Lake Erie is the southernmost of the Great Lakes and offers some of the best seasonal adventures in Ohio. Geneva State Park is situated right on the shores of the lake and is the perfect weekend escape. If you’re looking for a close to stay, The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake ...READ MORE
Considering that Death Valley is the largest park in the lower 48 states, I would always recommend that you stay longer! There is a lot of park to be seen in such a short period of time, and Death Valley has a lot to offer whether you are auto-touring or hiking. Just remember that there is a vast range of temperatures throughout the park, so be sure to being layers for chilli desert nights!
Our favorites are the Salt Flats, Racetrack Playa, and the Dunes. With three days you may have time to see them all!
For more on things to do in the park, visit our page on Death Valley here.
Early May can be a iffy time for roads. According to the NPS site, "weather permitting" roads from Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge and out the East Entrance should be open to vehicles. The West Entrance should also be open at that time since it's slated to re-open around April 15th. The South Entrance doesn't open until May 13th. Also, Dunraven Pass, the road that links Tower Junction with Canyon Village doesn't open up until later in the season. Great places to hit up in the park include:
- Old Faithful
- Norris Geyser Basin
- Elk Park
- Mammoth Hot Springs
- Gardiner, MT (North Entrance Town)
- Fossil Tree
- Lamar Valley
- Cooke City, MT (Just outside the NE Entrance. Some great food!
- Upper and Lower Falls
- Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
- Hayden Valley
- Yellowstone Lake
- and Cody, WY
If you were coming later in the season, I'd suggest Dunraven Pass (in the park) or the Beartooth Highway (just NE of the park, starting past Cooke City). Some excellent views on both of them.
I hope this helps!
The regions North of the Yukon River, all the way to the Arctic, are the worst for mosquitos in general. The worst time of year to go is in July, however you are likely to encounter them as soon temperatures remain above freezing for a couple of weeks.
You can bring repellant, but the stuff that repels the best is bad for your skin and clothes, and will contain a measured amount of deet. Since I personally prefer to not to crop dust myself, you can purchase netting to go around your hat or head, and maintain long sleeves and pants throughout the day.
If you still get bit, don't scratch!
Yellowstone National Park lodging concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts operates gift shops in hotels throughout the park. Bear Den Gift Store At Old Faithful Snow Lodge The winter-themed Bear Den Gift Shop is located in the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, and offers the largest selection of youth-oriented products in the park. Bear ...READ MORE
With 12 locations throughout Yellowstone National Park, each located near major attractions, Yellowstone General Stores are convenient places to rest, refuel and enjoy one-of-a-kind Yellowstone shopping to find something unique to bring home. Each location offers a selection of groceries, camping supplies, souvenirs and Native American-inspired collectibles. Old Faithful General ...READ MORE