National Parks

There are fifty-nine officially designated national parks in the United States and its dependent areas.

National Parks I Have Visited (39 down, 20 to go!)

Arizona: Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro
Arkansas: Hot Springs
California: Channel Islands, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Kings Canyon, Lassen Volcanic, Pinnacles, Redwood, Sequoia, Yosemite
Colorado: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes, Rocky Mountain
Hawaii: Hawaiʻi Volcanoes
Kentucky: Mammoth Cave
Maine: Acadia
Montana: Glacier, Yellowstone
New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns
North Carolina: Great Smoky Mountains
Ohio: Cuyahoga Valley
Oregon: Crater Lake
South Carolina: Congaree
South Dakota: Badlands, Wind Cave
Tennessee: Great Smoky Mountains
Texas: Big Bend, Guadalupe Mountains
Utah: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Zion
Virginia: Shenandoah
Washington: Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Olympic
Wyoming: Grand Teton, Yellowstone

National Parks I’ve Yet to Visit

Alaska: Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, Wrangell-St. Elias
Colorado: Mesa Verde
Florida: Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, Everglades
Hawaii: Haleakala
Michigan: Isle Royale
Minnesota: Voyageurs
Nevada: Great Basin
North Dakota: Theodore Roosevelt
Utah: Canyonlands
American Samoa
U.S. Virgin Islands

Top Ten Favorite National Parks (at the moment)
I thought of these in terms of which ones I would most enjoy revisiting. Some parks simply must be seen at least once, like Crater Lake or the Grand Canyon, but they are not here.

1. Grand Teton: Gorgeous landscape, great hiking, flora and fauna
2. Death Valley: Incredible vistas, a variety of activities
3. Glacier: Less in your face than Grand Teton but a similar feel
4. Redwood: At once spiritual, peaceful, and majestic
5. Bryce Canyon: The most singular in terms of landscape
6. Yosemite: Many would argue that this should be higher
7. Zion: Hiking is key for getting a handle on the whole landscape
8. Yellowstone: Most car friendly, great variety, but not for hiking
9. Arches: Impressive, but you must get off the beaten path
10. Carlsbad Caverns: The caves are incredible, especially if you visit during Bat Flight season (May-October), and the proximity to Guadalupe Mountains provides additional hiking opportunities


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Wherein I document my quest to visit all U.S. national parks and other travel adventures

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