Gateway Towns to National Parks

A young visitor on the outskirts of Yosemite | Jennifer Reese

Road Journals Blog—Our national parks are stunning in their own ways, collectively drawing hundreds of millions of visitors each year. Many of them, however, share a trait that many people fail to consider: wonderful small towns through which visitors must pass—many without stopping—on the way in. Writer Jennifer Reese explored these towns for VIA, and blogs here about some of her experiences en route.

This blog post was first published in January 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.