Update 3/27/2018: After a few months of writing, scheduling and posting entries for this blog, I’ve realized that my ‘mission statement’ needs to be expanded to encompass all of our public lands, not just the sites managed by the National Park Service. While I still feel that the NPS does the best job of the various agencies in making our history and national resources accessible to and enjoyable for the public, we often find ourselves visiting sites outside of this network . The agencies I often check when planning a vacation are
- The National Park Service (417 areas)
- The National Wildlife Refuge System (562 refuges)
- The Bureau of Land Management (221 wilderness areas, 27 national monuments, 636 National Conservation Lands)
- The USDA Forest Service (154 National Forests, 20 National Grasslands)
That’s 2037 places to go! Happy traveling!
Original post: It is the beginning of 2018 and there are currently 417 areas under the management of the National Park Service, America’s best idea.
For years, I have searched nps.gov and other similar resources when planning our family vacations. I always like to incorporate as many of these sites into our itinerary as possible without making the trip a total snoozefest for the family.
My intention is for this blog to serve as a resource for people with the same passion for the parks as me by tagging the units I review by state and including any off-the-beaten-path recommendations I have to offer. At the very least, it will serve as a travelogue, a remembrance of where I’ve been and a reminder of where I still need to go.