Money Saving Travel
by car. If you choose your route carefully, there
can be many activities along the way which will
make the trip even more exciting. You do not
have to wait on someone else's schedule and 4 can
travel as cheaply as one. If you are renting
a car, do it away from an airport where they tack
on additional fees.
- If you must take an Airplane
only use major cities. Short haul air
flights are very expensive. A half's day drive can
save you hundreds.
- Take a lunch. It
often takes and hour and a lot cash for a restaurant
lunch. You can experience more while eating in
the park's picnic areas and in much less time.
Just pick up a few things at a store while
- Keep snacks and water
with you. A stop in the gift shop will cost
more than you think. Nothing worse than a
hungry family besides you can choose nutritious
in hotels, bed and breakfast that offer a free
breakfast. A computer is handy for making
decisions where to eat so look for a hotel with
free internet. Select hotels where there are
a variety of restaurants to eat because they
compete for your business.
in a Park is often must more expensive than
staying just outside the park. The
further you stay from tourist areas the less
expensive hotel will be. The best
alternatives may be at surprising locations.
If you are
into camping, you can stay in the midst of the
park and save a bundle. Important, don't
store your food in your tent or cabin. The
bears and other wildlife can smell and you don't
want their noses in your tent.
have cafeterias that are a bargain compared with
other restaurants. The concessionaires are
smart marketers so you may have to look for the
a park pass. It is often much less to
purchase an all park pass for a week or year
than to pay for each visit. Everyone in
your car is covered by your pass. (Seniors
have a special program) There are
days where all park fees are waved: National
Park Week: April 21-29, Get Outdoors Day: June
9, National Public Lands Day: September 29,
Veterans Day weekend: November 10-12
Relay on the
rangers. "We are going to be here for 2 days,
what should we see first?" Many visitor
centers have films that show the park at
its best. Partake evening ranger programs
that are entertaining and informative. Your pass
covers all of this.
Make sure that
you keep your camera and video with you.
You never know when an animal will appear and a
scene will come into view. But
don't try the pet the wildlife they are WILD and
a bite will cause you more than dollars.
- Bring binoculars so you can maintain a
safe distance from the wildlife.
- Wildlife has
the right of way on all highways.
- When hiking
in bear country keep making noise and consider
wearing bells so you do not surprise a bear.
- Feeding of
wildlife is restricted for the safety of both the
animals and people.
- Small rodents
can transmit a number of diseases and a small nip
can be fatal.
- Large animals
have been known to trample and bite people.
- These are not
pets do not treat them as would a puppy.
- Take only
- Leave only
- Hike with
others. When you are by yourself, there may no
way to recover from a difficult situation.
- Get permits
- Carry extra
food and lots of water.
- Stay on
trails and protect the park.
- If someone is
inconsiderate pick up after them.
- If you there
is any possibility of low light carry a flashlight
with new batteries.
- Camping and
fires are often regulated so check with a ranger
restriction on pets differ from park to park however
there are a number of common rules:
- Dogs must be
kept on short leases at all times.
- Dogs may not
be outside without human supervision. Don't
tie your dog to a tree!
- Dogs may be
allow on some trail but restricted from
others. Ask a ranger.
- Don't allow
dogs to chase wildlife for the safety of both
- Large animals
have been known to attack dogs to protect their
- Don't leave
dog food in any area where wildlife may consume the