US National Park Bucket List

US National Park Bucket List

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The US National Parks are beautiful landscapes to add to your bucket list. There are a total of 63 US National Parks. Each National Park has a natural beauty you might not see every day. 

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PLEASE BE CAREFUL when visiting any National Parks. GO WITH someone or a group of people, and do not lose sight of them. There are more than 1,000 people that go missing from US National Parks every year. 

My Experience:

I LOVED visiting the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Everglades, Joshua Tree, Redwood, Petrified Forest, and the Virgin Islands! I would GO BACK! I don’t recommend going to the Gateway Arch in Missouri. I went to the top of the Arch, and it is not the greatest view. 

The Grand Canyon was formed naturally by dirt, mud, and water carving through the Colorado River. I recommend hiking down a 1.8-mile trail to get to Ooh Aah Point, visiting the lookout at Mather’s Point, and going to Horseshoe Bend.

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Zion national park is home to high red rock cliffs, slot canyons, and incredible scenery!

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Arches National Park felt as though you were on a different planet. I highly recommend walking to the Sand Dune Arch. Other famous hikes to experience include the Double Arch Trail, Landscape Arch, and the Elephant Butte. 

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Bryce Canyon is stunning. I have never seen anything so incredible. How were the hoodoos formed? Water erosion is responsible for the hoodoos. The rock types are limestone, siltstone, dolomite, and mudstone.

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The Everglades National Park is the third largest national park in the US at 2,500 square miles. This national park is an alligator-infested slow-moving swamp that is 60 miles wide.

St. Thomas is the perfect Caribbean destination. In the National Park, you can swim among wild sea turtles and schools of fish at Brewers Bay or enjoy Pina Coladas at the bar at Magen’s Bay.

Below we list a checklist of the National Parks to cover; however, in a future post, I will go into more detail about each.  

US National Park Bucket List


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Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, and Wrangell-St. Elias


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Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Saguaro


Hot Springs


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Channel Islands, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Kings Canyon, Lassen Volcanic, Pinnacles, Redwood, Sequoia, and Yosemite


Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain


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Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Everglades


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Haleakala and Hawai’i Volcanoes


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Indiana Dunes


Mammoth Cave




Isle Royale




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Gateway Arch


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Glacier and Yellowstone


Great Basin

New Mexico:

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Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands

North Carolina:

Great Smoky Mountains

North Dakota:

Theodore Roosevelt


Cuyahoga Valley


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Crater Lake

South Carolina:


South Dakota:

Badlands and Wind Cave


Great Smoky Mountains


Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains


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Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion




Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic


Grand Teton and Yellowstone

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America Samoa:

National Park of American Samoa

US Virgin Islands:

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Virgin Islands National Park

Have you been to any of the National Parks? Please comment down below which ones are on YOUR bucket list. 

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