North American National Parks

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North American National Parks

North American National Parks are scattered throughout the United States and Canada. I have set a goal of visiting all 110 places with a National Park designation in the United States and Canada. 62 of which are in the US National Park system and 48 National Parks in Canada.

To make the quest somewhat reasonable, I am only including places with the designation of a “national park”. That excludes places such as national historic sites, national preserves, national monuments, and other similar sites.

For the purposes of this project, I am only including national parks which I have visited since March 2007, when I began my full-time travels. Since 2007, I have visited 82 of the 110 North American national parks, including the 1 that I have previously visited before 2007.

Some national parks are trivial to visit and it is just a matter of getting in a car and driving. Some are extremely difficult to visit and require backcountry hiking to get to them. Likewise, the nature of each visit is determined by the park. Some national parks are easily visited in a single day, whereas others may take several days to explore properly.

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    North American National Parks 2020

  1. Petrified Forest, Arizona(USA #56)
  2. Saguaro, Arizona(USA #55)

  3. North American National Parks 2019

  4. White Sands, New Mexico (USA #54)
  5. Acadia, Maine (USA #53)
  6. Lassen Volcanic, California (USA #52)
  7. Crater Lake, Oregon (USA #51)
  8. Indiana Dunes National Park (USA #50)
  9. La Mauricie, Quebec (Canada #28)
  10. North American National Parks 2018

  11. Gateway Arch, Missouri (USA #49)
  12. Capitol Reef, Utah (USA #48)
  13. Canyonlands, Utah (USA #47)
  14. Arches, Utah (USA #46)
  15. North American National Parks 2017

  16. Sable Island, Nova Scotia (Canada #27)
  17. Congaree, South Carolina (USA #45)
  18. North American National Parks 2016

  19. Great Basin, Nevada (USA #44)
  20. Wapusk, Manitoba (Canada #26)
  21. American Samoa National Park, American Samoa (USA #43)
  22. Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia (Canada #25)
  23. Kejimkujik, Nova Scotia (Canada #24)
  24. Terra Nova, Newfoundland (Canada #23)
  25. Kenai Fjords, Alaska (USA #42)
  26. Wrangell-St. Elias, Alaska (USA #41)
  27. Prince Albert Saskatchewan (Canada #22)
  28. Glacier Bay, Alaska (USA #40)
  29. Katmai, Alaska (USA #39)
  30. Lake Clark, Alaska (USA #38)
  31. Denali, Alaska (USA #37)
  32. Gates of the Arctic, Alaska (USA #36)
  33. Kobuk Valley, Alaska (USA #35)
  34. Rocky Mountain, Colorado (USA #34)
  35. Great Sand Dunes, Colorado (USA #33)
  36. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado (USA #32)

  37. North American National Parks 2015

  38. Torngat Mountains, Labrador (Canada #21)
  39. Fundy, New Brunswick (Canada #20)
  40. Prince Edward Island, PEI (Canada #19)
  41. Kouchibouguac, New Brunswick (Canada #18)
  42. Dry Tortugas, Florida (USA #31)
  43. Biscayne, Florida (USA #30)
  44. Shenandoah, Virginia (USA #29)
  45. Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio (USA #28)
  46. Joshua Tree, California (USA #27)
  47. Hot Springs, Arkansas (USA #26)

  48. North American National Parks 2014

  49. Badlands, South Dakota (USA #25)
  50. Wind Cave, South Dakota (USA #24)
  51. Mount Rainier, Washington (USA #23)
  52. North Cascades, Washington (USA #22)
  53. Gulf Islands National Park, British Columbia (Canada #17)
  54. Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia (Canada #16)
  55. Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia (Canada #15)
  56. Glacier, British Columbia (Canada #14)
  57. Kootenay National Park, British Columbia (Canada #13)
  58. Yoho National Park, British Columbia (Canada #12)
  59. Nahanni, Northwest Territories (Canada #11)
  60. Wood Buffalo, Alberta (Canada #10)
  61. Elk Island, Alberta (Canada #9)
  62. Jasper, Alberta (Canada #8)
  63. Waterton Lakes, Alberta (Canada #7)
  64. Grasslands, Saskatchewan (Canada #6)
  65. Riding Mountain, Manitoba (Canada #5)
  66. Voyageurs, Minnesota (USA #21)
  67. Isle Royale, Michigan (USA #20)

  68. North American National Parks 2012

  69. Gwaii Haanas, British Columbia (Canada #4)
  70. Bryce Canyon, Utah (USA #19)
  71. Zion, Utah (USA #18)

  72. North American National Parks 2011

  73. Kluane, Yukon (Canada #3)

  74. North American National Parks 2010

  75. Gros Morne, Newfoundland (Canada #2)

  76. North American National Parks 2009

  77. Mammoth Cave Park, Kentucky (USA #17)
  78. Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee (USA #16)
  79. Everglades, Florida (USA #15)
  80. Guadalupe Mountains, Texas (USA #14)
  81. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico (USA #13)
  82. Mesa Verde, Colorado (USA #12)
  83. Grand Canyon, Arizona (USA #11)
  84. Death Valley, California (USA #10)
  85. Yosemite, California (USA #9)
  86. Redwood, California (USA #8)
  87. Olympic, Washington (USA #7)
  88. Banff, Alberta (Canada #1)
  89. Glacier, Montana (USA #6)
  90. Grand Teton, Wyoming (USA #5)
  91. Yellowstone, Wyoming (USA #4)
  92. Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota (USA #3)

  93. North American National Parks 2007

  94. Haleakala, Hawaii (USA #2)
  95. Hawaii Volcanoes, Hawaii (USA #1)

  96. North American National Parks Visited Prior to 2007

    I will be revisiting these parks in the course of this project

  97. Pinnacles, California

National Parks Yet To Visit

Canadian National Parks

  1. Mealy Mountains, Labrador
  2. Aulavik, NWT
  3. Nááts’ihch’oh, NWT
  4. Tuktut Nogait, NWT
  5. Thaidene Nëné, NWT
  6. Auyuittuq, Nunavaut
  7. Quttinirpaaq, Nunavut
  8. Sirmilik, Nunavut
  9. Ukkusiksalik, Nunavut
  10. Qausuittuq, Nunavut
  11. Bruce Peninsula, Ontario
  12. Georgian Bay Islands, Ontario
  13. Point Pelee, Ontario
  14. Pukaskwa, Ontario
  15. Rouge, Ontario
  16. Thousand Islands, Ontario
  17. Forillon, Quebec
  18. Mingan Archipelago, Quebec
  19. Ivvavik, Yukon
  20. Vuntut, Yukon

United States National Parks

  1. Channel Islands, California
  2. Kings Canyon, California
  3. Sequoia, California
  4. Big Bend, Texas
  5. US Virgin Islands

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  1. An ambitious list, but am sure you will see them all. The most magical hotel in the world is the Chateau Lake Louise! I have spent many a New Year there. You can ski, skate, snowshoe and toboggan. On New Year’s Eve, skier’s come across the lake carrying torches just before midnight! It’s beautiful!

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