Is 2021 the year to venture back to America’s national parks?


As families plan trips, questions to consider include Covid risks, crowding and staffing shortages

For most of the last year, Dan Stark has been cooped up in his home in south-west Portland, Oregon. But with spring upon us – and Stark’s first vaccination shot – he and his family have been dreaming of summer vacation. “We’ve been talking about what our Covid freedom trip is going to be,” he says.

The family settled on plans for an RV trip the first week of July, by which time, they reasoned, they’d all be vaccinated. Stark began looking into parks the family had yet to experience and set his sights on Montana’s Glacier national park, known for its dramatic mountain views and stunning alpine lakes.

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