National parks, part 2: Begin to dream.

When does a trip begin?  Does it begin when you leave?  Or does it begins when you dream, when you have an idea?

I am writing this while we are still locked down by the pandemic.  As I wrote two weeks ago, it is good to see what is in the United States between the coasts, and a good place to start is with the U.S. National Parks.

Here are photos from my second group.  Asterisks note parks we haven’t been to yet.

  1. Dry Tortugas National Park: Florida
  2. Everglades National Park: Florida
  3. * Gates of the Arctic National Park: Alaska
  4. Gateway Arch National Park: Missouri
  5. Glacier Bay National Park: Alaska
  6. Glacier National Park: Montana
  7. Grand Canyon National Park: Arizona
  8. Grand Teton National Park: Wyoming
  9. Great Basin National Park: Nevada
  10. Great Sand Dunes National Park: Colorado
  11. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Tennessee, North Carolina
  12. Guadalupe Mountains National Park: Texas
  13. * Haleakalā National Park: Hawaii
  14. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park: Hawaii
  15. * Hot Springs National Park: Arkansas
  16. * Indiana Dunes National Park: Indiana
  17. Isle Royale National Park: Michigan
  18. Joshua Tree National Park: California
  19. * Katmai National Park: Alaska
  20. * Kenai Fjords National Park: Alaska
  21. Kings Canyon National Park: California

Click on photos to enlarge.


Click on the links to go to the National Park Service site for each park.

About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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17 Responses to National parks, part 2: Begin to dream.

  1. Can you please asterisk them all for me please Ray?

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    • ralietravels says:

      I have the solution for you. There was a fellow on CBS who visited them all as part of the celebration of the park’s 100th anniversary. That is the way to do it: visit them all and have someone else pay for your time and expenses. 🤔

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    • Having visited almost all of them (my wife and I dedicated a year to it), they are really hard to asterisk, Adam. Each has its own unique beauty. They do tend to lend themselves to visiting regionally. For example, the Southwest, California, the Northwest, Alaska, Florida, etc. The bottomline, however, you can’t go wrong. –Curt

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  2. neelstoria says:

    For me, real travel begins when I book my travel tickets 🙂
    The rest are only dreams and wishes and dozens of those I have – some which will never happen 🙂

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  3. neelstoria says:

    And those pictures are fantastic!

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  4. Sue Slaght says:

    Always wonderful to look back at photos and relive the joy of the experiences. We have rafted through the Grand Canyon and spent time in Glacier Bay. Both incredible experiences. Your list is a great resource for adventures in the years ahead for us.

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  5. There aren’t many national parks in the US you haven’t been to. You must have some wonderful memories!

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  6. Peggy and I took a year once, Ray and visited almost all of them, and all you listed except Isle Royale. Many happy memories! Thanks for reminding me! –Curt

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  7. I love your photos, they are amazingly beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

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  8. JohnRH says:

    Wow. Great photos, great parks! We are fortunate.

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  9. Dave Ply says:

    That’s quite a list. I didn’t do as well as your first batch, only five this time.

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  10. I hope you will be able to remove some asterisks from your list!

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