National Parks have inspired so many of my collections. We have over 120 National Park Cat’s Meows and continue working with the parks adding new pieces throughout the year.
In today’s Purrsday blog, I want to share with you some of the tips I wish I would have known when I started traveling to the parks.
I know these tips will really help you out when you travel to any of our 63 National Parks.
TIP 1: First stop at each park needs to be the visitor center and bookstore/museum.
Zion Canyon Visitor Center, Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah
Depending on the size of the park, there may be several visitor buildings. Make sure to acquaint yourself with what each one offers for the visitor experience.
There you can purchase a Passport book in the visitor center bookstore and start filling it with park cancellation stamps. You can find the stamping station within the visitor center, just ask if you don’t see it.
Oh, and don't forget the Junior Rangers Program!
My biggest Passport tip: I’ve been filling my Passport book since 1997. Even if you forget to carry your book with you, simply stamp a blank piece of paper, then cut it out and paste it in your Passport when you get home.
TIP 2: Grab up the free park map and any other free literature offered in the visitor center.
I also stamp all the maps and literature I pick up during that visit. It’s fun to see the past dates and remember little things about that trip when I look back through my literature.
I take time to read through the literature and get a good overview of the park with the map. If I can, I’ll find a little cafe nook or park bench to relax and absorb all the details. The National Parks do a great job of providing detailed maps that are very informative.
Once you’ve looked everything over, you’ll feel like you already know the park before you take your first step into exploring.
My biggest Park map tip: Grab a pen, and make comments on the map as you travel through the park. You'll appreciate the notes when you get home!
TIP 3: Take in as many of the Park Ranger demonstrations as you can.
Ask at the visitor center for the events of the day. (Some may be presented right there in the visitor center, and other demonstrations may be out within the park.)
I also take in the kid's demos. You’ll be amazed at what you learn about the park! Park rangers are your friends, so don’t be afraid to stop them to ask questions.
TIP 4: Don’t miss the museums within the visitor centers ranging from small to extensive. (Some museums are stand-alone buildings.)
Even if museums are not your thing… you must not miss spending time in a National Park museum. They provide history of the land, people, environment, wildlife and so much more. You can spend more time delving into the things that interest you and skim over the rest. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Plus, it's an enjoyable visit for visitors of all abilities.
My biggest museum tip: I like to visit the museums during my travels through the park, or at the end of my day. I’ve found if I visit a museum first, I don’t have any context of the park to really soak in the information provided. But, by the end of the day, I can relate my time out in the park to what I’m seeing and reading in the museum.
Purrs, Faline, Casper, and The Cat’s Meow Crew
We handcraft all of our keepsakes in Ohio from ¾” thick wood with detailed front designs and written descriptions on the back. They can be set neatly on a shelf, desk, or narrow ledge such as wainscoting, window, or door trim.
Group them with other Cat’s Meows to create your own little Village!
Look for Casper, our black cat mascot, sitting or reclining within the design. He's the sign of an authentic Cat's Meow souvenir replica.
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