National Parks of the United States

The National Parks System is one of the many things that makes America Great. Founded in 1916, the National Park Service (NPS) protects some of the rarest, most awe-inspiring, wonderful bits of land in the world.

It is my goal to get to visit each and every one of the 60 National Parks that make up the system. Currently, I've made it to 27 of them, going back to my first official trip to The Grand Canyon in 2009. Every year I try to get to a couple of new ones, and some older ones, every time you go you see something new, and experience something better.

My Statisitcs

Throughout my many individual visits, I have covered the following milestones. While these stats don't cover every mile of hiking I did, or every sunrise and sunset I saw, they do give an overview of my progress and the memories I've made throughout.

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Parks

6 Sunrises

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16 nights

Camped

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226.95 miles

Hiked

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13 Sunsets

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1 Waterfalls

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24 Rainbows

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In addition to the 63 National Parks, there are another 300+ units admiterstrated by the NPS. They encompess Memorials, Monuments, Historic Sites, Lake & Seashores, Battlefields, and others. I would love to visit as many of them as possible, but I am focusing my attention on the best of the best, the Parks.

Many of the others border National Parks, or are close enough to visit during other trips. When possible I try to visit them, especially if they have something unique to offer, and let's be honest most do. Some of the over 400 units are managed together, such as Gates of the Arctic National Park and National Preserve.