Gateway Arch National Park

The Gateway Arch was named an official National Park in February 2018.  Even though it is our nation’s smallest park, it offers a whole lot of history.  The Arch was originally built as a monument to symbolize the role St. Louis played in westward expansion during the 19th century.  The Arch measures in at 630 […]

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Hot Springs National Park

Before traveling to Hot Springs National Park, I didn’t really know what to expect. For starters, I had no idea this park was in the middle of a city. However, Hot Springs is considered an “urban park,” and is indeed nestled in the heart of downtown Hot Springs. The Park is surrounded by shops, restaurants, […]

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park is located in northeastern Arizona.  What once was a swampy forest is now a vast dry land flooded with petrified wood, some 225 million years old.  The history, geology, and unexpected beauty within this national park really impressed me.  With so much to see & explore, Petrified Forest is definitely worth […]

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Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon became a National Park in 1919.  The canyon touches four different states (Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado) and covers an area of 1,900 square miles.  My sister and I visited the South Rim in March, which is the perfect time to visit before temperatures being to rise.  We visited the South Rim, […]

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Virgin Islands National Park

The island of St. John covers the majority of U.S. Virgin Islands National Park. It’s a park known for its breathtaking beaches and tropical forests. This was a combo parks and birthday trip because both my mom and I have birthdays in January. I have yet to meet anyone who loves the beach & ocean […]

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Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park was my second solo park adventure.  This Park ranges in elevation from 2,180 ft in the Tucson Mountain District to 8,666 ft elevation in the Rincon Mountain District.  The vast differences in elevation create widely varied habitats in each region of the park, making them both equally awesome to explore. I started […]

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White Sands National Park

I set out for my first solo parks trip in the fall of 2021 to White Sands National Park.  This national park is located in New Mexico in the Tularosa Basin, completely surrounded by the White Sands Missile Range.  White Sands was upgraded from a National Monument to a National Park in December 2019.  I […]

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Katmai National Park

Katmai National Park was the last stop on our 2021 Alaskan summer adventure, and an adventure it was.  To get to Katmai, we had to first make our way to King Salmon, Alaska. King Salmon is an eclectic place.  The “town” consists of a few places for lodging, a restaurant/bar/coffee shop/gas station combo, a bank, […]

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park is located on the Kenai Peninsula, just outside the town of Seward, AK.  This National Park gets its name from the vast fjords lining the coast of the park.  The combination of marine life and icefield environments make this park incredibly special, just so special in fact, it has become one […]

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Denali National Park

Denali National Park was first established as a National Park in 1917, under the name of Mount McKinley National Park. It wasn’t until 1980 when its name was then changed to Denali National Park and Preserve.  Standing at 20,310 feet tall, the highest peak in North America, Denali is a wondrous sight to see.  Unfortunately, […]

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