Tag Archives: National Parks

Places that should be National Parks

The photos speak for themselves, but the list below are some of the beautiful and inspiring places in the United States (and one in Canada) that this author believes should be National Parks. Some are already part of the National … Continue reading

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These places NEED to become one National Park!

Of all of America’s national parks, three (3) tend to stand out as pre-eminent showcases of outstanding natural beauty. Those are Yellowstone, Zion, and Yosemite. However, there is a fourth location that currently consists of a national monument, a national … Continue reading

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Favorite national park system sites visited

  Below is my list of favorite national park system sites that I have visited by state (USA), by tribal nation (Navajo), by province (Canada), and by country (elsewhere).  This list will likely change over time as these are revisited … Continue reading

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Awesome Acadia turns 100

I have had the distinct privilege of visiting 72+ of our national parks, historic sites, battlefields, lakeshores, memorials, seashores, trails, and similar units of the National Park Service. Similarly, I have had the pleasure of visiting a variety national parks … Continue reading

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The UK’s ten busiest national parks

Below is the list of the ten busiest (most visitors) national parks in the United Kingdom. This data would include national  parks in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland (none currently designated there). 1.     Lake District (designated in 1951) – 14.8 … Continue reading

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If Yogi Bear named national parks

Given his home in Jellystone Park (Yellowstone), I thought it might be fun to give new names to national parks that Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo would prefer given their taste for “pic-a-nic” baskets. Remember, he’s smarter than the average bear. … Continue reading

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Paying homage at a planning and landscape design shrine

This past Sunday, a few hours prior to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and my quick departure back to Michigan, I had the profound honor of visiting one of the ultimate shrines of the planning and landscape design professions – the Frederick … Continue reading

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Yosemite National Parking Lot

I visited the lovely, but very hot Yosemite National Park for the first time today (Monday). Despite it being a Monday (second least busy day on average) and a number of school systems starting classes around the nation, the park … Continue reading

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Images of Lassen Volcanic National Park

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Guest post – Biking at Grand Canyon National Park

Many thanks to my friend Bob Lovell for providing this terrific summary of biking options at Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim. All photos are by the author.  Biking at Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim) by Bob Lovell No, … Continue reading

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