My Favorite National Parks and Why

With now 412 National Parks in the USA, there are so many beautiful and interesting places to experience our America. These are my favorites and why I love them.
  1. Petrified Forest National Park - Arizona
    In addition to petrified wood, the park contains some amazing painted desert and magical blue mesas. I felt like I was on the moon. I will never forget those blue mesas.
  2. Wright Brothers National Memorial - North Carolina
    This park is not only the location of the first ever powered airplane flight, but also the place where Wilbur and Orville Wright conducted hours, days, weeks, months, years of study to learn and develop their craft. Their patience, persistence and drive is an inspiration. I cry a little and learn a lot each time I hear a Park Ranger share the Wright's story.
  3. Dry Tortugas National Park - Florida
    On a tiny island, about the same distance from Key West as it is from Cuba, I saw more stars than my mind could begin to process. This was also the first trip I took with my then good friend and now husband. He's been a pretty good souvenir.
  4. Cumberland Island National Seashore - Georgia
    The Seashore is not only a place of rare wilderness on the east coast, but also has a rich human history; it was inhabited by Native Americans, Spanish colonists, plantation owners, enslaved Americans, former slaves, Revolutionary War heroes and generations of the Thomas Carnegie family. I also married on Cumberland, but that's only part if why it's so special to me.
  5. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site - New York
    Teddy Roosevelt was so many things - son of privilege, cowboy, and president to name a few. I enjoyed visiting his birthplace in Manhattan to learn about his youth and see the places where he hid pet frogs from his family and first practiced taxidermy on wild critters. A great man and certainly an entertaining child.