National Parks

Over the last several years, I have had the good fortune to visit several of our nation’s best ideas: the National Parks, National Monuments, National Historic Sites and National Seashores.   Here are the ones that I have been to (with a link to my post about it if there is one – some have several posts):

National Parks

  1. Acadia NP History, Cadillac Mountain, Thunder Hole, The Bubbles, Bass Harbor Head Light, Seawall
  2. Arches NPHistory, Wolfe Ranch, Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Park Avenue and Balanced Rock, Broken Arch and Sand Dune Arch, The Windows and Double Arch
  3. Badlands NP – History, Scenery, Wildlife, 2018 Evening, 2018 Visit
  4. Black Canyon of the Gunnison NPHistory, South Rim
  5. Bryce Canyon NP
  6. Canyonlands NPHistory, Murphy Point Overlook, Mesa Arch, Aztec Butte and Grand View Point, Neck Spring Trail
  7. Capitol Reef NP
  8. Crater Lake NP 2011 Visit, History, Boat Tour
  9. Cuyahoga Valley NPHistory, Brandywine Falls and Towpath Trail, Hale Farm and Beaver Marsh
  10. Death Valley NP
  11. Gateway Arch NP
  12. Glacier NP History, Hidden Lake Hike, Avalanche Lake Hike, St. Mary’s Lake
  13. Grand Canyon NPHistory, Rim Trail, Grand Canyon Village, Wildlife, Desert View Watchtower, Hiking Below the Rim
  14. Grand Teton NP History, Cunningham Cabin, Jenny Lake, Menor’s Ferry, Wildlife, Tidbits, Cunningham Cabin & Moose
  15. Great Sand Dunes NPHistory, Sand Dune Hike
  16. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes NPHistory, Visit
  17. Indiana Dunes NP2018 Visit
  18. Joshua Tree NPHistory, Willow Hole Trail and Barker Dam, Keys View and Lost Horse Mine, Skull Rock and Hidden Valley
  19. Lassen Volcanic NPIntro
  20. Mammoth Cave NP History, Cave Tour
  21. Mesa Verde NPHistory, Cliff Palace, Balcony House, Spruce Tree House, Wild Horses
  22. Mount Rainier NPHistory, Snowshoeing at Paradise, Waterfalls, National Park Inn, Rampart Ridge Trail
  23. North Cascades NP
  24. Olympic NPHurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent and the Hoh Rain Forest, Rialto Beach, Ozette Triangle Hike, Murhut Falls, Staircase Rapids Hike
  25. Petrified Forest NPHistory, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest trails
  26. Redwood NPVisitor’s Center and Battery Point Lighthouse, Sea Lions and Newton B. Drury Scenic Highway, Avenue of the Giants
  27. Rocky Mountain National ParkHistory, Trail Ridge Road, Holzwarth Historic Site
  28. Saguaro NP
  29. Shenandoah NPHistory, Compton Gap and Mary’s Rock, Dark Hollow Falls and Big Meadows Lodge, Rapidan Camp Hike
  30. Theodore Roosevelt NPHistory, Scenery and Hikes, Wildlife
  31. Wind Cave NP History, Tour
  32. Yellowstone NP History, Geysers, Hot Springs, Mud Pots, Waterfalls, Fort Yellowstone, Bison, Wildlife, Tidbits, Hayden Valley/LeHardy Rapids, Old Faithful and West Thumb
  33. Yosemite NP
  34. Zion NPHistory, Angels Landing Hike, Lodge and Emerald Pools Hike

National Monuments

  1. Cabrillo NM
  2. Casa Grande Ruins NM
  3. Cedar Breaks NM
  4. Chiracahua NM
  5. Colorado NMHistory, Devil’s Kitchen Hike and Rim Rock Drive
  6. Craters of the Moon NM & Preserve
  7. Devil’s Tower NM
  8. Effigy Mounds NM
  9. Flight 93 NM
  10. Florissant Fossil Beds NMHistory, Hornbek Homestead and Fossils
  11. Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine
  12. Fort Pulaski NM
  13. Fort Stanwix NM
  14. Fort Sumter NM
  15. George Washington Birthplace NM
  16. Hovenweep NM
  17. Jewel Cave NM
  18. President Lincoln and Soldier’s Home NM
  19. Little Bighorn Battlefield NM
  20. Natural Bridges NM
  21. Ocmulgee NM
  22. Oregon Caves NMHistory, Cave Tour, Oregon Caves Chateau
  23. Petroglyph NM
  24. Pipestone NM
  25. Pompeys Pillar NM
  26. Statue of Liberty NM

National Historic Sites

  1. Andersonville NHSAndersonville Prison, Andersonville National Cemetery
  2. First Ladies NHS
  3. Ford’s Theatre NHS
  4. Fort Laramie NHS
  5. Fort Vancouver NHS
  6. Friendship Hill NHS
  7. Grant-Kohrs NHS
  8. Harry S Truman NHS
  9. Herbert Hoover NHS
  10. John Muir NHSJohn Muir Home, Martinez Adobe
  11. Lincoln Home NHS
  12. Manzanar NHS
  13. Minuteman Missile NHS
  14. National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
  15. Nicodemus NHS
  16. Salem Maritime NHS
  17. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural NHS
  18. Ulysses S. Grant NHS
  19. Whitman Mission NHS
  20. William H. Taft NHS

National Historical Parks

  1. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHP
  2. Adams NHP
  3. Appomattox Court House NHP
  4. Boston NHP (the Boston Freedom Trail)Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 
  5. Brown v. Board of Education NHP
  6. George Rogers Clark NHP
  7. Chaco Culture NHPChaco History, Road to Chaco, Hungo Pavi and Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl and Petroglyphs, Casa Rinconada
  8. Colonial NHPHistoric Jamestowne NHP, Yorktown NHP
  9. Harpers Ferry NHP
  10. Lewis and Clark NHP
  11. Lowell NHP Boott Cotton Mills & Museum, Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibit
  12. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
  13. Martin Luther King, Jr. NHP
  14. Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau NHP
  15. Saratoga NHP
  16. Women’s Rights NHP

National Battlefields

  1. Antietam NB
  2. Fort Necessity NB
  3. Monocacy NB

National Historic Reserves

  1. Ebey’s Landing NH RESHistory, Ebey’s Landing Hike

National Military Parks

  1. Gettysburg NMP – 2008 Visit, Gettysburg NMP History, 2015 Visit
  2. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMPWilderness Battlefield and Ellwood, Jackson Shrine and Spotsylvania Court House

National Memorials

  1. Arlington House – The Robert E. Lee Memorial
  2. Flight 93 NM
  3. Johnstown Flood NM History, Cemetery
  4. Lincoln Boyhood NM
  5. McKinley Memorial
  6. Mount Rushmore NM

The National Mall

  1. Constitution Gardens
  2. Korean War Veterans Memorial
  3. Lincoln Memorial
  4. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  5. Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  6. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  7. Washington Monument
  8. White House
  9. World War I Memorial
  10. World War II Memorial

National Historic Trails

  1. Lewis and Clark NHT Lewis and Clark NHP, Pompeys Pillar NM, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

National Parkways

  1. Blue Ridge Parkway

National Scenic Trails

  1. Potomac Heritage NST

National Recreation Areas

  1. Golden Gate NRA

National Battlefield Parks

  1. Kennesaw Mountain NBP
  2. River Raisin NBP

National Lakeshores

  1. Sleeping Bear Dunes NLHistory, Dune Climb, Glenhaven/Lifesaving Station, Scenic Drive

National Seashores

  1. Assateague Island NS
  2. Point Reyes NSPoint Reyes Wildlife, Point Reyes Lighthouse, Elephant Beach

National Volcanic Monuments

  1. Mount St. Helens NVMHistory, Visit and Hike, Ape Cave

And even National Expansion Memorials!?

  1. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

U.S. Forest Service Sites

And finally, even though they are operated by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, I think the National Wildlife Refuges should be included too:

I visited more when I was a child and don’t really remember – but I’m not listing those here.  And although I have been to some, there are so many more to explore!  Some of these sites are enormous – some are tiny.  All have been worthwhile!  Get out and go!  And if you have been, tell me what you thought…


5 thoughts on “National Parks

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  2. You commented ny my blog: Expedition: US National Parks – yes I ordered her a US National Passport for Christmas along wisth some other stuff for Christmas. I am replying here because I don’t want her to see it.i

  3. Oh the places you have been!!! Amazing! I have been up & down the East coast, but I have not made it out West. One day…. I would highly recommend to you to visit Acadia National Park in Maine. SO Beautiful ♥.

    • I love the East Coast for its historic sites, but the West does have some amazing scenery! I have Acadia on my “list” – one day I’ll make it there, and to see the fall color in that part of the country. The Northwest’s fall color is a bit lacking, due to all the coniferous trees. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Camille

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