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State & National Parks & Monuments we have Visited.

Having been to several State and National Parks and Monuments on our journeys I thought I'd create a list and put it in an order of what we felt were the best at the top and least desirable at the bottom. I have also included a couple of Historic and other sites that I felt should be included. You may or may not agree with what I feel is "BEST", but this is the way it affected me. I hope it gives you a clue to some places you may not have seen yet. Feel free to comment.

Updated July 11, 2016
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  1. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Bryce Canyon National Park, USA
    All National Parks are not the same. Bryce Canyon National Park is not like any other National Park. If you are young, in shape, and able to hike, you can have one of the most fascinating trips you'll ever have.  If you are old, out-of-shape, or…
  2. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Yellowstone National Park, USA
    Magnificent mountains ranges, swift moving rivers, huge waterfalls, herds of bison and elk, gushing geysers sprinkle the landscape of natures most awe-inspiring playground for adventurers of all ages. Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park…
  3. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
    I have yet to see or run across a description or review of the Grand Canyon that does not include the word “amazing”. Out in the middle of the Arizona desert the Colorado River has managed to cut and erode the rivers path into truly a wonderful…
    This review was featured on Sunday September 21st, 2008
  4. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Sequoia National Park, California, USA
    About one hour east of my home in Visalia, California are the home of the largest trees in the entire world. The groves of giant Sequoia trees are a sight to behold.  Although the actual ages of the trees are not known, the estimates range from 1800…
  5. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Yosemite National Park, California, USA
    Since 1890 Yosemite has been one of the premier National Parks in the United States, with its spectacular mountain scenery in the Sierra Nevada range, and a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows and of course giant sequoia trees. The Tioga Pass, w…
  6. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA
    Unlike many of the caves you have seen before in different parts of the world the caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park were formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone, creating some of the largest caves in North America. There …
    This review was featured on Monday June 23rd, 2008
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Portland, Oregon, USA
    During our vacation in 2002 we had the pleasure to check a small portion of this 80 mile long gorge. According to Wikipedia there are over 77 waterfalls along the Oregon side alone. Well, we only got to see four. There were a couple of others that …
  8. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Glacier National Park, USA
    Glacier National Park, Montana, is loaded with rugged mountains, spectacular lakes, alpine meadows and nearly untouched forests. To visit this park should really take some time. Unfortunately, I had but a day. Entering from the western entrance we …
    This review was featured on Friday November 23rd, 2007
  9. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Zion National Park, USA
    Zion National Park is a 229 square mile landscape of deep canyons and soaring cliffs. From cool pine covered plateaus to scorching deserts. There are two entrances to the park. A southern entrance near Springdale, Utah, and an eastern entrance on UT-…
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Kings Canyon National Park, USA
    Kings Canyon National Park is neighbor to Sequoia National Park and in fact shares many boundaries.  In fact they are managed as one Park.  You can drive from Lodgepole in Sequoia to General Grant in Kings Canyon through some of the most beautiful …
  11. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Crater Lake, USA
    Crater Lake National Park was established as the fifth National Park back on May 22, 1902. This inspiring place combines a deep lake, at approximately 1940 feet, which makes it the seventh deepest lake in the world, with surrounding cliffs which ris…
  12. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Monument Valley, USA
    This unique area of south-eastern Utah is home to some of the most amazing sandstones formations in the world. Located on the Navajo reservation in the desert region these large natural structures, some as much as 1,000 feet tall, have been in more W…
  13. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Mount Rushmore National Memorial, USA
    Mount Rushmore National Memorial hosts about three million visitors a year from across the nation and around the world. They come to marvel at the majestic beauty of the Black Hills and to learn about the ideals of democracy and freedom represented b…
  14. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Springfield, Oregon, USA
    If you like nature and waterfalls. This is an exceptional adventure. Upper and Lower Proxy Falls, are two of the most photographed falls in the western United States and they are only about a one mile walk from the parking lot.  It's an easy stroll …
  15. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Petrified Forest National Park, USA
    Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona is not one the most visited and popular National Parks in the U. S. Out in the middle of one of the most deserted areas of Arizona it would be so easy to drive right on past it. But this is one place where…
  16. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Zion National Park Kolob Canyons, USA
    Many people completely miss this wonderful part of Zion National Park. Only about twenty miles north of the heavily traveled main section of Zion, this part of the National Park lies off of Interstate 15 and is about an hour away from the southern se…
  17. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Everglades City, Florida, USA
    Our trip across the southern portion of Florida took us straight through the buffer area between the quickly moving development of civilization and the huge yet very easily broken Everglades ecosystem. The swamps of southern Florida are home to many…
  18. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Cedar Breaks National Monument, USA
    Not far east of Cedar City, Utah you will find Cedar Breaks National Monument. This is a great summertime visit but closed in winter due to the high elevation and probability of deep snow. The drive in from Cedar City takes you up through a very scen…
  19. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Colorado National Monument, USA
    This relatively little known scenic area of the Colorado plateau is well worth the time to see, even if you only drive the approximately 20 miles Rim Rock Drive. I wouldn't have known about it until a close friend told me about it. His recommendation…
    This review was featured on Sunday April 15th, 2007
  20. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Mount Rainier National Park, USA
    When traveling through the State of Washington looking for waterfalls, the Mount Rainier National Park is a must to add to your itinerary. Established back over a hundred years ago, March 1899, it covers nearly a quarter of a million acres and eleva…
  21. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Silver Falls State Park, USA
    For people who are looking for waterfalls, this is a wonderful place to visit. It is also the states’ largest State Park. You can enjoy a day or a week here. Campgrounds are available, horse trails, bike trails and more. The Ten Falls Tra…
  22. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Muir Woods National Monument, USA
    Located just a dozen miles north of San Francisco, California, this is one of the last remaining stands of California Coastal Redwoods that used to cover most of the northern coast of the state. It was pronounced a National Monument by President The…
  23. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Redwood National Park, USA
    We didn’t take in all that Redwood National and State Parks has to offer. However, Highway 101 flows through the park and gives a good clue as to the kinds of things you’ll see and experience. From the town of Orick at the southern end to the H…
  24. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Craters of the Moon National Monument, USA
    Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is operated by the National Park Service. Camping sites are available, a Visitor Center and a 7 mile loop you can drive through an amazing landscape made up of volcanic lava flows, cinder cones and …
    This review was featured on Tuesday February 5th, 2008
  25. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Tucson, Arizona, USA
    We made a short visit to the Rincon or eastern half of the National Park. There is also a western division on the western side of Tucson. This side is made up of several trails and a loop drive you can take through the most heavily populated areas …
  26. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Cathedral Gorge State Park, USA
    Along Highway 93 just a couple of miles north of Panaca, Nevada is Cathedral Gorge. This is a long, narrow valley where erosion has carved dramatic and unique patterns in the soft bentonite clay. Miller Point, a scenic overlook just north of the park…
    This review was featured on Saturday March 10th, 2007
  27. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Four Corners National Monument, USA
    Four Corners National Monument is the one and only place in the United States where four states meet. Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado meet at a point on the Navajo Indian Reservation. There is a small charge to enter the site and once you get …
  28. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Oregon Trail Ruts Historic Site, USA
    Located about three miles south of Guernsey, Wyoming is this State Historical Site. A dirt road leads you to a place where early settlers traveling west left their wagon tracks in the rocky area. Thousands of wagons traveling the same route cut deep …
  29. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Weott, California, USA
    The park covers an area of over 53,000 acres along this northern stretch of California. Old growth Coastal Redwood trees cover more than 17,000 acres of the park. The park basically follows highway 101 with areas on both side and there are many trai…
  30. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Register Cliffs Historic Site, USA
    Register Cliff, located just under 5 miles south of Guernsey Wyoming and just 8 miles west of Fort Laramie, is one of the more famous landmarks of the overland trails. Here many thousands of pioneers carved their names into a soft sandstone cliff ove…
  31. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Deming, New Mexico, USA
    This is a very unique spot in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert of New Mexico; actually there are only 6 places on earth that have this type of rock features. And back in 1951 the state decided to make this into a State Park for camping and hiking…
  32. Ridiculously Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Gustavus, Alaska, USA
    Designated as a National Park in 1980 and World Heritage Site in 1992 this 5,130 square mile region is home to 10 tidewater glaciers and many more well up the steep mountains. Glacier Bay has developed over the last two hundred fifty year as glacier…
  33. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Alaska, USA
    Denali National Park and Preserve covers nearly 9,500 square miles of land in the great state of Alaska. Denali means the great one" in the native Athabaskin language, a local native Indian of the area. Denali refers to the 20,320 foot tall mountai…
    This review was featured on Thursday October 8th, 2009
  34. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Allensworth, California, USA
    Allensworth, California was the only all Black town in California’s history. Founded, financed, and governed by Black Americans. Begun back in 1908, with the idea of self-reliance, hard work, and education they felt that African Americans could r…
  35. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in White Sands National Monument, USA
    The White Sands National Monument is located about 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, New Mexico off US Highway 70. It is a 275 square mile desert made up of gypsum sand dunes. It’s the Gypsum that makes the sand so white. The Visitors Center …
  36. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Bayard, Nebraska, USA
    In the early 1800s early fur traders found this large rock feature and many more followed to use it as a trail marker along the east to west Oregon, California and Mormon trails. Visible for many miles it was said to have been 360 feet tall in those…
  37. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Denali National Park, Alaska, USA
    The center offers Denali's visitors a chance to learn more about the park by interacting with rangers, viewing the award winning 20 minute film "Heartbeats of Denali," and exploring the exhibit area. The movie can be seen at the following link. h…
  38. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Fort Laramie, Wyoming, USA
    In the south-eastern corner of Wyoming, a short hop of thirty miles as you follow the Oregon Trail out of Nebraska, lands you at Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Located near the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie Rivers, you'll find it 3…
  39. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
    The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is an amazingly beautiful placed to visit, whether it is for a half day (which I would think should be the absolute minimum), or for a week or two. First afforded federal protection back in 1893 it was not until 191…
    This review was featured on Tuesday March 27th, 2007
  40. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Mount McKinley, USA
    Mount McKinley, at 20,320 feet altitude is the highest mountain in North America. And it is one of the most difficult to climb due to the extreme cold weather it offers. There is an automated station at the 18,700 foot level which has recorded −7…
  41. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Medora, North Dakota, USA
    This huge National Park covers 110 square miles of North Dakota’s badlands and is made up of three separate areas, the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Unit. We drove into the park along Interstate 94 near the town of Medora, where they…
Besandri says:
Thanks Roger, I was wondering how a list should be used.
I looked in the forums but couldn't find any info.
So the best way to find out is by looking at a power user.
Now I know perhaps I can find a use for my own list, like all my favourite "secret" fishing spots. :)
Posted on: Aug 29, 2014
alyssa_ob says:
Great list Roger! I was working on a list for the state parks of Minnesota, but I am not good with remembering to write reviews. Maybe I'll borrow your idea when I get around to writing more reviews :)
Posted on: May 19, 2011
Africancrab says:
Incredible list Roger. I will steal your idea and write a list of my own. I have not visited as many as you have here in the UNited States, but I'm working on it.
Posted on: Jan 14, 2011
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