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My National Parks quest

I’m on a personal quest to visit all of the National Parks in the country. Not just the ones that have the words “national park” in their names, but all of the special places managed as the National Park System—including the national monuments, seashores, historical sites, recreation areas, battlefields, and so forth…all of them.

My national parks quest was begun years ago after Kim and I started taking some national park road trips as our vacations. After a few years of hitting most of the national parks, monuments, and historic sites, we decided to simply “see them all.” From then on, just about every trip included visits national park units. We created several traditions for these trips—traveling in our Forester, our traveling companion Brownie, our ubiquitous self shots from my outstretched hand—but the most important was probably getting a national parks passport stamp.

It’s an incredible way to see and better understand America, and I highly recommend it. I’ve continued the quest on my own since then.

An older version of my National Parks quests map
This (slightly outdated and incomplete) map gives you a sense of the National Parks I’ve visited.

There are currently 417 national park units. As of January 2018, I’ve visited 394 of them. This is a long list, so feel free to jump to the next section.

Parks I’ve visited

  1. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park
  2. Acadia National Park
  3. Adams National Historical Park
  4. African Burial Ground National Monument
  5. Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
  6. Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
  7. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
  8. Amistad National Recreation Area
  9. Andersonville National Historic Site
  10. Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
  11. Antietam National Battlefield
  12. Apostle Island National Lakeshore
  13. Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  14. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
  15. Arches National Park
  16. Arkansas Post National Memorial
  17. Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
  18. Assateague Island National Seashore
  19. Aztec Ruins National Monument
  20. Badlands National Park
  21. Bandelier National Monument
  22. Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
  23. Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
  24. Big Bend National Park
  25. Big Cypress National Preserve
  26. Big Hole National Battlefield
  27. Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
  28. Big Thicket National Preserve
  29. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
  30. Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
  31. Biscayne National Park
  32. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  33. Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park
  34. Blue Ridge Parkway
  35. Bluestone National Scenic River
  36. Booker T. Washington National Memorial
  37. Boston African American National Historic Site
  38. Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
  39. Boston National Historical Park
  40. Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
  41. Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site
  42. Bryce Canyon National Park
  43. Buck Island Reef National Monument
  44. Buffalo National River
  45. Cabrillo National Monument
  46. Canaveral National Seashore
  47. Cane River Creole National Historical Park
  48. Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  49. Canyonlands National Park
  50. Cape Cod National Seashore
  51. Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  52. Cape Lookout National Seashore
  53. Capitol Reef National Park
  54. Capulin Volcano National Monument
  55. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
  56. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  57. Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
  58. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  59. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
  60. Castle Clinton National Monument
  61. Castle Mountains National Monument
  62. Catoctin Mountain Park
  63. Cedar Breaks National Monument
  64. Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park
  65. César E. Chávez National Monument
  66. Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  67. Chamizal National Memorial
  68. Channel Islands National Park
  69. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
  70. Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument
  71. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  72. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  73. Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
  74. Chickasaw National Recreation Area
  75. Chiricahua National Monument
  76. Christiansted National Historical Park
  77. City of Rocks National Reserve
  78. Clara Barton National Historic Site
  79. Colonial National Historical Park
  80. Colorado National Monument
  81. Congaree National Park
  82. Constitution Gardens
  83. Coronado National Memorial
  84. Cowpens National Battlefield
  85. Crater Lake National Park
  86. Craters of the Moon National Monument
  87. Craters of the Moon National Preserve
  88. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
  89. Cumberland Island National Seashore
  90. Curecanti National Recreation Area
  91. Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  92. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
  93. De Soto National Memorial
  94. Death Valley National Park
  95. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  96. Devils Postpile National Monument
  97. Devils Tower National Monument
  98. Dinosaur National Monument
  99. Dry Tortugas National Park
  100. Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
  101. Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  102. Effigy Mounds National Monument
  103. Eisenhower National Historic Site
  104. El Malpais National Monument
  105. El Morro National Monument
  106. Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
  107. Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site
  108. Everglades National Park
  109. Federal Hall National Memorial
  110. Fire Island National Seashore
  111. First Ladies National Historic Site
  112. First State National Monument
  113. Flight 93 National Memorial
  114. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  115. Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site
  116. Fort Bowie National Historic Site
  117. Fort Caroline National Memorial
  118. Fort Davis National Historic Site
  119. Fort Donelson National Battlefield
  120. Fort Frederica National Monument
  121. Fort Laramie National Historic Site
  122. Fort Larned National Historic Site
  123. Fort Matanzas National Monument
  124. Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
  125. Fort Monroe National Monument
  126. Fort Necessity National Battlefield
  127. Fort Point National Historic Site
  128. Fort Pulaski National Monument
  129. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  130. Fort Scott National Historic Site
  131. Fort Smith National Historic Site
  132. Fort Stanwix National Monument
  133. Fort Sumter National Monument  (includes Fort Moultrie)
  134. Fort Union National Monument
  135. Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
  136. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
  137. Fort Washington Park
  138. Fossil Butte National Monument
  139. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  140. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
  141. Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site
  142. Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Historical Park
  143. Freedom Riders National Monument
  144. Friendship Hill National Historic Site
  145. Gateway National Recreation Area
  146. Gauley River National Recreation Area
  147. General Grant National Memorial
  148. George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
  149. George Washington Birthplace National Monument
  150. George Washington Carver National Monument
  151. George Washington Memorial Parkway
  152. Gettysburg National Military Park
  153. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
  154. Glacier National Park
  155. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  156. Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  157. Golden Spike National Historic Site
  158. Governors Island National Monument
  159. Grand Canyon National Park
  160. Grand Portage National Monument
  161. Grand Teton National Park
  162. Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
  163. Great Basin National Park
  164. Great Egg Harbor Scenic & Recreational River
  165. Great Sand Dunes National Park
  166. Great Sand Dunes National Preserve
  167. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  168. Greenbelt Park
  169. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  170. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
  171. Gulf Islands National Seashore
  172. Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
  173. Haleakalā National Park
  174. Hamilton Grange National Memorial
  175. Hampton National Historic Site
  176. Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
  177. Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
  178. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument
  179. Harry S Truman National Historic Site
  180. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  181. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
  182. Hohokam Pima National Monument
  183. Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
  184. Homestead National Monument of America
  185. Honouliuli National Monument
  186. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
  187. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
  188. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
  189. Hot Springs National Park
  190. Hovenweep National Monument
  191. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
  192. Independence National Historical Park
  193. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  194. Isle Royale National Park
  195. James A. Garfield National Historic Site
  196. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  197. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  198. Jewel Cave National Monument
  199. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
  200. John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway
  201. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  202. John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
  203. John Muir National Historic Site
  204. Johnstown Flood National Memorial
  205. Joshua Tree National Park
  206. Kalaupapa National Historical Park
  207. Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park
  208. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
  209. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
  210. Keweenaw National Historical Park
  211. Kings Canyon National Park
  212. Kings Mountain National Military Park
  213. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
  214. Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
  215. Korean War Veterans Memorial
  216. Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
  217. Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  218. Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
  219. Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
  220. Lassen Volcanic National Park
  221. Lava Beds National Monument
  222. Lewis & Clark National Historic Park
  223. Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
  224. Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  225. Lincoln Memorial
  226. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
  227. Little River Canyon National Preserve
  228. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
  229. Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
  230. Lowell National Historical Park
  231. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
  232. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
  233. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
  234. Mammoth Cave National Park
  235. Manassas National Battlefield Park
  236. Manhattan Project National Historical Park
  237. Manzanar National Historic Site
  238. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
  239. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  240. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
  241. Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
  242. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
  243. Mesa Verde National Park
  244. Middle Delaware National Scenic River
  245. Minidoka National Historic Site
  246. Minute Man National Historical Park
  247. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
  248. Mississippi National River & Recreation Area
  249. Missouri National Recreational River
  250. Mojave National Preserve
  251. Monocacy National Battlefield
  252. Montezuma Castle National Monument
  253. Moores Creek National Battlefield
  254. Morristown National Historical Park
  255. Mount Rainier National Park
  256. Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  257. Muir Woods National Monument
  258. Natchez National Historical Park
  259. Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
  260. Natchez Trace Parkway
  261. National Capital Parks
  262. National Mall
  263. Natural Bridges National Monument
  264. Navajo National Monument
  265. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
  266. New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
  267. New River Gorge National River
  268. Nez Perce National Historical Park
  269. Nicodemus National Historic Site
  270. Ninety Six National Historic Site
  271. Niobrara National Scenic River
  272. North Cascades National Park
  273. Obed Wild & Scenic River
  274. Ocmulgee National Monument
  275. Olympic National Park
  276. Oregon Caves National Monument
  277. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  278. Ozark National Scenic River
  279. Padre Island National Seashore
  280. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park
  281. Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
  282. Pea Ridge National Military Park
  283. Pecos National Historical Park
  284. Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site
  285. Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial
  286. Petersburg National Battlefield Park
  287. Petrified Forest National Park
  288. Petroglyph National Monument
  289. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
  290. Pinnacles National Monument
  291. Pipe Spring National Monument
  292. Pipestone National Monument
  293. Piscataway Park
  294. Point Reyes National Seashore
  295. Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
  296. Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
  297. Poverty Point National Monument
  298. President Willaim Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site
  299. Prince William Forest Park
  300. Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
  301. Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site
  302. Pullman National Monument
  303. Rainbow Bridge National Monument
  304. Reconstruction Era National Monument
  305. Redwood National Park
  306. Richmond National Battlefield Park
  307. Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
  308. River Raisin National Battlefield Park
  309. Rock Creek Park
  310. Rocky Mountain National Park
  311. Roger Williams National Memorial
  312. Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park
  313. Ross Lake National Recreation Area
  314. Russell Cave National Monument
  315. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  316. Saguaro National Park
  317. Saint Croix Island International Historic Site
  318. Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway
  319. Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site
  320. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
  321. Salem Maritime National Historic Site
  322. Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
  323. Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve
  324. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
  325. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  326. San Juan National Historic Site
  327. San Juan Island National Historical Park
  328. Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
  329. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  330. Saratoga National Historical Park
  331. Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
  332. Scotts Bluff National Monument
  333. Sequoia National Park
  334. Shenandoah National Park
  335. Shiloh National Military Park
  336. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  337. Springfield Armory National Historic Site
  338. Statue of Liberty National Monument (includes Ellis Island)
  339. Steamtown National Historic Site
  340. Stones River National Battlefield
  341. Stonewall National Monument
  342. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  343. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
  344. Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
  345. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
  346. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
  347. Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial
  348. Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  349. Thomas Edison National Historic Park
  350. Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  351. Thomas Stone National Historic Site
  352. Timpanogos Cave National Monument
  353. Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
  354. Tonto National Monument
  355. Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
  356. Tumacacori National Historical Park
  357. Tupelo National Battlefield
  358. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
  359. Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site
  360. Tuzigoot National Monument
  361. Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
  362. Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
  363. Valles Caldera National Preserve
  364. Valley Forge National Historical Park
  365. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
  366. Vicksburg National Military Park
  367. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  368. Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument
  369. Virgin Islands National Park
  370. Voyageurs National Park
  371. Waco Mammoth National Monument
  372. Walnut Canyon National Monument
  373. War in the Pacific National Historical Park
  374. Washington Monument (National Memorial)
  375. Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
  376. Weir Farm National Historic Site
  377. Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area
  378. White House, The
  379. White Sands National Monument
  380. Whitman Mission National Historic Site
  381. William Howard Taft National Historic Site
  382. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
  383. Wind Cave National Park
  384. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
  385. Women’s Rights National Historical Park
  386. (National) World War II Memorial
  387. World War I Memorial
  388. World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
  389. Wright Brothers National Memorial
  390. Wupatki National Monument
  391. Yellowstone National Park
  392. Yosemite National Park
  393. Yucca House National Monument
  394. Zion National Park

Whew, that’s a lot of parks!

What I have left to visit

As you can see, I’ve already completed the entire Contiguous US and have just 23 park units left to visit. That leaves me with just American Samoa and Alaska left to complete. It’s likely to take the next three summers to knock out all of the Alaskan parks, but I hope to mark off American Samoa in December 2018.

National Trails

national trails system screenshot

While not specifically part of my quest, I have also visited 24 of the 25 national historic or scenic trails, missing only Iditarod National Historic Trail in Alaska. Here’s the listing:

  1. Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail
  2. Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  3. California National Historic Trail
  4. Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
  5. Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
  6. El Camino Real de Los Tejas National Historic Trail
  7. El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
  8. Florida National Scenic Trail
  9. Ice Age National Scenic Trail
  10. Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
  11. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
  12. Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
  13. Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
  14. Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail
  15. North Country National Scenic Trail
  16. Old Spanish National Historic Trail
  17. Oregon National Historic Trail
  18. Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
  19. Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
  20. Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail
  21. Pony Express National Historic Trail
  22. Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
  23. Santa Fe National Historic Trail
  24. Selma to Mongomery National Historic Trail
  25. Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

Be sure to check out my other personal quests.

4 thoughts on “My National Parks quest”

  1. If you’re interested in starting your own national parks quest, please drop me a line. I’d love to chat about it. In addition, you should check out the National Park Travelers Club at

    1. That’s Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad NM, Alan. hehe. There was serious talk of including a site in Rochester, NY, in the monument, and it may yet be added.

      I would urge legislators to also include Salem Chapel National Historic Site in the monument, making the group an International Monument–which would be a unique designation in the system. Alternatively, it might be named an International Historical Park, making it only the second in the US system (the only one currently is Klondike Gold Rush IHP).

      Salem Chapel NHS, in St. Catharines, Ontario, was Tubman’s center of operations. She is memorialized there with plaques and statuary, and is designated a Person of National Historic Significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board. Take a peek here:


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