Hint #1: Edwardian Architecture
It is like stepping back in time! Absolutely every detail from the tiny mosaic flooring to the near century year old elevator, you will be transported through time in this visitor center.
Fancy an electro-massage or a moment on the parallel bars? Enjoy your time, but remember, men and women must stay separate (not today, historically).
Hint #2 – It is in a city center!
Just steps outside the visitor center, you are transported into a quaint city. We were lucky enough to be there for Christmas when it is absolutely dressed for the season!
The local art scene is also pretty great! We saw street murals everywhere.
The city also has amazing food from gourmet ice cream and cupcakes to local beer flights and Mexican food. We deeply enjoyed taking a few hours to explore the city and take in the sites.
Hint #3 – You can camp – first come, first serve!
The spaces are long, and there is ample parking. It was winter, and there were still spots open just a couple of days after New Years. Even though it is on a mountain, there spots are mostly quite level and easy to access. You will not be able to back straight into the spots, so an experienced driver is key. You cannot book in advance, so we recommend going straight to the site. Also, do NOT try to take your RV or travel trailer into the city. NOPE! Park first, we learned the hard.
Hint #4 – this one is a pretty big hint!
Head over to the front desk where a park ranger will share a cup with you! Then, head outside to try the local drink. There were mixed reviews from the crowds, but thought it was delicious and quite perfect on a cold winter day!
We loved it!
Can you guess the oddest National Park?! It was #11 on our National Park voyage. We loved every second of these unusual park! We will give the answer in the comments. What do you think?