When I was little, we had a few years of great vacations. We did like two week road trips, driving from Missouri west and hitting all the major national parks. We did the majority of them through Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. Unfortunately, I don’t remember all of these. I’m on a mission to make my way back to them, plus as many of the other parks as I can get to.
My sister made plans to come out for Thanksgiving, so we started talking about what to do over the weekend. We decided to take in the three closest National Parks to me: Big Bend, Carlsbad Caverns, and Guadalupe Mountains.
I am so ready for this trip. I even got us all t-shirts! We will be those people wearing matching t-shirts, but I don’t care. I also picked up a National Park Passport when we were at the LBJ place the other week. I was super excited about it. Passports are fun and wonderful and should be given out for anything possible.
This map is old, the park system hit 100 years this year, but I believe it’s accurate. This only includes the parks though. All together, there are 413 total when you count monuments, preserves, battlefields, rivers, recreation areas, etc. I could spend all night trying to count those that I’ve been to, so I’m not going to bother. I’ve been to 9 National Parks though (Petrified Forest is here) and this trip adds 3 more.