Photos taken at the following National Parks: Arches, Congaree, Death Valley, Grand Canyon,
Great Smoky Mountains, Mammoth Cave, Petrified Forest, Shenandoah, Yosemite, and Zion.
Zion National Park tee is from Huckberry.
By the time you’re reading this, then I’m taking advantage of this Free Admission Weekend at the National Parks and I’m preparing to go away for the weekend on a trip exploring the Badlands and Wind Cave in the Black Hills of South Dakota with my husband. Today is the day of the National Park Service Centennial and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate then by taking a road trip with Austin to visit two National Parks that I’ve never been to before.
Personally, I’ve visited fifteen of the fifty-eight National Parks and it’s my one day future hope to be able to say that I’ve explored them all. Over the course of many family road trips and now married life travels, I’ve been to Arches, Badlands (this weekend!), Congaree, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Mammoth Cave, Petrified Forest, Redwoods, Rocky Mountains, Sequoia, Shenandoah, Wind Cave (this weekend!), Yosemite, and Zion.
There are so many stories to be told from those trips and yet so many more adventures to be had! Yosemite is where I spent my honeymoon and Austin and I are already looking forward to the day we can go back. Zion is one of first National Park that I vividly remember going to as a child and I can’t wait to hike the Narrows and Angel’s Landing one day. My grandparents took me on a special weekend trip to Shenandoah to hike part of the Appalachian Trail and I have fond memories of road trip detours in the desert with my parents and siblings to stop at Petrified Forest, Sequoia, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley. Those were days of family hikes, glorious morning sunrises, and sitting together, huddled around a campfire. (Oh, and Death Valley is HOT. In case you were curious.)
This post is my thank you to the National Park Service for protecting these lands and giving them back to the people for us to enjoy. These gorgeous places are here for us so be sure to #FindYourPark, get out there, explore, and leave no trace.
For any upcoming camping and hiking adventures for the National Park Service Centennial, be sure to check out Huckberry for all of your exploration essentials.
What’s your favorite National Park?