TyrantII: Yosemite felt like a tourist trap to me, and a poorly run one at that. I'm sure if you get really into the brush it's nice, but overall didn't like it as much as I thought.Death Valley, Glacier and Yellowstone were much nicer. Easier to camp and hike, cheaper, and the rangers were much friendlier.
Seminorm Null: I would point out that there are plenty of beautiful places inside of Yosemite National Park that are not crowded like Yosemite Valley itself, but....no.Carry on. All of Yosemite is super crowded and you might as well not even bother going. Please stay away.That will be all.
UberDave: They rangers in Yellowstone (and Teton for that matter) are very friendly. I suspect the problem with Yosemite is dealing with so much of the public that comes from major population centers that are an easy drive away. I've read as much.But yeah, Yellowstone is great. If you're not lugging a camper, getting a camp site should be pretty easy. Mid to late August is a great time to go as it's still warm outside and the crowds are way reduced. And speaking of that, here's a shot of Grand Prismatic Spring in the mid day in mid August of last year:[s10.postimage.org image 850x637]
TyrantII: Yosemite felt like a tourist trap to me, and a poorly run one at that.
TyrantII: We got in late and set up camp, got to grilling some food we picked up at a butchers in Dubois and enjoying the early fall night. The RV next to our camp site was a bunch of Germans on vacation. They asked us if were were worried about the bears, lol. Did some hiking and sightseeing over the next few days, woke up before dawn, showered in Old Faithful In and started up the next leg of the trip.Snagged this photo on the way into Jackson Hole: http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6178/6168144608_6dafd532af_b.jpg
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