2011 Traveler's Checklists

During the past year we published 11 checklists to help you plan your national park visits. Here's a rundown of them.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park offers a quiet oasis of Revolutionary War history and good walking paths in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Kings Mountain National Military Park

Kings Mountain National Military Park offers a great winter day out. After watching the film explaining the battle, kids could play Loyalist and Tories for hours taking turns climbing to the top of the hill and declaring victory.

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Crater Lake National Park

Despite its deep, shimmering namesake lake, Crater Lake National Park is one of the lesser visited of the great national parks. For those who make the journey, that's a great reward. For those who don't, well, they're missing something special.

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Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter National Monument has become an even more popular tourist destination now that the Civil War 150th anniversary commemoration is under way. Here is information to help you plan your visit.

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Zion National Park

It's easy to be overwhelmed once you pass through the Springdale entrance into Zion National Park. Towering sandstone ramparts soar overhead, and the walls seem to squeeze in on you as you enter Zion Canyon.

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Wright Brothers National Memorial

The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina interprets a fascinating story of the best of American ingenuity, grit and perseverance. Through talks, exhibits, a movie and just walking, visitors can feel the elation felt by Wilbur and Orville Wright when their plane first stayed in the air for 12 seconds.

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Gettysburg National Military Park

The information provided here should prove very helpful if you plan to be among the more than one million people who visit Gettysburg National Military Park this year.

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Cape Lookout National Seashore

Pssst! Love Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but not the crowds and resort atmosphere? Plan a visit to neighboring Cape Lookout National Seashore, where the wild side still reigns.

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Petersburg National Battlefield

Virginia has plenty of Civil War battlefields, many of which are part of the National Park System. One that seems to rise above others, though, is Petersburg National Battlefield, which history has left with a massive crater from a poorly executed Union attack.

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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Standing under the iconic arch at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is awesome. But the site has so much more worth exploring.

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