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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This (outdated and incomplete) map gives you a sense of the National Parks I’ve visited.

There are currently 418 national park units. As of August 2018, I’ve visited 405 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. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
  25. Big Bend National Park
  26. Big Cypress National Preserve
  27. Big Hole National Battlefield
  28. Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
  29. Big Thicket National Preserve
  30. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
  31. Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
  32. Biscayne National Park
  33. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  34. Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park
  35. Blue Ridge Parkway
  36. Bluestone National Scenic River
  37. Booker T. Washington National Memorial
  38. Boston African American National Historic Site
  39. Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
  40. Boston National Historical Park
  41. Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
  42. Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site
  43. Bryce Canyon National Park
  44. Buck Island Reef National Monument
  45. Buffalo National River
  46. Cabrillo National Monument
  47. Canaveral National Seashore
  48. Cane River Creole National Historical Park
  49. Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  50. Canyonlands National Park
  51. Cape Cod National Seashore
  52. Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  53. Cape Krusenstern National Monument
  54. Cape Lookout National Seashore
  55. Capitol Reef National Park
  56. Capulin Volcano National Monument
  57. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
  58. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  59. Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
  60. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
  61. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
  62. Castle Clinton National Monument
  63. Castle Mountains National Monument
  64. Catoctin Mountain Park
  65. Cedar Breaks National Monument
  66. Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park
  67. César E. Chávez National Monument
  68. Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  69. Chamizal National Memorial
  70. Channel Islands National Park
  71. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
  72. Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument
  73. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  74. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
  75. Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
  76. Chickasaw National Recreation Area
  77. Chiricahua National Monument
  78. Christiansted National Historical Park
  79. City of Rocks National Reserve
  80. Clara Barton National Historic Site
  81. Colonial National Historical Park
  82. Colorado National Monument
  83. Congaree National Park
  84. Constitution Gardens
  85. Coronado National Memorial
  86. Cowpens National Battlefield
  87. Crater Lake National Park
  88. Craters of the Moon National Monument
  89. Craters of the Moon National Preserve
  90. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
  91. Cumberland Island National Seashore
  92. Curecanti National Recreation Area
  93. Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  94. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
  95. De Soto National Memorial
  96. Death Valley National Park
  97. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
  98. Denali National Park
  99. Devils Postpile National Monument
  100. Devils Tower National Monument
  101. Dinosaur National Monument
  102. Dry Tortugas National Park
  103. Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
  104. Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  105. Effigy Mounds National Monument
  106. Eisenhower National Historic Site
  107. El Malpais National Monument
  108. El Morro National Monument
  109. Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
  110. Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site
  111. Everglades National Park
  112. Federal Hall National Memorial
  113. Fire Island National Seashore
  114. First Ladies National Historic Site
  115. First State National Monument
  116. Flight 93 National Memorial
  117. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  118. Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site
  119. Fort Bowie National Historic Site
  120. Fort Caroline National Memorial
  121. Fort Davis National Historic Site
  122. Fort Donelson National Battlefield
  123. Fort Frederica National Monument
  124. Fort Laramie National Historic Site
  125. Fort Larned National Historic Site
  126. Fort Matanzas National Monument
  127. Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
  128. Fort Monroe National Monument
  129. Fort Necessity National Battlefield
  130. Fort Point National Historic Site
  131. Fort Pulaski National Monument
  132. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  133. Fort Scott National Historic Site
  134. Fort Smith National Historic Site
  135. Fort Stanwix National Monument
  136. Fort Sumter National Monument  (includes Fort Moultrie)
  137. Fort Union National Monument
  138. Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
  139. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
  140. Fort Washington Park
  141. Fossil Butte National Monument
  142. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  143. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
  144. Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site
  145. Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Historical Park
  146. Freedom Riders National Monument
  147. Friendship Hill National Historic Site
  148. Gates of the Arctic National Park
  149. Gates of the Arctic National Preserve
  150. Gateway National Recreation Area
  151. Gauley River National Recreation Area
  152. General Grant National Memorial
  153. George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
  154. George Washington Birthplace National Monument
  155. George Washington Carver National Monument
  156. George Washington Memorial Parkway
  157. Gettysburg National Military Park
  158. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
  159. Glacier National Park
  160. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  161. Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  162. Golden Spike National Historic Site
  163. Governors Island National Monument
  164. Grand Canyon National Park
  165. Grand Portage National Monument
  166. Grand Teton National Park
  167. Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
  168. Great Basin National Park
  169. Great Egg Harbor Scenic & Recreational River
  170. Great Sand Dunes National Park
  171. Great Sand Dunes National Preserve
  172. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  173. Greenbelt Park
  174. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  175. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
  176. Gulf Islands National Seashore
  177. Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
  178. Haleakalā National Park
  179. Hamilton Grange National Memorial
  180. Hampton National Historic Site
  181. Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
  182. Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
  183. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument
  184. Harry S Truman National Historic Site
  185. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
  186. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
  187. Hohokam Pima National Monument
  188. Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
  189. Homestead National Monument of America
  190. Honouliuli National Monument
  191. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
  192. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
  193. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
  194. Hot Springs National Park
  195. Hovenweep National Monument
  196. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
  197. Independence National Historical Park
  198. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  199. Isle Royale National Park
  200. James A. Garfield National Historic Site
  201. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  202. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  203. Jewel Cave National Monument
  204. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
  205. John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway
  206. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
  207. John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
  208. John Muir National Historic Site
  209. Johnstown Flood National Memorial
  210. Joshua Tree National Park
  211. Kalaupapa National Historical Park
  212. Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park
  213. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
  214. Kenai Fjords National Park
  215. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
  216. Keweenaw National Historical Park
  217. Kings Canyon National Park
  218. Kings Mountain National Military Park
  219. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
  220. Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
  221. Kobuk Valley National Park
  222. Korean War Veterans Memorial
  223. Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
  224. Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  225. Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
  226. Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
  227. Lassen Volcanic National Park
  228. Lava Beds National Monument
  229. Lewis & Clark National Historic Park
  230. Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
  231. Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  232. Lincoln Memorial
  233. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
  234. Little River Canyon National Preserve
  235. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
  236. Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
  237. Lowell National Historical Park
  238. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
  239. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
  240. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
  241. Mammoth Cave National Park
  242. Manassas National Battlefield Park
  243. Manhattan Project National Historical Park
  244. Manzanar National Historic Site
  245. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
  246. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  247. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
  248. Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
  249. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
  250. Mesa Verde National Park
  251. Middle Delaware National Scenic River
  252. Minidoka National Historic Site
  253. Minute Man National Historical Park
  254. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
  255. Mississippi National River & Recreation Area
  256. Missouri National Recreational River
  257. Mojave National Preserve
  258. Monocacy National Battlefield
  259. Montezuma Castle National Monument
  260. Moores Creek National Battlefield
  261. Morristown National Historical Park
  262. Mount Rainier National Park
  263. Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  264. Muir Woods National Monument
  265. Natchez National Historical Park
  266. Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
  267. Natchez Trace Parkway
  268. National Capital Parks
  269. National Mall
  270. Natural Bridges National Monument
  271. Navajo National Monument
  272. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
  273. New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
  274. New River Gorge National River
  275. Nez Perce National Historical Park
  276. Nicodemus National Historic Site
  277. Ninety Six National Historic Site
  278. Niobrara National Scenic River
  279. Noatak National Preserve
  280. North Cascades National Park
  281. Obed Wild & Scenic River
  282. Ocmulgee National Monument
  283. Olympic National Park
  284. Oregon Caves National Monument
  285. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
  286. Ozark National Scenic River
  287. Padre Island National Seashore
  288. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park
  289. Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
  290. Pea Ridge National Military Park
  291. Pecos National Historical Park
  292. Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site
  293. Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial
  294. Petersburg National Battlefield Park
  295. Petrified Forest National Park
  296. Petroglyph National Monument
  297. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
  298. Pinnacles National Monument
  299. Pipe Spring National Monument
  300. Pipestone National Monument
  301. Piscataway Park
  302. Point Reyes National Seashore
  303. Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
  304. Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
  305. Poverty Point National Monument
  306. President Willaim Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site
  307. Prince William Forest Park
  308. Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
  309. Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site
  310. Pullman National Monument
  311. Rainbow Bridge National Monument
  312. Reconstruction Era National Monument
  313. Redwood National Park
  314. Richmond National Battlefield Park
  315. Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
  316. River Raisin National Battlefield Park
  317. Rock Creek Park
  318. Rocky Mountain National Park
  319. Roger Williams National Memorial
  320. Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park
  321. Ross Lake National Recreation Area
  322. Russell Cave National Monument
  323. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
  324. Saguaro National Park
  325. Saint Croix Island International Historic Site
  326. Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway
  327. Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site
  328. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
  329. Salem Maritime National Historic Site
  330. Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
  331. Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve
  332. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
  333. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  334. San Juan National Historic Site
  335. San Juan Island National Historical Park
  336. Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
  337. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  338. Saratoga National Historical Park
  339. Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
  340. Scotts Bluff National Monument
  341. Sequoia National Park
  342. Shenandoah National Park
  343. Shiloh National Military Park
  344. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  345. Springfield Armory National Historic Site
  346. Statue of Liberty National Monument (includes Ellis Island)
  347. Steamtown National Historic Site
  348. Stones River National Battlefield
  349. Stonewall National Monument
  350. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
  351. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
  352. Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
  353. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
  354. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
  355. Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial
  356. Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  357. Thomas Edison National Historic Park
  358. Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  359. Thomas Stone National Historic Site
  360. Timpanogos Cave National Monument
  361. Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
  362. Tonto National Monument
  363. Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
  364. Tumacacori National Historical Park
  365. Tupelo National Battlefield
  366. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
  367. Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site
  368. Tuzigoot National Monument
  369. Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
  370. Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
  371. Valles Caldera National Preserve
  372. Valley Forge National Historical Park
  373. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
  374. Vicksburg National Military Park
  375. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  376. Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument
  377. Virgin Islands National Park
  378. Voyageurs National Park
  379. Waco Mammoth National Monument
  380. Walnut Canyon National Monument
  381. War in the Pacific National Historical Park
  382. Washington Monument (National Memorial)
  383. Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
  384. Weir Farm National Historic Site
  385. Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area
  386. White House, The
  387. White Sands National Monument
  388. Whitman Mission National Historic Site
  389. William Howard Taft National Historic Site
  390. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
  391. Wind Cave National Park
  392. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
  393. Women’s Rights National Historical Park
  394. (National) World War II Memorial
  395. World War I Memorial
  396. World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
  397. Wrangell-St Elias National Park
  398. Wrangell-St Elias National Preserve
  399. Wright Brothers National Memorial
  400. Wupatki National Monument
  401. Yellowstone National Park
  402. Yosemite National Park
  403. Yucca House National Monument
  404. Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
  405. 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 (edit: except the new Camp Nelson National Monument) and have just 13 park units left to visit. That leaves me with just Camp Nelson, American Samoa, and the rest of Alaska left to complete. I have plans to complete American Samoa later this year, Camp Nelson in the spring, and the remainder of Alaska in June. If all goes to plan and there aren’t any new additions, I should finish the quest on June 28, 2018.

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 parkstamps.org.

    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:

      http://www.ontarioplaques.com/Plaques/Plaque_Niagara108.html

      http://www.ontarioplaques.com/Plaques/Plaque_Niagara44.html

      http://www.ontarioplaques.com/Plaques/Plaque_Niagara112.html

      -Wayne

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