I'll admit it. Zion is the only one out of the five Utah national parks that I haven't actually visited in person yet. Why? Because it's the most popular and most crowded, many of the hikes aren't very kid-friendly, and the very idea of the shuttle system is a deterrent—although I hear it's extremely efficient. Besides, I haven't yet tired of the other five, which are all a few hours closer to home. Every time I visit Arches or Canyonlands, I feel like I leave with so much left unseen.
Thus, the following is the only email in this freelance project that is based solely on research, plus tidbits I've picked up from those who have ascended to Zion. Tip: Locals pronounce this park's name so it rhymes with "lion" instead of "lie on" or "ion."
This email is an image only, with no live links. Click here for the full itinerary on Utah.com.
Word choice matters. One thing I had to watch for in this email series was overuse of words like "hike" and "climb." That's mostly what you do in these parks, but it can get boring if you don't vary your verbs enough. Here are a few of the ambulatory alternatives I chose to keep this email interesting:
Other Emails in This Series: