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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

National Parks Lifelist

The ultimate vacation in one of America's iconic parks requires the ultimate hiking plan: classic scenery, no crowds, and secret campsites. Here's how to spend a perfect week in Glacier, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Olympic, Denali, and the Great Smoky Mountains.

by: The Backpacker Editors & Various Contributors

Great Smoky Mountain National Park (Steven McBride)
Great Smoky Mountain National Park (Steven McBride)

Forget the pyramids: BACKPACKER's greatest hits include 20,000-foot peaks, mile-deep canyons, million-acre wildlands, and a certain granite dome sliced clear in half. In our biggest parks guide yet, we detail seven must-do routes. And there's more: vacation-planning guides stocked with insider beta on permits, gear, and the best places to pig out.

INTRO

GLACIER
Scramble high peaks and camp in remote valleys.
Watch the 3D Video

YOSEMITE
Hike the Range of Light to high camps and Ansel's favorite view.
Watch the 3D Video

GRAND CANYON
Link five lush oases in the belly of the Big Ditch.
Watch the 3D Video

GREAT SMOKY
Connect the South's premier high-country swimming holes.
Watch the 3D Video

OLYMPIC
Sample two wonders: rainforest and alpine wildflowers.
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YELLOWSTONE
Camp amid grizzlies, moose, wolves–and spouting thermals.
Watch the 3D Video

DENALI
Follow wolf tracks in the legendary Toklat Valley.
Watch the 3D Video

NATIONAL PARK SKILLS
How to Sleep Safely in Bear Country
How Your Kid can Save a Park
How to Light a Campfire in the Smokies
How to Score Denali's Choice Permits


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Kayaker
Jan 20, 2011

The only limit on hikers at Isle Royale is getting there. One of the greatest places on earth.

Anonymous
Jan 20, 2011

I wouldn't say getting to Isle Royale via boat or plane is a "problem". I found it to be part of the adventure when I went!

Floyd
Jan 20, 2011

Add Isle Royale to the life list and you'll make the above list complete. Only problem with Isle Royale is that there are limits to the number of hikers, and all hikers have to get there by boat or plane.

Francisco Viaud
Jan 20, 2011

This sounds like an 7 year adventure to book one for each summer: 2011 Glacier, 2012 Yosemite, 2013 Grand Canyon...
Great idea!

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