depends where you're traveling! Average highs range from the 70s to 80s and average lows can be between the 30s and 40s. Weather is also unpredictable, and storms can come up suddenly. Always be prepared.
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A Book Like No Other

November 6, 2008, 12:34 pm
By Emily Alp American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook, by Frances Kennedy This month offered everyone a chance to think about citizenship and act on it as we selected our commander and chief. We’re organized; we’re citizens; we have values, shared and individual, and we feel deeply connected to this land ...

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Things To Do

Activities at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument include backpacking, biking, birdwatching, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, interpretive programs, nature walks, stargazing, wilderness area activities and wildlife viewing. Guided Tours Guided tours of the cliff dwellings are offered daily at 1 p.m. Please note that the tours start at the Cliff Dwellings ...

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