My Take On The National Parks

arizona desert My Take On The National Parks

I’ve been tuning in with many of you these past two weeks to enjoy director Ken Burns series  “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”  From my own perspective they were not only one of the best ideas, but one of the greenest, preserving the North American ecosystem for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

I’ve been enjoying unwinding at the end of the day and watching each of the episodes in the mini-series, so I began calculating how many of the National Parks I have actually visited.

Where I’ve Been:

  • Saguaro National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Acadia National Park

I’ve been to numerous State Parks and National Monuments, but I have to say I’m surprised at how few National Parks I’ve actually been to.  I’ve got traveling to do!

My favorite place to see and explore to date was Saguaro National Park, which I visited several April’s ago in time to see the desert just starting to burst with wildflowers.  Nothing on the East Coast could have prepared me for the size of the Saguaro Cacti, and the peaceful beauty of the Southwest.  It made such an impression on me that I’ve been unable to decorate my kitchen in recent years with anything other than the colors and themes of terra cotta mountains, and bright green cacti.

Your Thoughts: Where have you been, and what have been your favorite National Parks to visit?

Photo Courtesy of: Rennett Stowe

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  1. I watched some of this series and was actually anticipating it, but was disappointed. The presentation of it felt like I was back in 3rd grade watching some boring show.

    Haven’t visited that many National Parks either. I’ve been to:
    - Great Smoky Mountains
    - Grand Canyon
    - Arches
    - Canyonlands

    Backpacker magazine has a Top 25 Hall of Fame list this month with some pretty interesting pics.

    I live on the East coast and most of the parks or recommended ones are out west.

  2. Amy says:


    I have the same problem getting to see the parks when I live on the East Coast, but I hope to see more of them in the next few years. Thanks for the info on Backpacker Magazine, I will definitely check it out!

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