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There's a good description of the difference between the two on the National Parks website The full version is at the link above, but in short : National parks emphasize strict preservation of pristine areas. They focus on protecting natural and historic resources "unimpaired for future generations." Park rangers work for the National Park Service ...


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There are 59 National Parks in the US, including Joshua Tree National Park. There are also numerous "National Monuments", including Cabrillo National Monument. National Parks, with one or two exceptions, have one thing in common - they are big! Ranging from very big, to very, very (very!) big! In some cases transport is available within the park - at ...


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The two main ways to get there via boat are via Island Packers who leave out of Ventura, or Truth Aquatics who leave out of Santa Barbara. If you're scuba diving, Truth is great, but for most trips, Island Packers is cheaper and has a better schedule. You can also fly to Santa Rosa island, which has a small dirt runway, accessible from the Camarillo airport. ...


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In April the temperature is usually above 10 degrees Celsius, and the scenery is somewhere halfway between green and "brown". The real pro is, that the place isn't crowded, like it is in the summer months. I would rather visit the lakes in April or May than in the summer. You can get weather data from here. Here are some pictures to help you decide.


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It depends on the park. Some of them have accommodation within, others just outside or in nearby towns. Let's take Joshua Tree National Park as an example, since you're looking at going there. You can fly in or take the train into Palm Springs, nearby, or drive. There are specific entrances to the park, where you usually pay a fee for conservation and the ...


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The pass is available for purchase directly at a number of locations, as per this list. You can not collect receipts and turn them into a pass after the fact (given that receipts rarely list any person details, if you could do this you'd expect to see people selling receipts for below face value on eBay!). You can upgrade a single entry receipt into a full ...


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There are quite a few safari camping trips, or organised trekking tours - and they mention for example, that "Wilderness camping sites may include pitching tent in a cave or under a rock face, by the lakeside or high on the plateau. ". They also suggest "the indigenous Vadda people are always helpful to campers with the Vadda village being an interesting ...


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I have hiked to the top of Half Dome twice, once in September 1996, and in June 2009. I didn't do any particular preparation either time; however, I was prepared for a long day hiking, and had reasonable fitness. If you've hiked in the Alps for 5 hours or more in one day you should be ready to tackle Half Dome. You should prepare for the weather with ...


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There is a bus going from UB to Terelj. If I remember correctly, it runs once every 2 hours? (at least several times a day). We got our info in one of the bars/cafes that is run by an expat. (I don't remember the name , it is a cafe that kinda stands out. lots of wood, it somewhat resembles a mountian hut. They organise tracks and stuff.) the place is called ...


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Trying to take the entire park in with just one day will be a lot of driving (300+ miles) and not a lot of time for sightseeing. I would concentrate on the lower loop and work in some variety. Stop at Old Faithful and Midway Geyser Basins to stroll around a bit. Both are fairly level with a variety of different thermal features, geysers, hot spring pools. ...


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Protected Areas Internationally speaking, both natural parks and natural monuments are defined as protected areas, which, according to its current definition from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN), means: A protected area is a clearly defined geographical space, recognised, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective ...


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Greyhound runs to Marathon, Ontario at the gates of Pukaskwa National Park (17 hours from Toronto, twice daily). However, you still need to find a solution for the last 20 km or so. It seems there exists a local taxi service. The coastal hiking trail is 60 km, which Parks Canada claims to take a full week to hike. The Can-Ar coach connects Moore Falls, ...


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The Algonquin Parkbus runs until at least October 13th - after that it switches to an as-yet-unannounced winter schedule. However it stops going to and from Algonquin the last weekend of September. On the matter of hiking, they say: Highland Backpacking Trail (19 & 35 km loops) is easily accessible via our Lake of Two Rivers stop. Short 800m trail ...


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While it personally pains me that someone would play golf or tennis while there are animals to be searched for outside the camp, in arguably the top game reserve in the world, I realise it's each to their own :) Skukuza, the biggest camp inside the park is also the most 'touristy'. And yes, the Protea Hotel Kruger Gate there has not only a tennis court, ...


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According to a few Serbian websites, camping (setting up a tent) is not allowed in Kopaonik NP. A few Serbian campers mentioned setting up a tent a bit far off the road in the woods (being aware it's disallowed). Further search found this inn/restaurant which includes camping grounds. It is located in Vlajkovac, 244th km of the road from Belgrade (that ...


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All I can say after research that there is no such thing there as areas for camping - you can set your tent anythere in safe, and relax. But be aware to the rules of National park. There are general things there, but I suggest you to check this on arrival. During summer in Kopaonik some hiking tours are available from various firms, and, maybe, you could ...


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Indeed, the prospect of someone else falling and leading to a 'domino effect' is frightening. When I was there, I saw someone drop a water bottle. It bounced a few times and then plunged thousands of feet down the granite face. The National Park Service has recognized that the Half Dome ascent has become too crowded, and recently began requiring permits ...


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The Footprint travel guide site has a good page about the park in English. They describe how to get to the park independently and also mention a camp ground within the park at Los Fierros. I did not quote the relevant parts here, as I am not sure about the copyright implications. I think if there is a road in Bolivia, you can also park there. They are ...


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It seems the answer would be yes. Wikitravel's entry on Yala National Park mentions that a day entry pass fee costs LKR 3500, which probably includes camping. I don't find an official government website listing rules, but there are many tour operator pages which mention camping. Yala Hotels (at Yala National Park) says their tour package includes (my ...


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About five years ago I hired a car from Cairns and drove to the Daintree as you suggest. It is easy and scenic drive. A ferry crossing is included. This way you can find your own accommodation and easily get around if you want to hike, day-trip to the reef and generally explore. I have not investigated public transport; there might be a bus service. You ...


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So 'points of interest' is probably way too broad, so I'll focus on the National Parks. There are 59 National Parks in the United States and territories, across 27 states (and territories). California has nine of these: Channel Islands Death Valley Joshua Tree Kings Canyon Lassen Volcanic Pinnacles Redwood Sequoia Yosemite Some of those, as indicated ...


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Regarding Himalayan National Park The climate is typically the Western Himalayan temperate and alpine type. There are four distinct seasons recognized for GHNP: spring (April-June), rainy/summer (July-September), autumn (October-November) and winter (December-March). During winter, the precipitation is in the form of snow even in lower elevation (1,560 m) ...


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Depends on your appetite for risk. The parking lot at Everglades does have a security patrol and is fairly busy, but they aren't responsible for any losses incurred. I personally wouldn't care if someone can see my luggage in the backseat, but that's me.


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The Fjord-du-Saguenay national park in Quebec, near Tadoussac, has a couple long hikes and in particular a hike starting from the bay Ste Marguerite to Tadoussac. It is possible to access Tadoussac by bus with the company Intercar (from Montreal). This is then possible to access the Ste Marguerite bay thanks to a private shuttle (by the so-called 5 star ...


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National Forests are federally owned and protected land, but, unlike parks, they are not neccesarily designated and managed for public use in the same manner as a National Park. In many cases, National Forest land is in fact even leased for commercial purposes, including, for example, many vacation spots and ski resorts.


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I can't comment on Bryce as I've never been there, but I have done the trip from Las Vegas to Zion a few times. Public transport/etc to get there is basically non-existant. It's possibly you might be able to pick up a "tour" from Vegas, but this will only end up costing more and taking longer - especially with two of you. Rental cars are generally cheap ...


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As I mentioned in my comment you have too much faith in US public transportation system. Outside the major cities you should rely on a car to get you around. To get to Zion Park you can get a shuttle from Springdale the only problem is the closest you can get to Springdale without a car is by bus from Las Vegas is St. George, from which there doesn't ...


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The official website of Alberta Tourism is travelalberta.com or 1 800 ALBERTA if you can dial North American toll free numbers (eg with Skype.) They will be happy to send you travel guides with all kinds of listings of various places you could go and firms that will take you. They have a search function on their website which I learned to despise in mere ...


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Avoiding both Phuket and Krabi, there is a third option: According to my Lonely Planet Thai Island Beaches, there is a ferry at 1pm from a place called 'Tha Dan' in 'Phang-Nga' to 'Ko Yao Noi'. I can't find 'Tha Dan' on Google Maps, but according to the map in the book you go south on Highway 40 from 'Phang-Nga' and turn left onto Rte 4144 towards the sea ...


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According to Wikitravel, the bus to Phuket runs every hour, while the one to Krabi is only once a day (11am departure). So on that front at least, there's a good chance the Phuket route is the way to go. It's a 4 hour bus ride approximately, while the ride to Krabi takes 3. For the ferry, you have again the two options: Phuket (Bang Rong Pier): 09:30; ...



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