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Old Aug 16, 18, 11:36 am
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Originally Posted by Blind and Green View Post
Not sure how I missed this thread before.
Hence the bump. It's a fun thread. We just got back from Mesa Verde > Lake Powell > Zion. It was a great trip.
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Old Aug 16, 18, 7:06 pm
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Originally Posted by AMflier View Post
Hence the bump. It's a fun thread. We just got back from Mesa Verde > Lake Powell > Zion. It was a great trip.
Thatís a great sounding trip. Weíve got a week set aside in December where we hope to hit Mesa Verde, Yucca House, Hovenweep, and Aztec Ruins. We canít wait!
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Old Aug 16, 18, 7:24 pm
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I am planning a spring break trip to Guadalupe Mountains NP and Carlsbad Caverns NP. Also White Sands National Monument.

Summer plans include Wind Cave and Badlands as well as Mt Rushmore National Memorial

I have been to a few National Parks but need to see a lot more.

I grew up pretty near Everglades NP so we went there a lot as a kid.

My most visited is Joshua Tree. I absolutely love that place and have been several times. It is a magical place.

My most remote National Park visit was Isle Royale NP in Michigan. We took a float plane from Hancock MI to the Island. We stayed in the cabins. It was very interesting. The location isolated at the top of Lake Superior was very unique and there is hardly anyone there. If you ever go, take the sunset cruise. It sounded kind of lame, but turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip watching the sunset over the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and Thunder Bay ON.

Bike Riding in Cuyahoga Valley NP is fun. You can ride along the old Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath for miles and then take the scenic train back after hitting some of the taverns.

Some of my favorite trips have been to the less popular National Parks. I am always game for a trip to a new one.
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Old Aug 16, 18, 8:36 pm
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National Parks

Acadia
Arches
Big Bend
Carlsbad Caverns
Denali
Gateway Arch
Glacier Bay
Great Smoky Mountains
Hot Springs
Mesa Verde
Redwood
Rocky Mountain
Shenandoah

National Monuments

Bandelier
Castillo de San Marcos
El Malpais
El Morro
Florissant Fossil Beds
Muir Woods
Petroglyph
Salinas Pueblo Missions (all 3)
Scotts Bluff
Statue of Liberty
White Sands

National Historical Parks

Adams
Blackstone River Valley
Boston
Colonial
Harpers Ferry
Independence
Jean Lafitte
Klondike Gold Rush (AK & WA)
Lowell
Minute Man
Pecos
Salem Maritime
San Antonio Missions (all 5)
Saugus Iron Works

National Historic Sites


Harry S Truman
Herbert Hoover
Jamestown
Jimmy Carter
Lincoln Home
Pennsylvania Avenue
Saint Gaudens

National Military Parks

Gettysburg
Vicksburg

National Memorials

Jefferson Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Roger Williams Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Washington Monument

National Recreation Areas

Boston Harbor Islands
Lake Mead

National Seashores

Gulf Islands (FL)
Point Reyes

National Preserves

Valles Caldera

National Wild and Scenic Rivers

Rio Grande

Others

Appalachian Trail
Baltimore Washington Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
Constitution Gardens
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Natchez Trace Parkway
National Capitol Parks
National Mall
Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway
White House


Additions so far this year are Florissant Fossil Beds NM and Jimmy Carter NHP. Also drove by Bents Old Fort NHS and looked at the fort from the side of the road, but the site was already closed.

And I have driven past the entrance to Wright Brothers but did not have time to stop - I plan to go back there, as well as to Appomattox and several more in Virginia in the coming months.
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That’s a great sounding trip. We’ve got a week set aside in December where we hope to hit Mesa Verde, Yucca House, Hovenweep, and Aztec Ruins. We can’t wait!
I couple of quick M.V. tips:
Go to both Mesas if you can. Weatherill Mesa is much lower key but they close it in the winter. Step House is the only site that you can get into without a tour assuming that Spruce House is still closed.

Take the tours. You really can't see much without them.
They overemphasize the exertion required on the tours, but not by much. When they say that you must climb a 32' ladder, you will. My acrophobic son was okay with the climbs.

The Recreation.gov tours are worth the premium paid: Smaller groups, more time at the site, sites that aren't accessible otherwise. We went on the Square Tower tour. They only went out 3 times a week at 9:30am with 12 people. It was really up close and personal.

The Recreation.gov tours sell out quickly. Our party was 4 people, In May I could only get 2 August tickets for the Mug House and 4 tickets for Square Tower. Everything else was sold out. I returned the Mug house tickets a couple of days before the scheduled tour.

The tours sold at the visitor center are also in worthwhile but more assembly line. We did Long House and Balcony House. By the end of the third tour, we could pretty much recite the speech with the rangers.

Finally, Enjoy!

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Old Aug 19, 18, 7:57 pm
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Thank you for the Mesa Verde tips. I hadn't looked closely at their website. It looks like all the tours will cease by the time we go in December (though the visitor center and museum will be open).

We would adjust the dates, but the focus of the trip is the Durango railroad to cut down a Christmas tree. Perhaps we'll adjust the Mesa Verde portion of the trip until next spring/summer.
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Old Aug 23, 18, 9:33 pm
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National Parks:
Bryce Canyon
Capital Reef
Grand Canyon
Great Basin
Great Sand Dunes
Hawaii Volcanoes
Saguaro
Wind Cave
Zion

National Monuments:
Canyon de Chelly
Casa Grande
Castle Clinton
Fort Pulaski
Organ Pipe
Statue of Liberty
Tonto
Walnut Canyon

Casa Grande NM was really disappointing and can be skipped.
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Old Jan 5, 19, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by Blind and Green View Post
Not sure how I missed this thread before. We've added three this summer (in bold) and hope to hit another five this fall/winter:
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2018 Roll-up:

This year, we hit Bent's Fort, Rocky Mountain, Gateway Arch, Boston, Weir Farm, Great Sand Dunes, and Aztec Ruins. We were slated to hit five more (the parks/sites along I-40 in AZ and NM, but the shutdown forced us to keep going.

As our kids are getting a little older/better at traveling, we should be able to hit quite a few in 2019!
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Old Jan 7, 19, 6:16 pm
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National Parks:
Bryce Canyon
Capital Reef
Grand Canyon
Great Basin
Great Sand Dunes
Hawaii Volcanoes
Mount Rainier
North Cascades
Petrified Forest
Olympic
Saguaro
Wind Cave
Zion

National Monuments:
Canyon de Chelly
Casa Grande
Castle Clinton
Fort Pulaski
Organ Pipe
Statue of Liberty
Tonto
Walnut Canyon

Four new NPs in 2018, we'll see how many I can visit this year.
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Ones I've visited:

Joshua Tree
Grand Canyon
Yellowstone
Grand Teton
Yosemite

I want to visit Glacier at some point too, but not sure when.
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Old Jan 13, 19, 4:17 am
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National Parks:
Grand Canyon
Death Valley
Joshua Tree
Sequoia
Yosemite
Rocky Mountain
Badlands
Arches
Bryce Canyon
Zion
Capitol Reef
Canyonlands
Grand Teton
Yellowstone

National Monuments:
Montezuma Castle
Vermillion Cliffs
Statue of Liberty
Grand Staircase Escalante
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