National Parks Checklist
Visited: 40 of 58*.
It isn’t really a list on which I need to check off everything. OTOH, it is a list.
Visited on the 48-state road trip.
American Samoa NP
Visited in ’95 and ’96.
Visited as part of the April 2017 South Dakota Spring.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
2016 during the 6-state road trip.
Twice: once in ’02, again in ’10.
Visited during Lehi days (’04).
Visited on the 48-state trip.
Visited, technically, on the road trip.
Visited in ’08.
Gates of the Arctic
Twice: once in ’95, once later in ’98.
Great Sand Dunes
Visited on the nephew trip in ’14.
Great Smoky Mountains
Visited in ’10.
Visited on the road trip; ate lunch.
Twice: once in ’01, again in ’02.
Visited in ’09 as road trip preparation.
Visited twice: once in ’96, once on the move from Oklahoma to NoUT.
Visited in ’86.
Visited on the 6-state road trip in 2016.
Visited in ’09 as part of the road trip cool-down.
Visited in ’14.
Visited Christmas 2016.
Visited in the ’09 road trip warmup.
Visited on the road trip. Not great.
Virgin Islands NP
Visited on the road trip.
Four times: ’73, [80’s?], road trip, and sitting in traffic in ’14. They’re JUST BUFFALO.
Three times: ’05, ’06, and the six-state road trip in 2016.
* = 58 as of 2010. For parks designated after 2010… look, Cuyahoga is already on this list and it’s not exactly Yellowstone. Congaree is nice, but as an NP, it’s probably a bit of a stretch. In other words, I don’t think we’re really killing it here in the 21st century. Thus, I feel like I have the right to determine which newly designated parks I personally recognize as Actual National Parks. Pinnacles? Bah.