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National ParksI love hiking and visiting National Parks. There are 59 National Parks in the United States. There are more National Parks than actual states in the country. Each one has something special to offer and the more parks you see, the better off you are for it. I have visited only visited 6! 🙁 That list includes Death Valley National Park in California, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, Zion National Park in Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park which extends throughout Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.The limited list is not enough. Below are 7 National Parks that are high on my Bucket List. Check them out!

Yosemite, California
Photo credit to Yosemite Park

Photo credit to Yosemite Park

The park contains North America’s highest waterfall (Yosemite Falls) and Ralph Waldo Emerson dubbed their mountains as“unmatched on the globe.” Need I say more?

Bloggers who have been:

The Indie Traveler – 5 Tips to Avoid Being Driven Mad by Crowds

Denali, Alaska
Photo credit to Skolai Images

Photo credit to Skolai Images

My boyfriend is hooked on the idea in living in Alaska. The National Park seems like a good idea to visit before we pack our bags. Only one, 92 mile road gains you access to Denali. Supposedly, this is the park if you want to experience WILDlife. Also, if I time it just right, you can see the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis.

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Kooky Travel – Photo Diary Denali National Park

Olympic, Washington
Photo Credit to Polyploid

Photo Credit to Polyploid

So named because it looked like the Gods could live there. The park has three distinct ecosystems. We have the coast, mountains and rainforest. It legitimately looks like something out of a Fairy tale or Tolkein novel.

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Stick’s Blog – 7 Days & 6 Nights in the Olympic National Park

Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina & Tennessee
Photo credit to My Smokies

Photo credit to My Smokies

This is the most visited National Park in the United States. I think a song sums up why… “O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties..” It has purple mountains… just like in the song America the Beautiful. I don’t need any more of a reason.

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Roads Less Traveled 

Dry Tortugas, Florida
Photo credit to Basic Planet

Photo credit to Basic Planet

The seven Dry Tortugas islands are the westernmost and most isolated of the Florida Keys. The surrounding coral reefs are the least disturbed of the Florida Keys reefs. There are also legends of sunken treasures from shipwrecks! It’s a park where I can live out my Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

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Jaspa’s Journal – Dry Tortugas National Park

Glacier, Montana
Photo credit to David J West

Photo credit to David J West

For starters, their official symbol of the park is a Mountain Goat. ADORABLE. Second, if current environmental trends continue, some scientists predict that by 2030 Glacier National Park will NOT have any more glaciers!! Must see it before then.

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Travel Savvy Mom – Visiting Glacier National Park with Kids

Hawaii Volcanoes, Hawaii 
Photo credit to Wooden Camp

Photo credit to Wooden Camp

One of the world’s most active volcanic spots that’s comprised of two active volcanoes. You can walk near lava and literally watch land be created before your eyes!

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Stuff It… Go Travelling – Discover Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

🙂 Wherever the road may lead you, remember to not only take plenty of pictures but stay safe! The best way to connect with nature on your National Park adventures is to know what you are getting yourself into. Read the Flora and Fauna Hiking Guide for useful tips about the general region you will be in. I find this guide useful any time I’m hiking in an unfamiliar area. You will thank me in the long run, I promise!

Each park is so diverse I can’t wait to see and hike them all! Which ones have you been to? Which ones will you go to next? Let me know in the comments below or on Instagram @thereandbackwithsnacks. Also, vote on where I should go next below 🙂 

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