It is National Parks Week April 16-24, 2016 and all U.S. National Parks are offering free admission. Join us as we talk about our favorite National Parks and chat with author and former Park Ranger Erin Peabody to get the inside scoop about planning a visit to Yellowstone National Park.
ON THE PODCAST
0:32 National Parks Week is April 16-24, 2016
2:54 National Park Passport
3:29 Junior Ranger Program
5:00 100th Anniversary Badge
6:55 Kim’s visit to Yellowstone National Park
7:49 Welcome Erin Peabody, author of A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, the World’s First National Park
12:23 Junior Ranger program at Yellowstone National Park
16:04 Artists in Yellowstone
17:15 Travel journals for kids
17:30 Intro to A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, the World’s First National Park and a history of Yellowstone
21:15 How long should you spend in Yellowstone
22:45 Must do experiences in Yellowstone
28:55 What to wear in Yellowstone
31:00 Where to stay in the park
33:15 Best place to take a family photo
34:05 Erin’s favorite travel gear
35:33 Book giveaway!!
36:10 App of the Week — National Parks by REI
37:18 Thanks to Jessie for the review on Stitcher!
37:40 Join us next week as we talk about Bucket List Travel with Eric Stoen from Travel Babbo
ABOUT ERIN PEABODY
Erin Peabody is a mother, author and former park ranger. Her latest book, A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, the World’s First National Park, is written for readers 12 and up and tells the exciting story of how Yellowstone became our first national park. This uplifting American story should delight lovers of nature, adventure and travel, and debuts just in time for the National Parks’ 100th birthday. You can learn more at erinpeabody.com.
Erin has an eight year-old daughter and lives with her and her husband in Ohio. Erin and her husband have both been Park Rangers and met in Yellowstone. She worked as an interpreter or educator in Yellowstone, giving Park Ranger programs at the Visitor Center.
TIPS FOR VISITING YELLOWSTONE
- Plan to spend at least 4-5 days in Yellowstone
- Know that you will be driving around 45 mph and may get stuck in traffic jams when animals cross the road
- Plan your accommodations well in advance (6 – 12 months to stay in the park)
- Erin’s favorite places to stay are Old Faithful Inn and the Lake Hotel
- Ask where the best places to see wildlife are
- Visit in the early morning and evening to see wildlife
- Bring binoculars for wildlife viewing
- Wear a good hat and sunglasses (corded are great)
- Wear comfortable boots, layers, and a good, all-weather shell
- Don’t forget your bug spray!
MUST DO EXPERIENCES IN YELLOWSTONE
- Geysers, mud pots, sulphur cauldrons and other thermal features with the most famous being Old Faithful
- Grand Canyon of Yellowstone along with the two waterfalls and hikes along the rim
- Climb into the canyon
- Yellowstone Lake
- Norris Geyser Basin
- Mammoth Hot Springs (also where the largest elk population lives)
- Hayden Valley and Lamar Valley see wildlife
BEST PLACE TO TAKE FAMILY PHOTO
FAVORITE TRAVEL GEAR
WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK!
APP OF THE WEEK
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Photos courtesy of the National Park Service.