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April Adventures

pexels karolina grabowska 4497734April is one of my favorite times of year to travel for many reasons. The crush of spring break travelers is winding down or over, depending on where you live and plan to travel. Temperatures are warming up, there are fewer chances of encountering prolonged bad roads (but definitely watch the weather and road reports), and the days are longer. Many areas are starting to green up and wildflowers are slowly adding additional color to the landscape. And, experiences that may be diminished due to big summer crowds can be much more enjoyable and rewarding.

I live in an area that has a very distinctive and busy tourist season. It usually doesn’t kick off in earnest until Memorial Day and starts winding down after Labor Day. So, around here we call April through mid-May and mid-September through October, the shoulder season. During the shoulder season it is easier and cheaper to travel, especially if you like to be more spontaneous and go where the road leads rather than have to make reservations for everything.

There are some things to keep in mind while traveling during the shoulder season, and you need to do a little research. Fortunately, the internet makes finding up-to-date information relatively easy. In higher elevations, roads may not be open yet in April. For example, U.S. Highway 212 between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Montana zig-zags across the border between Montana and Wyoming with a peak elevation on Beartooth pass of 10, 947 feet. Road crews work diligently to get the road open by Memorial Day, and many roads in Yellowstone, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain national parks also have mid- to late-May openings. Additionally, some attractions may still be closed or operating on a shortened off-season schedule.

Depending on your desired travel destination, April may be a great time to get out and explore. With a little preparation, an exciting April Adventure may be waiting just around the corner.

 

Columnist: Kim McMahill

Picture Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. She started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense and adventure fiction. After living in eight different states and enjoying a rewarding career with the National Park Service, she has returned home to Wyoming to focus on her writing and spend more time with family. She has published ten novels, over eighty travel and human-interest articles, and contributed to a travel story anthology. Find out more about Kim by visiting her blog and connecting with her on Facebook and Twitter @kimmcmahill

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