After thinking I was way behind on my travels yesterday, “they” come up with another 50 More of the Most Famous Landmarks on Earth (Part 2). So you add the latter fifty to the first fifty from yesterday’s post, and it becomes glaringly obvious I simply don’t get out much.
In this second set of places, I’ve got 47 trips yet to happen. So combining both lists, 93 worldly landmarks still await my arrival (and photography attempts).
Now if we were to take a deep breath and consider landmarks more local (instead of global), my attendance is much better when the “have-you-been-there” conversation turns to the National Parks of the U.S.
I definitely can count visited places on the list to a higher number than the “50 x 2 Landmarks”…and I needn’t worry about keeping tabs on my Passport! (just my gas card and/or boarding pass)
Here are the 58 National Parks in the National Park System:
If you want to see other National Park information, then check out ‘List of areas in the United States National Park System” on wiki.ask.com.
I, for one, confused the National Parks with the other Park Service sites/areas. Places like National Monuments, Preserves, Historic Parks, Historic Sites, Battlefields, Recreation Areas, Military, Seashores, Lakeshores, Rivers, Parkways, Scenic Trails, Cemeteries, Heritage Areas, and Protected Areas are under the USNPS jurisdiction. They all are a part of the “National Parks”, but considered independent of those 58 Parks.
So far in life, here’s my bucket list completion in the National Park System. Places visited include:
- 18 National Parks
- 8 National Monuments
- 3 National Preserves
- 2 National Historic Parks
- 2 National Historic Sites
- 2 National Memorials
- 2 National Recreation Areas
- 1 National Seashore
- 1 National Parkway
- 1 National Historic and Scenic Trail
- 1 National Cemetery
So maybe I haven’t been a total recluse. I set a life-goal to visit the other 40 National Parks before I go off camping in the heavens. God willing, I hope to have another 20-30 years to get those travels made and places visited.
I guess I better get started now, huh?