I adore the USA National Parks and am currently on a quest to see all of them! Every time I set foot in a National Park my life is changed!
My parents always took my brothers and I camping and on road trips, and I was blessed to visit many national parks growing up. I also participated in the Junior Ranger programs both at the MN State Parks and the National Parks, and to this day cherish all the memories I made with amazing park rangers in amazing places. The first 5 years my husband and I were married we did a lot of international and luxury travel. When we had our daughter 3 years ago, we decided our new mission was going to be to see more our own country, the USA. It was time to get back to road tripping and camping, and staying closer to home. This has been AWESOME, as the trips we have taken in the past three years outshine many of my other travel memories.
Currently, I have seen 15 out of the 59, so it’s safe to say I have a way to go! In 2017, I have two big trips planned so far, and I am super excited to check more off my bucket list!
In the end of January I am heading to Arizona with a friend, and we will be visiting the Grand Canyon, and in June my family is planning an epic road trip west from Minnesota to Washington, stopping at all the National Parks along the way! Feel free to send me any suggestions or favorites from these parks (keeping in mind we will have two kiddos with).
If you are also looking to enjoy the National Parks this year here are 10 days when you can visit for FREE!
- January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 20: Presidents Day
- April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
I’d also like to add that the Beautiful Great Smoky Mountain National Park is free year round, every year. We were surprised when we learned this on our recent visit. To read more on why click here!
The National Parks have already left me with countless memories as well as life lessons! You learn a lot in nature; about yourself, and about the world! The National Parks are the perfect place to connect with nature and nature lovers. With so many to choose from, there is something for everyone!
I hope you enjoyed the photos of my last few years of National Park visits! Cheers to many more!
Much Love & Happy Travels,