9 NATIONAL PARKS (NOT ONE OF THE MAJOR 59) YOU SHOULDN’T MISS

Did you know that there are 412 national park areas out there? A lot of people have a bucket list item of visiting the 59 main national parks like Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains, and Yosemite, but ever since learning that there are so many more, we’ve decided to upgrade that bucket list item to visiting all 412.

We are still a long way off, but we’re starting to chip away at the list. We’ve enjoyed exploring some of the lesser known parks because they are typically far less crowded and you can easily see most of them in a day or two. Here are 9 that we’ve visited that you shouldn’t miss.

 

White Sand Dunes National Monument, New Mexico

 

This is easily one of our favorites. Walk, hike, or sled on what seems to be endless rolling hills of white sand. It’s a great site for photographers and you can see more about our visit here.

Pro Tip: Avoid visiting in the summer, since it gets brutally hot.


Cabrillo National Monument, California

While living in San Diego for a year, we had a lot of fun exploring Cabrillo National Monument. You can go tide pooling, check out the lighthouse, or enjoy amazing views of the city.

 

Tide pooling at Cabrillo National Monument in California

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ONE RV ADVENTURE TO HAVE WITH YOUR KIDS IN EVERY STATE BEFORE THEY GROW UP

Image via Flickr/H. Micheal Miley

 

Alabama

Go to Space Camp. Rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun wanted a place to inspire kids about space travel, and the result was Space Camp, where kids participate in simulated missions, experience what gravity feels like on the moon, and spin themselves silly on the multi-axis trainer.

 

Alaska

Go dogsledding. Whether you want to see the northern lights, explore Denali National Park or visit a glacier, get there by dogsled. The cold air in your face as you glide across the snow…there’s nothing else like it. Mush!

 

Arizona

Camp out in the Grand Canyon. But don’t stare at it for five minutes and then wonder, “Now what?” There are plenty of wonders waiting to be discovered inside the canyon. Climb down and explore, then spend the night under the stars at Mather Campground.

 

Arkansas

Dig for diamonds. Visit Crater of Diamonds State Park to find your own gemstones. It’s the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public, so start digging!

 

California

 

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EXPLORING NEW MEXICO: THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT

The year is winding down and it won’t be long until our new little one makes his or her entrance into the world. We wanted to get one last adventure in before settling down to nest for a few months as we welcome our new member into the family.

New Mexico, nicknamed Land of Enchantment for its scenic beauty and colorful history, was our destination. After exploring Taos and Los Alamos, we headed over to Santa Fe.

 

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HISTORY AND BEAUTY IN THE SOUTHWEST

 

 

It’s safe to say fall is on the way out and winter is just around the corner. Most of the leaves have disappeared and the weather hasn’t been able to make up it’s mind. One day we will be wearing t-shirts and then the next day we are bundled in warm coats and gloves!

 

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1000 MILES AND THE MEMORIES WITH THEM

 

Colorado

You may think having to extend plans an extra day for a doctor’s appointment* sounds like an inconvenience, but what about when your front yard is a view like this? We were happy to extend our stay in Colorado Springs where the view from our humble little campsite was not so humble!

 

*We get asked a lot about going to the doctor on the road, so for those who may be curious: For regular check ups we try to schedule them when we visit our hometown in California. If visiting home isn’t in the upcoming plans then we try to see a doctor in a town where we have friends. Hence this visit to my friend’s highly regarded dermatologist. In the rare instance of a situation that can’t wait – this has only happened once – we use Google to find a doctor in the area.

 

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