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Poll Results: Have you ever been to a National Park?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 46% (77)
    Yes, as a child
  • 50% (84)
    Yes, as an adult
  • 3% (5)
    No, never
166 Total Votes  
post #41 of 61

I've been to state parks a few times, & of course little neighborhood parks - never been to a National park, although I'd like to someday.

post #42 of 61

Lots of 'em, although not the big ones most people go to.  Some favorites:

 

Mt. Desert Island, Maine

Veedauwoo, Wyoming

Muir Woods, California

Jockey Hollow, New Jersey

Ft. Jefferson, Florida

Delaware Water Gap, NJ and PA

Ellis Island, NY

Alcatraz, California

 

We love National Parks!

post #43 of 61

Well, now I feel like an ass for saying that Yellowstone was overrated LOL.  It just was one of my least favorite.  Pre-kids, we spent a good deal of time there, hiking the backcountry and such, camping, and the whole shebang, and well, it just didn't do it for me.  We stayed away from the beaten path.  Having spent over a month in combined trips, we never even saw Old Faithful.  We wanted the "real" Yellowstone.  Well, still not my favorite.  I much preferred the Tetons.  Much.  Maybe I had Yellowstone too built up in my mind, but yeah, didn't deliver for me.  bag.gif

post #44 of 61
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Originally Posted by ramama View Post

Well, now I feel like an ass for saying that Yellowstone was overrated LOL.  It just was one of my least favorite.  Pre-kids, we spent a good deal of time there, hiking the backcountry and such, camping, and the whole shebang, and well, it just didn't do it for me.  We stayed away from the beaten path.  Having spent over a month in combined trips, we never even saw Old Faithful.  We wanted the "real" Yellowstone.  Well, still not my favorite.  I much preferred the Tetons.  Much.  Maybe I had Yellowstone too built up in my mind, but yeah, didn't deliver for me.  bag.gif



My avatar is of the Tetons!  (and some pine trees)

post #45 of 61

You would have to pay me _a lot_ to go to Disney-anything.  Never been, don't want to go, hope it's never an issue with the kids.  Dh has been to both and says there's no reason to go, just go to an Amusement Park with better rides.

 

BUT - both girls have been in 31 states now (dh has been in all but three states).  We have a National Park pass we renew every year.  I would add, for those who don't like to camp, it's often easy to find VRBOs or rental cabins which can be more affordable than hotel rooms/fast food.   Many National Parks/Sites/Monuments can be a simple day trip - not all of them need to be an extended, week-long camping trip.  When we're traveling, we make an effort to stop at as many of these sites as possible.  Here's a link to the National Park Service's "Find a Park" page:

http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

 

Dh's dad wants to use his Senior Pass to visit all the National Parks now that he's retired. 

 

The Parks/Monuments we've been to are (* means pre-kid):

 

*Yellowstone (as a kid, I live in the area but haven't been since the Fire of '88) :bag

*Gettysburg

*Independence Park (Liberty Bell et al)

*the National Mall (and all the Memorials/Monuments)

*Ford's Theatre

*Theodore Roosevelt National Park (ND)

*Grant-Kohrs Ranch (National Historic site, MT)

*Fort Laramie National Historic Site (WY)

Glacier (MT)

*Denali National Park (AK)

*Kenai Fjords National Park (AK)

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Great Smokey Mountains (TN, NC)

Congaree (SC - not well known but really great)

[Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (FL)  - we circled but couldn't find parking.  Apparently a particularly popular destination on Mother's Day?! ]

US Grant Historic Site (MO)

Great Sand Dunes National Park (CO)

Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)

Dinosaur National Monument  (CO/UT)(the enclosed display  was closed for remodeling though)

[Mesa Verde was closed for winter but we did visit http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ahc.html The Anasazi Cultural Heritage Center which was awesome]

Arches (UT)

Grand Canyon (AZ)

Bryce (UT)

Capitol Reef (UT)

Zion (UT)

Mt. St. Helens National Monument (WA)

Mount Rainier National Park (WA)

 

Portions of the following National Historic Trails:

Appalachian Trail

Lewis & Clark Trail

Oregon Trail

 

Not listed as a National Park/Monument when I checked the site, but also have been to:

*Arlington National Cemetery

*Mount Vernon

Hoover Dam

Cape Canaveral in FL (NASA)

 

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We drive through Little Bighorn National Monument frequently but haven't yet stopped. There is a reenactment there every year we'd like to attend, and they have a memorial to all the soldiers they've lost in American wars we'd also like to visit.  This should be our goal this year sometime!

 

Whether people are interested in history, or nature, or whatever - I think there's something in the National Parks/Monuments/Historical Sites for *everyone.* 

 

(A link to a site which catalogs all the State Parks, too, as well as a few more of the National Landmark etc. type places:  http://www.stateparks.com/usa.html )

post #46 of 61

Looking at the list of state parks, I've actually been to more than I realized.

 

Although it's not a state park, I too really loved Hoover Dam.  We went there when we drove from AZ to Vegas.  HD is awesome!

post #47 of 61

I've been to dozens.  We went to at least two on every family vacation from when I was 4-21.  Plus my parents live right by one so we used to go there 3-4 times a year to swim in the summer.

post #48 of 61

Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Dozens of time.

 

It's one of the most visited national parks in the country, though, not because its famous like Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, but because its so accessible and surrounded by cities and suburbs. It's lovely, BTW.

post #49 of 61

I've been to Yosemite many, many times. I'm actually going to be up there this weekend. These days I avoid high season--the falls are gorgeous, but like at all the 'big' Parks the crowds are insane.

 

I've also been to Muir Woods, Mt. St. Helens, the Grand Canyon, and Alcatraz, and I'm probably missing a few more.

post #50 of 61

I've been to a fair number of them:

 

Voyaguers National Park (not sure that counts as it actually wasn't a National Park when I was there)

Glacier National Park

Yosemite National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park (bonus points if you can name the state without looking it up!)

Badlands National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Lewis & Clark National Park

Harry S. Truman National Park

 

If we're including national monuments, the list is even longer!

 

My favorites are:

Crater Lake

Grand Canyon

Glacier

 

post #51 of 61

I've been to several national parks both as a kid and as an adult. I also worked in a National Forest (BigHorn) one summer. I've never been to Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon though. I'll make it there someday.

post #52 of 61

Just because I don't think anyone has mentioned it.... Mt. Lassen is my most frequented national park orngbiggrin.gif 

 

I've also been to Yosemite several times, Crater Lake, and many more that I can't think of.  My sister and I had these national part "passports" that they stamp at all the national parks.  I know that there are lots of stamps in there.  I'll have to see if I can dig that up.

post #53 of 61

I love visiting the national parks.  I've also been to too many to list.  One of the most memorable was a trip to Isle Royale National Park, supposedly the least visited national park.  Can't wait until my kids are a bit bigger so that we can hike more with them.

post #54 of 61

I thought Lassen was the least visited or the "loneliest" or something... at least that's what I've always told everyone!

post #55 of 61
We watched that PBS series on National Parks and decided we wanted to visit as many as we could.

We got those national park passports about a year ago for both of the kids. I've stamped DS2's passport for him but DS1 loves being able to add more stamps to his passport when we travel. I would guess they have about 10 stamps in each of theirs. Of course, we went to DC last year and got about 7 of them there. The others were down in Virginia at Jamestown and Yorktown.

The week before Easter is National Park week where the parks which normally charge admission are free. We'll be taking advantage of that again this year. joy.gif

Here is the link for the free days this year.
post #56 of 61

I live about 45 minutes from Acadia, so we go there pretty often. I've also been to Olympic National Park and Snæfellsjökull in Iceland.

post #57 of 61
This is an interesting thread because it shows me that in a national parks numbers game like this the east coast is always going to have the advantage. Out here on the west cost the national parks are really far apart! It takes some major roadtrippin' to hit them. So orngtongue.gif.

That being said I've been to Lassen too and I forgot to add it to my list. Muir Woods and Golden Gate National Recreation area stuff doesn't count.

And darn it, I grew up in Michigan where there are no accessible national parks (Isle Royal doesn't count because you cannot drive there).
post #58 of 61
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Originally Posted by ecoteat View Post

I live about 45 minutes from Acadia, so we go there pretty often. I've also been to Olympic National Park and Snæfellsjökull in Iceland.



OT, but I want to go to Iceland so badly. We are thinking of a trip to Europe in the next year or so (maybe, maybe - we're also buying a house and it depends on how much of a fixer-upper we get) and I'd love to plan a stopover in Iceland. 

 

post #59 of 61

We plan our vacations around national parks and properties maintained by the NPS.  We also like national forests.  If we're traveling with the dog and the nearest national park is not dog-friendly, we might opt for a state park, instead.

 

I can't keep track of how many we've visited altogether, but we did buy a NPS passport book when DS was born.  We stamp it when we visit a site with him and let him pick out stickers for it every so often.  

 

What I can remember from last year:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, Smithsonian/National Mall (Just Air & Space), Natchez Trace (just driving a bit on the northern stretch to a family reunion), Andrew Johnson NHS, Fort McHenry, Philadelphia (we hit various sites there when we visit several times a year) . . .

 

So far this year, we've been up at to Shenandoah and we've done some hiking in the George Washington National Forest (Pedlar district).  We'll be visiting the Lincoln Home in IL next month.

post #60 of 61

Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Muir Woods, Alcatraz, Presidio; Mesa Verde in CO; Harry S Truman home in Missouri; Delaware River, PA: Cape Cod National Seashore, all the ones in the Boston area including the Freedom Trail and its sites and the Minuteman in Concord, Adams in Quincy, Salem, Harbor Islands, JFK Birthplace (my old neighborhood!); Fort in St. Augustine, FL; all Washington DC monuments; Denali and Glacier Bay in Alaska; Virgin Islands on St. John; Assateague Island in MD/VA; Manassas in VA; Statue of Liberty, NY; 

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