5 National Parks in 7 Days: The Ultimate U.S. Road Trip
Southern Utah sports five showoff national parks, and that brings up a question for time-crunched travelers: Which should I see? Zion’s cliff-enclosed canyon? Hoodoo-filled Bryce Canyon? Capitol Reef’s soaring rock faces? A carved plateau at Canyonlands? Funky formations at Arches? My solution: I set a course to visit them all in one road trip.
Capulin Volcano National Monument, located in northeastern New Mexico,The park is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. NPS staff are present from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Vehicles may travel to the volcano rim only during staffed hours. Visitors may access the road to the rim until 4:20 p.m. After hours, visitors are welcome to hike or bike the road to the top.
Yellowstone, WY, Lamar Valley Just east of Tower-Roosevelt, this area provides one of the most plentiful opportunities to catch a glimpse of Yellowstone's exotic wildlife such as elk, bison, osprey, bald eagles, antelope, moose, black bears and grizzlies, as well as bears and wolves. Early morning and late evening are the times of day where you're most likely to have the best luck.