After almost three years of traveling this beautiful country, we wanted to share our absolutely favorite national parks of the ones we have visited....We haven't seen a lot of them, like the Drevlow family the park service posted on Facebook this week, who has visited more than 200 national parks and earned 1,696 junior ranger badges! But here are the ones that stand out in our minds....
|Deer Brook Bridge, Acadia National Park|
2.) Yellowstone National Park....the world's largest collection of geysers and America's first national park established in 1987...We loved Yellowstone's rainbow colored pools of hot water and microscopic plant life that give the pools their colors....
3.) Yosemite National Park...waterfalls, waterfalls waterfalls! And hiking, hiking, hiking!
4.) The Everglades....
In addition, we've been to Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park (with the famous Red Bus Tour), the Grand Tetons (moose!), the Badlands, Mammoth Cave National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Olympia National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sequoia National Park, Gulf Islands Seashore National Park, and the Everglades National Park (gators on the sidewalk bike trail at Shark Valley!) When we look back at our blogs and photos, thinking about all these places, we've amazed at the diversity within our country and amazed that we saw all these!
Did you know…America’s national parks include more than:
- 84 million acres of spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures
- 17,000 miles of trails
- 43,000 miles of shoreline
- 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures
- 100 million museum items
- 12,000 campsites
This country is a pretty spectacular place to explore some amazing geology, history, and culture. We hope that if you are thinking about RVing and traveling, you'll make it a reality! In case you want to know where all the parks are, here's a handy dandy chart of the parks in the U.S.
|State||National Park||Year Established|
|Gates of the Arctic||1980|
|Wrangell - St. Elias||1980|
|American Samoa||American Samoa||1988|
|Arizona (3)||Grand Canyon||1919|
|California (8)||Channel Islands||1980|
|Colorado (4)||Black Canyon of the Gunnison||1999|
|Great Sand Dunes||2004|
|New Mexico||Carlsbad Caverns||1930|
|North Carolina||Great Smoky Mountains||1934|
|North Dakota||Theodore Roosevelt||1978|
|South Dakota (2)||Badlands||1978|
|Tennessee||Great Smoky Mountains||1934|
|Texas (2)||Big Bend||1944|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||Virgin Islands||1956|
|Washington (3)||Mount Rainier||1899|
|Wyoming (2)||Grand Teton||1929|
Here's a great story from Yosemite!
Happy National Park Week! and happy, safe travels to you, wherever you are!
So much to see in this great country, and our lifestyle can make seeing it possible.ReplyDelete
We're way behind on visiting National Parks, but at least we've been to all three in Florida!ReplyDelete
It sounds like maybe you're getting hitch itch?
Great blog. Thanks for the chart. I didn't know MN and MI had a National Park.ReplyDelete
Love the letter.
Great post Jeannie. Love those National Parks!! Sure would love to get to those ones in Alaska. Where did you find that National park Chart. I'd love to have that.ReplyDelete
really great. . .we want to see them all!ReplyDelete
Cute letter with the sticks ;) We will be visiting Yosemite from 5/6-5/13! I love, love, love Yosemite. George has never been there. George has the wonderful Senior pass, so we get into all the national parks for free!ReplyDelete
Good reminder to make a chart and starting checking them off. We have been to many, but I haven't been keeping track. I heard one of your favorites, Acadia, isn't opening until late May because of sequestration. I hope the cutbacks don't take a toll on our national treasures.ReplyDelete
As soon as my husband turned 62 he got his free senior pass and we're having fun visited as many as we can and having our passport books stamped along the way. Our favorite so far is Zion in Utah. But each park is unique. I just read something about the possibility of charging seniors for their lifetime pass due to the National Park debt situation, any one else hear about this?ReplyDelete