Traveler's Checklist

Traveler's Checklist: De Soto National Memorial

DESOTO - Living History camp
De Soto National Monument is the park unit that commemorates the earliest event in American history. Though the site is only 30 acres, there's a lot to do for every member of the family.

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.

Traveler's Checklist: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis

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

Traveler's Checklist: 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.

Traveler's Checklist: 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.

Traveler's Checklist: 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.

Traveler's Checklist: Wright Brothers National Memorial

Plane Sculpture
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.

Traveler's Checklist: Zion National Park

Planning a trip to Zion National Park? Let Traveler help you plan some of your exploration of this southwestern Utah wonder with our checklist to the park.

Traveler's Checklist: 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.

Traveler's Checklist: Crater Lake National Park

Copyright QT Luong
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.

Traveler's Checklist: A Winter Trip to Kings Mountain National Military Park

KIMO-Major Ferguson's grave
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.

Traveler's Checklist: Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

GUCO - Nathanial Greene Statue
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park offers a quiet oasis of Revolutionary War history and good walking paths in Greensboro, North Carolina. On her way to hike another section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Danny Bernstein spent a day in the first military park to preserve a battlefield of the American Revolution.

2010 in Review: Traveler's Checklists

This year we posted 16 Traveler's Checklists to help you plan your park visits. Did you miss any? Here's a list with handy links.

Traveler's Checklist: Cumberland Island National Seashore

Cumberland Island NS - Dungeness Ruins
Is Cumberland Island National Seashore harboring a secret, or is it merely the victim of bad karma? Or is it just a coincidence that three powerful men connected with the island died in their prime? What about the three structures, each named Dungeness, that burned under mysterious circumstances?

Traveler's Checklist: Bryce Canyon National Park, Winter Edition

Though summer draws the bulk of Bryce Canyon National Park's 1.2 million annual visitors, a strong argument can be made that winter is a more fascinating time to visit this red-rock icon. The sharp contrasts between fresh-fallen snow, cerulean skies, and the park's red-hued amphitheaters are spectacular. If you can manage a winter escape, here are some tips for touring Bryce Canyon.

Traveler's Checklist: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

This popular park situated in the Cleveland-Akron urban region of northeastern Ohio offers a nice selection of scenic delights and outdoor recreational pursuits.

Traveler's Checklist: Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas - Two Dream Sites For Children

Reenactors at Castillo de San Marcos
Two national monuments, separated by only about 15 miles, provide some great history on 16th, 17th, and 18th century colonization of Florida. Here's the Traveler's checklist to help you plan your visits.

Traveler's Checklist: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

You can't properly visit this park without seeing the main cave and its Big Room, but there are other delights to sample as well.

Traveler's Checklist: Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the world's first national park created specifically to protect a river system, preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.

Traveler's Checklist: Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway

As I cross Basin Creek one more time on my way to Caudill Cabin, I carefully place my left foot and then my right between rocks and wonder where the drought is now that I could use it. It’s a warm mid-summer day and I’m in one of the most remote areas I’ve been in.

Traveler's Checklist: Chickasaw National Recreation Area

It's a shame that Chickasaw National Recreation Area flies under the radar. This recreational cornucopia in south-central Oklahoma attracts over a million visitors a year. Here's information you can use to plan your own visit.

Traveler's Checklist: Shenandoah National Park

Boasting the Skyline Drive parkway, gorgeous scenery, abundant wildlife, over 500 miles of trails, and many other attractions, Virginia's Shenandoah National Park is one of America's most popular national parks. Here are some suggestions for maximizing the pleasure of your visit.

Traveler's Checklist: Yosemite National Park

Stick your head into Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park and you'll quickly come to appreciate why they say that 95 percent of the park's visitors can be found in the spectacularly scenic valley. And while it's good they've come to explore the valley, they'll head home greatly shortchanged if they don't explore the rest of the park.
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Traveler's Checklist: Mesa Verde National Park

Situated on the Colorado Plateau in southwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park offers a wonderful opportunity to experience a unique cultural and physical landscape. The park's numerous archeological sites, including renowned Cliff Palace, are some of the most significant and best-preserved in the U.S.

Traveler’s Checklist: Congaree National Park

What can you say about a place that’s an International Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area, a National Natural Landmark, a federally designated Wilderness Area, and an Outstanding National Resource Waters designee? Well, for one thing, you can say “Go visit it!”

Traveler's Checklist: Glacier Bay National Park

Half again as large as Yellowstone National Park, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve can be a conundrum for visitors. If you arrive via cruise ship, how can you possibly get a good taste of this 3.3-million acre landscape of ice, ocean, and forest?

Traveler’s Checklist: Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The first national seashore is still one of the best. Here’s some information and advice you’ll want to keep in mind as you plan your visit to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the pride of the Outer Banks.

Traveler's Checklist: The Well-Stocked National Park Lover's Library, National Edition

If you frequent national parks on a regular basis, you need a well-stocked personal library of park-related books. They're essential to plan for trips, and to place yourself in a national-park setting from the comfort of your armchair. What titles should you stock? In this checklist, the Traveler touches on a general reading list that will provide a sound backbone for your collection. Down the road we'll delve into region-specific lists.

Traveler's Checklist: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta’s historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood attracts people from all over America and the world. Here are some things every visitor should know.

Traveler’s Checklist: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcanic activity and volcanic landscapes are the centerpiece attractions of this unique park on Hawaii’s Big Island. Here are some things to know before you go.
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