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Reader Participation Day: What Tops Your National Park Bucket List?


If costs and scheduling didn't get in the way, what national park trip would top your bucket list? Want to float the Colorado through Grand Canyon National Park, or climb Mount McKinley in Denali?

Would you spend a week in Yellowstone, or explore Glacier's backcountry, or maybe take a week or two to tour the parks that preserve Civil War battlefields, places like Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Manassas National Battlefield?

With more than 400 units of the National Park System, there are many, many, many choices ... and with so little time and money, it shouldn't be too difficult to name the one national park trip that tops your list. So tell us.


My bucket list is long but I can narrow it down to the top two: Camping in Dry Tortugas and a long slow raft trip down the Colorado.

Kobuk Valley NP. Float the Kobuk River and hike the dunes.

My husband and I have a bucket list of visiting all 400+ National Parks. So far, we've gotten about 120 of them in the past 7 years. Personally, I'm really excited about the Redwoods and the other parks in that area.

aCompleting a cross canyon hike of the Grand Canyon.

Two things have been on my list:
1) visit 50 National Parks (the capital N / capital P ones) by the end of the year I turn 50 (I'm very close)
2) live within a national park - made that goal as of last October (the town of Beverly Shores is located within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore).

I want to watch grizzly bears fish at Katmai National Park in Alaska.

Just continue visiting as many of the parks I have not already visited as I can and enjoy the diversity and wonders found in them -- along with meeting and learning to appreciate all the good people who work in and visit them.

And to share as many of those experiences as possible with my grand daughters.

One day I want to take the time and spend two weeks or so in one park only instead of touring around. As there are so many parks I haven't visited at all so far this may still take some time to achieve...

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