United States National Parks
America’s park system is a national treasure, but like all treasures, the jewels are highly sought after. According to the National Park Service (NPS), almost all of its facilities and activities can be booked beginning six months in advance. For example, to book a campsite for Labor Day (September 3 this year), you can make your reservation beginning March 3. (One notable exception is Yosemite National Park, more on that next).
Prime lodging options at America’s most popular parks can be booked eight months in advance, including The Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park; El Tovar at Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park; Many Glacier Hotel and Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park. Reservations can be made online at NPS.gov.
To get Fido in on the fun, here are 12 pet-friendly national parks to visit with your pup.
Yosemite National Park
California’s expansive Yosemite National Park, filled with mesmerizing landscapes—including the famed Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias—is one of America’s most popular national parks, and Yosemite’s summer reservations are always in extremely high demand. According the park service, typically all Yosemite campsites are fully reserved within 20 minutes after they go on sale.
Reservations can only be made on the 15th of the month for four months in advance. For the summer, mark your calendar for February 15, when you can make reservations through July 14; March 15, when you can make reservations through August 14; and April 15 to reserve for the end of August, including Labor Day.
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