What Type of Items Are Found in National Park Gift Shops?


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Types of items that one may find in a national park gift shop include wildlife or outdoor themed items, postcards, regional gourmet food items, coffee mugs and artwork. Some of these items are available at gift shops within a park itself, while others are available through a park's online store.

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Some national park gift shops sell additional items, such as DVD/videos, travel supplies, maps, collector items and carvings. One may also find clothing items such as hoodies, sunglasses, hats, caps and visors. Plush animals and toys are children's items that are sometimes available. Some national park resorts, such as Yellowstone, also provide in-room gift baskets featuring wine, cheese, crackers, chocolate-covered dry fruit and trail mixes.

On-site gift shops are often subject to different hours, and may also be subject to closure during certain seasons of the year. Visitors can consult each national park gift shop's website for information on store openings and closures.

Some national parks have authorized concessioners that handle most of the park's lodging, camping and shopping needs. For example, Xanterra Parks & Resorts is an authorized concessioner for Yellowstone National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, Mount Rushmore National Monument and Rocky Mountain National Park.

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