You used to be able to visit many of our national parks during the peak season and you could enjoy the beautiful vistas without traffic jams and huge crowds. These days the popularity of national parks with not only domestic visitors but international ones as well make it challenging to visit our national gems. Even though it could require more planning, an off-season trip to a place like Yosemite National Park could be ideal. There will still be traffic but it will be so much easier to get from place to place and see all of the great vistas. Down season may mean some of the regular lodges and restaurants are closed so make sure to plan ahead! You could also plan to bring some of your own food to save money as well. The sights will be open even with the limited resources so plan for hikes and explorations…and make sure you plan for the weather! You may even find yourself the only one on a hike but sudden snow and rain could happen! If you don’t enjoy crowds, this time of year could be the best chance for you to have an experience that you will enjoy!