5 national parks requiring reservations this summer

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You may need reservations to enter Yosemite and Rocky Mountain national parks this summer. Doug Lemke/Shutterstock, Getty Images, Joey Hadden/Insider
  • To prevent overcrowding, five national parks are requiring people to make reservations for the summer.

  • Yosemite in California is one park that requires people driving into the park to book time slots.

  • There are many other NPS sites to explore that aren't requiring reservations.

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Visitors driving into Yosemite in California now through September 30 must reserve a time slot, according to the National Park Service. If you don't have a vehicle, you can enter without a reservation.

Yosemite is in California. Joey Hadden/Insider

Source: National Park Service

You'll need a timed entry pass to enter Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado between now and October 11, according to the NPS.

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Rocky Mountain National Park is in Colorado. Joey Hadden/Insider

Source: National Park Service

To enter Glacier National Park, visitors driving through the Going-to-the-Sun Road at West Glacier, St. Mary, or Camas Road will need a reservation, the NPS says on its website.

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Glacier National Park is in Montana. Vaclav Sebek/Shutterstock

Source: National Park Service

If you are headed to Acadia National Park, you'll need a reservation to drive on Cadillac Summit Road until October 19, says the NPS.

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Acadia National Park is in Maine. Doug Lemke/Shutterstock

Source: National Park Service

Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii has required reservations to watch the sunrise from the park's summit since before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the rule still stands, according to the NPS.

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Haleakalā National Park is in Hawaii. Gerald Corsi/Getty Images

Source: National Park Service

There are plenty of national parks that don't require reservations, as well as under-the-radar parks and NPS sites that may be less crowded this summer than popular spots.

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Bryce Canyon National Park is in Utah. Joey Hadden/Business Insider

National parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton are predicting record-breaking attendance this summer, according to a report from the Associated Press published in May.

However, there are other spots to explore — such as NPS sites that aren't designated parks but still offer amazing views and have places to hike and camp.

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