Category Archives: National Park Travels

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park was our 61st of the 63 National Parks. Whenever we told anyone who had been there that we were going, they always said Acadia was magnificent. They were right. Acadia is beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed it. … Continue reading

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Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower, America’s first National Monument, was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 – ten years before there was a National Park Service.  Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming is hard to describe. The first word that comes to mind … Continue reading

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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

In the middle of New Mexico are three distinct sites which make up Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The visitor center for the monument is located in the town of Mountainair. Three large groups of ruins at Gran Quivira, Abó, … Continue reading

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Capulin Volcano National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeastern New Mexico is significant in a variety of ways. This monument has several stories wrapped around it: geological, archaeological, and historical. Our visit was during the pandemic and the Visitor Center was not open … Continue reading

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Shiloh National Military Park

We visited Shiloh National Military Park in Mississippi and Tennessee in September. The Battle of Shiloh and the siege of Corinth were important engagements early in the Civil War. “If defeated here we lose the Mississippi Valley, and probably our … Continue reading

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Booker T. Washington National Monument

Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1856 in Franklin County, Virginia on the 207-acre tobacco farm of James Burroughs. We recently visited his birthplace. Since it was during the covid-19 pandemic the visitor center was closed but the … Continue reading

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White Sands National Park

White Sands National Park in southern New Mexico is a unique place. Established as White Sands National Monument in 1933, we were not sure that it should have been re-designated as a National Park in 2019. It surprised us and … Continue reading

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park in October was our 60th  National Park.  Unfortunately we visited during the pandemic so the only tour operating was the expanded historic self-guided tour. It was disappointing because we saw a very small portion of the … Continue reading

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A new National Park

It’s happened again! Just when we get close to completing our goal of visiting all the National Parks, a new one appears. This may be a never-ending quest! West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River was just designated the nation’s … Continue reading

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Shenandoah National Park

We visited Shenandoah National Park the end of September. We were a little early for fall color but it was beautiful nevertheless. Shenandoah is a long, narrow park of mountain forest in northern Virginia.   We stayed in two different … Continue reading

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