How many of these have you visited?
America’s National Parks are a treasure. A Ken Burns documentary called them "America’s Best Idea." While there are currently 62 of the “big” National Parks (think Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon), the National Park Service is filled with National Forests, National Battlefields, National Historic Landmarks, and more. Some places focus more on natural beauty, while others truly celebrate the history of our great country.
While not every state is home to one of the official national parks, each state in the union has at least one site that is run by the National Park system that you should put on your list. And often, the smaller spots are less heavily visited, so you really get a chance to learn and explore something knew.
If you’ve got kids, don’t forget to ask about the Junior Ranger program. Kids can do worksheets and learn about the parks to keep them engaged, and they’ll be rewarded with a fancy badge (and sometimes a patch!). So while COVID-19 might be keeping many of us close to home and socially distancing from people, once it is safe to hit the road again to travel, put these spectacular spots on your must-see list. For now, some of the parks are closed due to COVID restrictions, or have limited hours, so make sure to call ahead.