For every national park that's a magnet for the masses, there's a lesser-known alternative with equally wondrous botanical and geological gems. Here's where you can escape the crush.
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I encourage everyone, no matter what part of these United States you live in (or even if you live elsewhere), to take a "trip out West" at some point in your life. Get in a car, and go explore everything west of Denver.
Seeing President Obama and his family take in two of the western parks prompted me to strongly encourage everyone -- yes, even you! -- to plan on a trip like this at some point.
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