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Wanderlust Wednesday- 10 National Parks I Want to Visit

I am a huge advocate for the National Park Services and have been raised going on road trips and exploring these amazing places!  It’s something that I think is well-worth the money, not only to see, but to protect these lands for many generations to come.  I felt like I had been to a lot of the parks (18), but I was looking at all the different National Parks I realized that there are 59 National Parks!  Holy Cow!  I still have a lot more to see of this beautiful country!  So, today I thought I would share 10 of the parks that I really want to go to with a few wanderlust-inspiring pictures of each that I found on Pinterest.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK- California

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HAWAII VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK- Hawaii

« ACCOMPLISHED: Read About My Visit to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park HERE and HERE »

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GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK- Tennessee and North Carolina

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MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK – Kentucky

« ACCOMPLISHED: Read about my visit to Mammoth Cave it here »

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ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK- Michigan

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GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK- Nevada

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CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK- South Carolina

« ACCOMPLISHED : Read about my visit to Congaree here »

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CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK- California 

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CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK- Utah

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BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK- Colorado

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What National Parks are your favorites?  Which ones are you dying to visit?  Have any of your vacations been effected by the US government shutdown this week?

[Update 10/2016] I’ve now visited 24 of the 52 National Parks and I continue to fall more and more in love with my own home country! To see what National Park adventures I’ve been on and thoughts on these American Treasures, you can search National Parks on this site, or simply click here.

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    snowgood
    October 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    They all look well worth a visit.

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      ashleypaige4
      October 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      I agree, and there are many others I want to visit!

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    nexi
    October 4, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Reblogged this on IXENI.

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    jenniferannk
    October 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Amazing!! There’s a national park in my state on your list that I didn’t even know about. Googling that ASAP. You just put a lot more places to go on my list. Zion National Park in southern Utah is my favorite so far – if you ever go there you have to see “The Narrows”.

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      ashleypaige4
      October 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      I’ve been to Zion twice, but have yet to do The Narrows. I did the Virgin River hike until you need the permit, but I want to go back and do it! Is Utah your home state?

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    Jerry
    October 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Big Bend and Death Valley?

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      ashleypaige4
      October 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      They’re on the list too! This is just the top 10 I want to get to next! I would love to get to all of them someday!

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    Dolores Woodard
    October 8, 2013 at 9:14 am

    The two main visitors’ centers inside the park are Sugarlands Visitors’ Center near the Gatlinburg entrance to the park and Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, North Carolina at the eastern entrance to the park. These ranger stations provide exhibits on wildlife , geology , and the history of the park. They also sell books, maps, and souvenirs. Unlike most other national parks, there is no entry fee to the park.

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      PaigeBrown
      December 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Wow! Great tip! Thank you, and thanks for reading!

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    Dawn
    October 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Amazing! I’ve only been to two of your top-ten… though perhaps there are others we’ve both been to that didn’t make this list. I think of these ten, I’d be most interested in Congaree National Park in South Carolina just based on the photos… it’s astonishing what a really amazing photographer can do…
    I think I’ve been to more National Parks in the USA than those in Canada mind you!

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      PaigeBrown
      October 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      I’m always impressed by other photographer’s work too! I’m hoping to maybe see Congaree this winter! I had never even heard of some of these! The US (and Canada) have some really incredible national parks! I’ve only been to Banff and Jasper in Canada- still so much for me to see up there! Thanks for stopping by!

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    smilewanderer
    October 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    your landscape photos are really amazing!

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      PaigeBrown
      October 20, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      These aren’t mine, they’re from Pinterest.com. I can’t wait to visit and take my own, but thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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    juliabaileywine
    October 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Great selection of photos – I’m now dying to go too!

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      PaigeBrown
      October 30, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you! I didn’t realize that some of these even existed!

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    Sara
    December 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Wow–I had no idea there was a place in Michigan like that. And how much fun is that kayaker having in Black Canyon in CO?

    You’ll love the Channel Islands–you simply must go on a kayak tour through the sea caves, it’s worth every penny.

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      PaigeBrown
      December 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      I had no idea that a lot these places existed, but now I’m so excited to get out there and explore them all! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    neptunesdarling
    March 1, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Channel Islands is the best! That is my all time favorite park right now. If you go, Santa Cruz Island is beautiful in the early Spring (March-April). Avoid Anacapa Island In June. I am pretty sure it was June that we went. That is seagull birthing season and it is a warzone. You will be threatened by seagulls. They will dive and hover over you as you walk past their nests and they nest all over the island.

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      PaigeBrown
      March 5, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Thanks for the tips! I would not enjoy going during the seagull warzone! I hope I get to make it there soon! Thanks again for the tips and for reading!

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    Jesse Barstow
    January 5, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Incorporating Isle Royale there is a wonderful vacation trail. Former national park Mackinac Island to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to Keeweenaw National Historic Park to Isle Royale National Park to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore to Grand Portage National Monument to Voyageurs National Park. The best the Great Lakes has to offer.

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      PaigeBrown
      January 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Those are some amazing tips! Thank you! I just wrote that in my US Travel Tips document! Thank you for taking the time to read & comment! Cheers!

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