Podcast Episode #34: Our Top Ten National Parks that Aren’t “Parks”
In the United States, national monuments, preserves, scenic rivers, battlefields, and historic sites come together to create a wide overview of what we deem important in our country. We call these important places “national parks,” and we protect them with the National Park Service.
When Cole and I started planning our big national parks trip, we didn’t know much about the different designations and what they meant. All we knew was that we were aiming to see the 59 “parks.” (Psst! We explain the designations in detail HERE)
As the entire park system revealed itself to us, our eyes were open to the extent of sites throughout the country that are protected for the education and recreation of citizens.
Today on the podcast, we’re sharing our Top 10 national parks that don’t have the “park” designation. We have seen 137 NPS sites in all, including the 59 national parks. Here are a few to add to your list:
- Our post explaining NPS designations
- Last week’s interview with Mikah Meyer, a man visiting all 417 NPS units in three years
- Our Michigan road trip video
- Our other Top 10 lists:
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