Exploring Possibilities

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list

United States National Parks

I visited my first National Park when I was 22 years old while driving from Buffalo, New York to Los Angeles, California with my Dad. As cliche as it is, Grand Canyon National Park would prove to be my first visit to a designated National Park. I remember my Dad and I talking about how it could have formed and being blown away at the grandiosity of the canyon. As I moved back to Los Angeles and visited Yosemite, I had similar thoughts - how did Yosemite Valley form? How am I looking at something so beautiful? It soon became clear that each and every park would be different from the rest.

 

I am so thankful the National Park Service is "charged with preserving these lands and historic features that were designated by the Nation for their cultural and historic significance, scenic and environmental worth, and educational and recreational opportunities." 

I have since added "Visit all 60 US National Parks" to my bucket list and as eager as I am to visit each park, I am just as excited to share the beauty of each park with you. In the future, I hope to create a "how-to guide" for each park. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my personal experiences at each park. 

  1. Gateway Arch National Park (visited before it was a designated NPS)

  2. Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)

  3. Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)

  4. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)

  5. Badlands National Park (South Dakota)

  6. Kenai Fjords National Park (Alaska, June 2015)

  7. Denali National Park (Alaska, June 2015)

  8. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (Alaska, June 2015)

  9. Yosemite National Park (California, August 2016)

  10. Saguaro National Park (Arizona, September 2016)

  11. Joshua Tree National Park (California, November 2016)

  12. Death Valley National Park (California, April 2017)

  13. Zion National Park (Utah, June 2016)

  14. Channel Islands National Park (California, September 2017)

  15. Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas, January 2018)

  16. Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico, January 2018)

  17. Big Bend National Park (Texas, January 2018)

  18. Olympic National Park (Washington, January 2018)

  19. Capitol Reef National Park (Utah, February 2018)

  20. Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah, February 2018)

  21. Pinnacles National Park (California, April 2018)

  22. Great Basin National Park (Nevada, June 2018)

  23. Sequoia National Park (California, June 2018)

  24. Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida, July 2018)

  25. Biscayne National Park (Florida, July 2018)

  26. Everglades National Park (Florida, July 2018)

  27. Lassen Volcanic National Park (California, August 2018)

  28. Redwoods National Park (California, September 2018)

  29. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio, September 2018)

  30. Virgin Islands National Park (St. John USVI, September 2018)

  31. Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona, October 2018)

  32. Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas, November 2018)

  33. Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky, November 2018)

  34. National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa, December 2018)

  35. Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado, December 2018)