National parks to visit

In 2009, prior to my Dad's 50th birthday, I asked him if he had been to Montana. You see, I always heard that he wanted to live in Maine or Montana after college; something about the fresh air and less traffic. Anyways, I wasn't aware that he had ever been. This began a bigger conversation about the places we hadn't been. This began a list of national parks we had not yet finished.

National Park

Pacific Northwest

Oregon, Washington

  • Owyhee Canyonlands
  • Crater Lake
  • Rogue River National Forest
  • Mount Rainier
  • North Cascades
  • Olympic National Park (Rainforest!)
  • Redwood National Park (CA)
  • Portland, OR; Seattle, WA


  • Lake Tahoe
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Sonoma County; Napa Valley
  • San Francisco, CA

Rocky Mountains


  • Pike's Peak
  • Black canyon of the Gunnison
  • Great Sand Dunes
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park (South Dakota; slight detour)
  • Denver, CO


Cruise vs. Land Tour

Appalachian Trail

  • Doing sections a week at a time
  • Avoiding the New England sections
  • Figure out where to meet up with Neil and Dixie; re-supply them and walk for ten days or so
Donald Pendagast III