Tuesday, May 26, 2009

32 Down, 24 to Go

National Parks, that is. Because the best way to measure life experience is by collecting points. If I have more than you, I'm a better person. Hey, I kid, I kid!

This weekend I hit the Redwood National and State Parks in the NW corner of the state (pictures to come). Now that I have points for Redwood, I started looking at the list. Rather than post a list bragging about the ones I've been to, here's a list of the ones I haven't been to. I started ranking them but thought I'd leave it up to any readers to weigh in if they've been there. Note that the list neglects all the monuments and scenic rivers and historic sites I haven't yet been to, which would be enormous. In no particular order:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Virgin Islands National Park, U.S. Virgin Islands

Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Acadia National Park, Maine

National Park of American Samoa, American Samoa

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Channel Islands National Park, California

Congaree National Park, South Carolina

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, New Hampshire

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Any comments on these?


Gene said...

I've been to these from your list of 24:

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

They're all beautiful -- no surprise there. And they're all relatively small (at least compared with a lot of the NPs here in the west), but there's lots to see and photograph in them, so it's worth spending a block of time there.

Great Basin and Isle Royale are fairly far from any population centers (Great Sand Dunes is ~150 miles southwest of Colorado Springs), so take some planning to go to. Isle Royale in particular, since it's an island in the middle of Lake Superior.

In any event, all worth visiting.

Michael Caton said...

Thanks Gene. Great Basin I figure I can hit on a road trip where I'm passing through Nevada as long as I build in time to go out of my way. Isle Royale is one of the ones that most intrigues me since I also have only seen 3 of 5 Great Lakes, and only urban parts of them at that.

Gene said...

That's how I found Great Basin NP. Some years ago I was driving from California to Colorado avoiding interstates, and looked at the map to see what was there and possible places to camp.

When you go, be sure to take the cave tour, and get to the higher altitudes. There are some nice camp sites along the creek, and given the out-of-the-wayness of the park, getting a nice site is easy.

I've got one picture from Great Basin posted in my gallery here.