These are the 417 Sites we hope to visit and photograph. They are arranged by state.  BOLD type are visited sites, UNDERLINED are linked to site's photos in the state gallery.



Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument

Freedom Riders National Monument

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Little River Canyon National Preserve

Russell Cave National Monument

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Wonderful site, well done museum and really nice, evocative atmosphere. Under enormous pressure these men excelled. Great story. 4/5

Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site Tuskegee was developed by Booker T. Washington Professor G. W. Carver into an important university. And they did this against great odds. I am sure the school itself was a legacy these two men appreciated but I think the National Park Service could do much better. They deserve more acclaim. 1+/5


Alagnak Wild River

Aniakchak National Monument

Aniakchak National Preserve

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

Cape Krusenstern National Monument

Denali National Park

Denali National Preserve

Gates of the Arctic National Park

Gates of the Arctic National Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay National Preserve

Katmai National Park

Katmai National Preserve

Kenai Fjords National Park

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Alaska, Washington

Kobuk Valley National Park

Lake Clark National Park

Lake Clark National Preserve

Noatak National Preserve

Sitka National Historical Park

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument Alaska, California, Hawaii

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

American Samoa

National Park of American Samoa


Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

Coronado National Memorial On the boarder with Mexico, DHS and immigration agents were everywhere. The roads were rough and we only did a couple of hikes. 2+/5

Fort Bowie National Historic Site Stagecoaches, miners, Pony Express, soldiers, settlers, Apache mixed on this section of the Butterfield Stage Road. Everyone was here because of the year-round spring. If you ever watched an old western, you really need to see the real thing. Oh, and it is 1.5 miles walking to the visitor center. Cool. 4/5

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Arizona, Utah

Grand Canyon National Park A place that can take your breath away. My first visit was at age 12 and I sat on the edge of the canyon for several hours just astonished at the scope, the colors and the sense of wonder. I have only been to the Grand Canyon two more times but look forward to again sitting on the rim edge in wonder. 5/5

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

Hohokam Pima National Monument (This site is not counted for photo or trips as no public access is allowed)

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site

    Montezuma Castle National Monument

Navajo National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument On the Mexican boarder, this park has a lot of variety, nice hikes and opportunity to see some unique wildlife and fauna. We did a long drive, a hike to an abandoned mine and lots of bird watching. We camped in the "no generator" portion and it was very nice. 4/5

Petrified Forest National Park A very brief visit at the northern end of the park recently and a longer visit in the southern end years ago. What I do recall is that you must get out on a trail to appreciate the park. Very different world. 3/5

Pipe Spring National Monument

Saguaro National Park There are two parts to this park, east and west. We spent most of our time in the East section. The paved drive is nice and lots of hikes off the route. Plan this park in the fall to the spring. 3+/5

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Tonto National Monument

Tumacacori National Historical Park An interesting old mission with a beautiful garden courtyard. 2+/5

Tuzigoot National Monument

    Walnut Canyon National Monument

Wupatki National Monument


Arkansas Post National Memorial

Buffalo National River

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Hot Springs National Park

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Pea Ridge National Military Park

President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site


     Cabrillo National Monument

César E. Chávez National Monument This is a recent park for the NPS system so lots more to develop but still nice small museum with beautiful gardens. Seems a bit more shrine-like than most similar NPS similar sites.2+/5

Castle Mountains National Monument

Channel Islands National Park Weather is a factor in visiting this park. We had to reduce our time significantly because of fog, the boat could not go in the morning. Sadly we only could see one island for 3 hours. Not nearly, remotely enough time. It was beautiful. 5/5

Death Valley National Park I had one day to see a portion of this park and did not think I would need that much time. Wrong. I am anxious to return and would love to spend a week. I did not even see a small portion of the park and what I did was amazing. I cannot still fathom crossing that with a wagon and a mule. 5/5

Devils Postpile National Monument

Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site Wonderful home, wonderful tour. You access it via a bus from the town, very few people make the effort and they are missing a unique experience. 4/5

Fort Point National Historic Site

     Golden Gate National Recreation Area

John Muir National Historic Site Interesting house, compelling man. What is rather unknown is his absolute faith. Parking is limited. 3+/5

Joshua Tree National Park Writing two sentences about Joshua Tree is like recalling one line of Shakespeare and thinking you know all about his plays. Just go. 5/5

Kings Canyon National Park (This park is now merged with Sequoia National Park as a single unit)

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lava Beds National Monument

Manzanar National Historic Site

Mojave National Preserve

Muir Woods National Monument This is very close to San Francisco and hence very popular and crowded. Parking is a nightmare on  a nice day. Not much sense of wild, but still worthwhile. 3/5

Pinnacles National Park I was not enamored of Pinnacles. It did not seem to have the grandeur or scope of a national park. We did two nice hikes, very hot. 2+/5

Point Reyes National Seashore We were unable to do all we intended here. Very strong winds and quite cold, so no hikes! But really neat place. 3+/5

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Redwood National Park A wonder. Mists, trees, seashore, huge ferns, mix of state and national area and where a portion of Star Wars was filmed. 4+/5

Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park I was disappointed in this park, just a small, well done, museum with dioramas. The ship, is a separate entry fee and worthwhile for the last one of its type. 2/5

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Nice but small collection of vessels on a pier. Neatest part was the restored art deco swim club. 2+/5

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Sequoia - Kings Canyon National Park Yes, they are big trees. Easy to see why it was hard to believe when the stories first drifted East. Lots more to see and do here, great hikes. King's is sometimes seen as the "other" park and Sequoia the "real" one. Not sure I would agree. KC has great trees, wild rivers, super hikes and miles of wilderness. Loved it. 5/5

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Tule Unit

Yosemite National Park One of the crown jewels of the continent - do not miss. 5/5


Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site This was a trading post not a fort but was constructed for protection if needed. It never was. Largest building from the Mississippi to the Pacific for decades. Extremely well done. The pool table was a remarkable object given the struggle to get it to the post. 4+/5

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park A remarkable gash in the landscape on a high plateau. Not the most accessible of parks, hikes are long and steep. Watched Perrigine Falcons hawking. 4/5

    Colorado National Monument

    Curecanti National Recreation Area

    Dinosaur National Monument Colorado, Utah

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Hovenweep National Monument Colorado, Utah

      Mesa Verde National Park    

      Rocky Mountain National Park

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

Yucca House National Monument


Weir Farm National Historic Site


 First State National Historical Park A mishmash of historic sites that were under state control that collectively provided a National Park site for Delaware. Not sure they deserved it. The Green in Dover is an embarrassment and the home is Lewes is not prepared for anything or anyone yet. The plantation was ok. May revise when we visit the northern units that we are told are much better. 1/5


Big Cypress National Preserve

Biscayne National Park

      Canaveral National Seashore

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Wonderful fort in the midst of beautiful St. Augustine. Can't miss. 4/5

De Soto National Memorial   This is a small park and not likely the original site for De Soto's landing. The park has a trail, some reconstructed Indian homes, small visitor center and some cool Gumbo Limbo trees. The walk was nice and saw some neat birds. Decent film at VC. 2/5

Dry Tortugas National Park

Everglades National Park

Fort Caroline National Memorial   1564 French Fort replica with a very sad history. Park has a visitor center, extensive trails, and three parts. 2+/5

Fort Matanzas National Monument   Very interesting small park on the Florida coast. You ride a boat to the fort, nice short ride but feels very remote. Some trails from the main visitor center. Really enjoyed this park with a brief  history. 3/5

Gulf Islands National Seashore Florida, Mississippi

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve This is an extensive marsh land and water park overing state parks and wildlife lands. I saw a very small portion mainly the Kingsley Plantation and some of the birds on Little Talbot Island. It share some of the same property as Fort Caroline NM. 3/5


Andersonville National Historic Site

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Georgia, Tennessee This is a large and complex park that encompasses Lookout Mountain and other battlefields and a large tract of land along the river with pre-Columbian heritage. The Civil War sites are a must for anyone engaged in understanding that war and the movies at the VC's are excellent. 4/5

Cumberland Island National Seashore

    Fort Frederica National Monument

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

    Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

Ocmulgee National Monument


War in the Pacific National Historical Park


Haleakala National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Honouliuli National Monument

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

World War II Valor in the Pacific, USS Arizona


City of Rocks National Reserve

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon National Preserve

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

Minidoka National Historic Site

Nez Perce National Historical Park


Lincoln Home National Historic Site Simply because of the stature of our 16th president this is a must visit home. It is also well done and the immediate area is also full of Lincoln memorabilia and museums. 4/5

Pullman National Monument


George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Indiana The park on the shores of the Wabash River has nothing of the original structures left but the VC and the really impressive domed memorial are well worth your time and effort to get to this out-of-the-way site. The history that occurred here is remarkable. 3+/5

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore With only a brief time at the park -between rain squalls, I did not get a great impression. Sure it changes dramatically on nice summer days. There were also five homes from the Chicago Worlds Fair here all privately owned but cool. Poorly signed park and hard to get find your way around. 2+/5

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial The highlight of this park is the grave of Nancy Hanks Lincoln and the frieze panels on the visitor center. Not a stellar park from my experience. 2/5


Effigy Mounds National Monument

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Located only a couple of minutes off the interstate this is a great stop. There are original buildings and a few restored. HH's home and church are really neat to see and how he ascended from these modest beginnings to the President of the US is cool. There is also a library. 3+/5


Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site Simply a must stop for those who value the promise of the Constitution. Well told story. 4/5

Fort Larned National Historic Site You can get a sense of the remoteness of this part of the world even today, hard to imagine how if felt 175 years ago. The soldiers lived better here than some places but it was a lonely, cold/hot windy place. 3+/5

Fort Scott National Historic Site

Nicodemus National Historic Site

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Open prairie for miles, bison, birds and sky. Grasses over your head. Very neat and unique place. 4/5


     Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia The views from the top are wonderful. What sets this apart is the history that flowed across this pass - generations of people moving West. Lots of trails to walk. 3+/5

      Mammoth Cave National Park


Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park This park was a major disappointment. Located the Old Mint it is really a state museum (pay) that houses a NPS gift shop. They do sparsely scheduled jazz demonstrations and, apparently some walking tours but none were on the schedule when we were there. 1/5

Poverty Point National Monument


Acadia National Park My favorite and most visited park. Accessible hikes, gorgeous coast, deeply scented pine forests, lakes in abundance and close to great food is my ideal place. We have hiked miles of trails and most of the peaks. One more trip and I think we will have all the major peaks done. You need to visit here. 5/5

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Maine to Georgia Stretching for over 2000 miles across multiple states, NPS places it in Maine. We have walked on portions in ME, NY, PA, MD, VA, NC, TN, MA, VT and NH. The photos will be labeled as I find them in the mass of photos because, of course, they are not identified! 4+/5

     Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site


     Antietam National Battlefield

Assateague Island National Seashore This park encompasses seashore in Maryland and Virginia on the Eastern Shore. The north end is near Ocean City MD the south ends near Chincoteague. This is a stellar place for birding and famous for the wild horses (IE Misty). 4+/5

    Catoctin Mountain Park

    C & O Canal National Historical Park Maryland, Washington DC

Clara Barton National Historic Site

Fort Foote Park One of the many forts defending Washington during the Civil War. This one is neglected - a blight instead of a beautiful place. 1/5

    Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort Washington Park

Glen Echo Park

Greenbelt Park

Hampton National Historic Site

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park

    Monocacy National Battlefield

Piscataway Park

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Maryland, Pennsylvania

    Thomas Stone National Historic Site


Adams National Historical Park In Adam's day this was farmland, now decidedly urban with barely enough room left for the three houses. It takes away from what are some of the most historic homes in American history. You board a trolley at the Visitor Center first to one site then the second. Not really enough time -guided tours only with no photographs inside. NPS could do a much better job here and should. 2+/5

Boston African American National Historic Site

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

    Boston National Historical Park

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

John F. Kennedy National Historic Site A modest, by today's standards, very modest home is where JFK was born in 1917. The ranger gave a great tour and the house is so much like many of my friend's homes growing up in Pittsburgh. Very little parking! 3+/5

Longfellow House–Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site Much more interesting than I expected. Very near Harvard so there is much to see in the area as well. Very interesting man, Longfellow and in his day one of the most well known men. 4/5

Lowell National Historical Park The park in in the midst of a busy urban setting with large mills all around. This is a slice of history that helped define the industrial revolution. Hearing 10 of the more than 100 machines in one bay of the factory gives a new appreciation of the difficult work that was done here. 4/5

Minute Man National Historical Park A narrow park between Lexington and Concord with many reminders of that deadly day. The call to arms that began the armed conflict to determine the independence of the United States 4/5

    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

 Springfield Armory National Historic Site Nice collection of interesting weapons. This was an active armory from the Revolution to WWII. Now most of the grounds is a college. 2+/5


Isle Royale National Park

Keweenaw National Historical Park

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore On the Eastern shore of Lake Michigan is this very neat park. I imagine it is even better from the lake but enjoyed the views and the sunsets. 3/5

River Raisin National Battlefield Park This park has big plans since being taken over from the state but they are a long way from having much worth the visit. Nice rangers. We were here on Memorial Day and it was a good thing because with no flags there would have been little to see. Nice history lesson, however. 1+/5

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore We arrived here late in the day and watched people climbing up the steep dune from the lake to the top. A strenuous climb. We drove  several miles on unpaved roads to other portions of the park. 2+/5


Grand Portage National Monument

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Pipestone National Monument

Voyageurs National Park


Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site Little at the site of the park. Lots of land recently acquired so maybe something will be developed. 1/5

Natchez National Historical Park

Tupelo National Battlefield Very disappointing park. Hard to understand the classification system the park uses. Small, urban clutter, messy, no parking and little to recommend a stop. -1/5

    Vicksburg National Military Park Mississippi, Louisiana


George Washington Carver National Monument

Harry S Truman National Historic Site The site is in the midst of the historic district but with easy access. The house was very interesting as was the one across the street. Other "Harry" sites abound. 3/5

    Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield


Big Hole National Battlefield

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Glacier National Park The breadth of the park and the beauty of the lakes and mountains is worth any amount of time you can spend in the park. We did hikes on the west and the eastern sides. Both were stunning. 5/5

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site We did not know this park existed when we saw the sign on the way from Yellowstone to Glacier. A massive ranching operation from the 1860's to mid 20th century with everything left intact to the Park Service us a step back in time. Spent the day could have spend many more. 4/5

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument I was unprepared for the emotions I felt visiting this site. Several of the vistas are unchanged from the battle and the tombstones where the soldiers fell just seemed sacred. The tribes who fought here are remembered as well and you must feel sympathy for their desparate attempt to hold on to their way of life. 4/5


Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Homestead National Monument of America I barely got a photo of this place. We just ran across it no planning involved and I just had gained a camera. No thought of what we are now doing. Restored home typical of the homesteading era and nice visitors center 2/5

Missouri National Recreational River Nebraska, South Dakota

Niobrara National Scenic River

Scotts Bluff National Monument Interesting place rising above the plain in Western Nebraska. You can drive to the top for a nice view, some trails and VC. Highlight for me was the original wagon tracks from the Oregon Trail's countless wagons. 2+/5


Great Basin National Park An immense park in eastern Nevada. I think we covered 1%, but that we quite a treat. I think it would be way too hot in the summer, early spring was warm but not hot. Snow kept us from the higher reaches of the mountains. 4/5

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Nevada, Arizona

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

New Hampshire

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Another of the "that is better than I expected" sites and one of the few dedicated to an artist. He was a sculptor of note and the grounds are wonderful, with some excellent representations of his work and studio as well as his home. A few trails as a bonus. 2+/5

New Jersey

     Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River

Morristown National Historical Park This was the winter encampment for Washington's army for three years, 1779-1782. It was harsh. He ordered uniform size huts built for every 12 men. One of my ancestors spent the winter here in 1779-80. We arrived late after hours and only had a brief time here so no rating yet.

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park 

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

New Mexico

Aztec Ruins National Monument 

Bandelier National Monument 

Capulin Volcano National Monument 

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park 

El Malpais National Monument 

El Morro National Monument 

Fort Union National Monument 

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument o

Manhattan Project National Historical Park New Mexico, Tennessee, Washington

Pecos National Historical Park 

Petroglyph National Monument 

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

Valles Caldera National Preserve 

White Sands National Monument A very special place. We were there are a great day, not too much wind but how unique. A soft talc like material that does not hold the heat, brushes off and holds lots of plants. And you can sled on the dunes. Wow. 4+/5

New York

African Burial Ground National Monument 

Castle Clinton National Monument 

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site Fascinating woman and interesting glimpse into her life and work. 3+/5

Federal Hall National Memorial

Fire Island National Seashore 

Fort Stanwix National Monument 

Gateway National Recreation Area New York, New Jersey

General Grant National Memorial 

Governors Island National Monument 

Harriet Tubman National Historic Site

Hamilton Grange National Memorial

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site Interesting look at how the upper classes lived in the late 1800's early 1900's. Also the presidential library here is quite nice with lots of WWII information from FDR's perspective. 4/5

Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site 

Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Saratoga National Historical Park 

Statue of Liberty National Monument This is a preliminary perspective as I have not been on the grounds. My photos are from the Staton Island Ferry. Will rate later.

Stonewall National Monument

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site 

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site

    Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Women's Rights National Historical Park

North Carolina

Cape Hatteras National Seashore This is the northern most of the two seashores on the Outer Banks. Love the wild feelings of the dunes and the lighthouse is great. 3/5

    Cape Lookout National Seashore

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Beautiful home, nice story and great little town nestled in the Blue Ridge. 4/5

    Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park A revolutionary war battlefield of critical importance in the history of American independence. The site is now encroached by lots of roads, buildings and noise. Not too much to see but worth the trip. Visitor Center was undergoing rebuilding. 2+/5

    Moores Creek National Battlefield 

    Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site North Dakota, Montana

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Very nice slice of both historical and natural landscapes and wildlife on this large park. We did not yet visit the northern unit. Nice drive across much of the park and some very nice easy trails. 3/5


Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument Unfinished, unprepared and not extremely interesting. The Buffalo Soldiers were intriguing but this park is not ready. 1/5

      Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Surprise, two days and still more to see. The park has several units and the adjacent Wright Patterson AFB museum is a must. I found the Huffman Prairie Flying Field was a treat that I did not know existed. The Wright Flyer III at the restored village was awe inspiring. I had to read the newish book by David McCullough on the Wrights. Their story is inspiring. 4+/5

First Ladies National Historic Site

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park Strictly for heritage reasons 2000 year-old mounds ought to be preserved and for some people these are likely very special. I tried to catch the ranger's enthusiasm but failed. 1+/5

James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial

William Howard Taft National Historic Site


Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Oklahoma City National Memorial

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Located in Western Oklahoma off the main travel routes but worth the detour. Includes Black Kettle Grasslands and a nice visitor center with a history walk across the homestead efforts in the area. A moving walk across a portion of history that is not marked by honor. Black Kettle and his wife were among the victims here. Custer will meet a similar fate in a few years. 3/5


Crater Lake National Park America's deepest and purest (and bluest?) lake. Stunning views anywhere along the rim drive. Nice shorter hikes and a boat ride if you wish. 4/5

    Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Oregon, Washington

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve


Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

    Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site  In addition to the tour of an interesting and beautiful mid-century home (though the house is much older) you get an  insightful look into DDE. Excellent 4/5 

Flight 93 National Memorial My grandson and I stopped here on our way to the vintage car races in Pittsburgh. There is a lot of work underway on the site but what is there is enough to be a place for reflection. 2+/5

    Fort Necessity National Battlefield

    Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Gettysburg National Military Park I have been here dozens of times since I was a kid. My first book purchased with earned money was American Heritage's Civil War. It is a constantly moving experience to walk these grounds. A very well preserved battlefield and the cemetery made famous by a short speech is a must for anyone. Take time to travel to the less known spots and walk off trials. I also recommend you hire one of the highly trained guides. 5/5

Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site

    Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    Independence National Historical Park

    Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Lower Delaware National Scenic River

Steamtown National Historic Site

Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memoria

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

Valley Forge National Historical Park A park that is steeped in the story of America's beginning. Yet it is but one of the winter encampments and it was not the worst camp the soldiers endured. That is not to say it was easy. Here is where the citizens became an army. Headquarters is a really nice building and the VC movie is excellent. 4+/5

Puerto Rico

San Juan National Historic Site

Rhode Island

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Rhode Island, Massachusetts

Roger Williams National Memorial

South Carolina

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site 

     Congaree National Park

Cowpens National Battlefield An open, clear understandable battlefield that gives a great sense of the tactics and results of this critical fight. Views not significantly changed since the battle. 3+/5

Fort Sumter National Monument More than one site for this complex. Fee for the water ride to Sumter but other parts are accessible and free. Nice VC at and great history at Fort Moultrie as well. 3+/5

Kings Mountain National Military Park This was an intriguing battle of the "over the mountain men" and a complete victory for the Americans. The park is heavily wooded, nice trail and VC has an OK film 3/5

Ninety Six National Historic Site

South Dakota

      Badlands National Park

Jewel Cave National Monument 

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site 

    Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Wind Cave National Park


Andrew Johnson National Historic Site This is in Greenville a rather neat old town. His tailor shop and two homes are here along with a small museum and burial ground. Worth a stop. 3/5

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Tennessee, Kentucky

    Fort Donelson National Battlefield

 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tennessee, North Carolina Books are written on the GSMNP so three sentences are more than inadequate. Trails, bears, waterfalls, forests, mists, mountain heritage, rushing streams, boulders, vistas, balds, flowers, trees, people, structures, isolation and crowds. Go. 5/5

Obed Wild and Scenic River

Shiloh National Military Park (also Mississippi) A horrific battle occurred in this pastoral setting - a sentence that could be used often regarding the Civil War. Well preserved and a bit confusing. Don't miss the Corinth, Mississippi portion with it's great visitor center and fountain. 3+/5

Stones River National Battlefield This was an important battle about which I knew very little. Once on site I recalled reading about the "slaughter pen' but did not realize where it was located. The park has some life size cut-out figures that place the combatants in perspective. 3+/5

Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, Tennessee (see also Mississippi) We have traveled the NTNST only one time from beginning to end, what a great trip. We have done portions of the trail three for four other times and always find great places to stop and hike or just nice views to contemplate. There are some free campgrounds on the Trace that are very nice. 4/5


Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

Amistad National Recreation Area

Big Bend National Park

Big Thicket National Preserve

Chamizal National Memorial

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Padre Island National Seashore

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River   

 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park We arrived in San Antonio the day all the National Parks were closed because of a budget impasse in DC. (!!!) However we were most fortunate because these missions are still active Catholic parishes they were unable to shut them down. Yea. We were able to visit all five Very interesting era of history. 3+/5

Waco Mammoth National Monument


Arches National Park Superlative park, nice campsites, close to town with good restaurants, wonderful hiking, unique views and lots to do. 5/5

Bryce Canyon National Park This is a park you only really can appreciate by hiking at least some distance into the canyon. Striking, surreal formations everywhere. 4+/5

Canyonlands National Park Huge park with much of it accessible by four-wheel or hiking. We did not take full advantage of the time there and storms were rolling in. 3+/5

Capitol Reef National Park Large portions were closed by flooding on our visit so hiking was limited. We did pick apples, eat wonderful pie and do three shorter hikes. Need to return because we were unable to hike on the trials we had planned. Lots of history here as well. 4/5

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Golden Spike National Historic Site

Natural Bridges National Monument

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Timpanogos Cave National Monument

    Zion National Park


Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Vermont's only NPS site. Why? It is interesting but not more than most of the amazing mountain scenery. Also the farm that is adjacent is not part of the park and is an additional fee area. 2+/5 

Virgin Islands

Buck Island Reef National Monument 

Christiansted National Historic Site 

Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve 

Virgin Islands National Park 

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument


    Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial Beautiful and inspiring home of the Lee's now the centerpiece of the National Cemetery 4/5

Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia, North Carolina Superlative in every way. Remote hikes, crowded spaces, waterfalls, excellent birding, mountain culture and hundreds of miles of no traffic light driving on top of the world. 5/5

    Booker T. Washington National Monument

    Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

Colonial National Historical Park Virginia If you are remotely interested in American history this is more than a must visit. The Colonial parkway links Jamestown Island with Yorktown Battlefield, both keystone events in the life of America and each can absorb a full day or more. In between, though not a NPS site is Colonial Williamsburg. And there goes another week. 5/5

    Fort Monroe National Monument

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park I once lived quite close to the Wilderness and Spotsylvania parks but I did not take photographs then. These two from Fredericksburg are a downpayment! The three parks have a lot to offer but you need to spend time driving to the various locals. 3+/5

    George Washington Birthplace National Monument

    George Washington Memorial Parkway Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC

    Great Falls Park

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site Mrs. Walker was a pivotal figure in African-American history in Richmond and beyond. A remarkable woman with amazing accomplishments, The home is modest but not for the era. Nice visit but remember parking is very limited. 3/5

    Manassas National Battlefield Park

    Petersburg National Battlefield Park

    Prince William Forest Park

    Richmond National Battlefield Park

Shenandoah National Park SNP is outstanding but I do not understand why it is separate or why the Blue Ridge Parkway is a distinct park They share the same road and the same mountains. Shenandoah is the northern end of the contiguous park and beautiful. 4/5

    Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts


Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve This area celebrates historic farms many in the same families for generations. The nice scenery coupled with amazing vistas and surrounded by water is a great place to walk and relax. 3+/5

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Lake Chelan National Recreation Area

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Mount Rainier National Park A visually impressive mountain in the midst of an incomparable wilderness creates an experience that can take your breath away. Also, if you stay or eat on property it will take your funds away quickly. Extraordinary. 5/5

North Cascades National Park This park is mostly wilderness and we only saw a small portion. We hiked a 9 mile round trip up a mountain. Springs, waterfalls, snowfields (in August) and mountains as far as we could see. Love it. 4+/5

Olympic National Park

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Washington DC

Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument Across from the capitol this was the headquarters of the movement to secure the right to vote for women. Limited hours and no parking at the site. 3+/5  

Capitol Hill Parks

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site 

    Constitution Gardens

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site There is a museum in the basement and the theatre is still an active venue, so the stage, lighting etc, is not period. Still, seeing where an amazing man's life was cut short by other's evil choices is somber. What would have been the reconstruction effort if it were lead by Lincoln? Don't miss this. 4+/5

Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial This is series of vignettes from FDR's presidency. We visited during the day and at night, very moving at night. Worth the walk. 3+/5

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 

George Washington Memorial Parkway

Korean War Veterans Memorial A rather small memorial, not unlike the way the war seems to be considered today. For these men and women it was anything but small. The statues feel cold, appropriately. 4/5

Lincoln Memorial No one should miss taking a few minutes in the cathedral that is the Lincoln Memorial. Read it all, slowly. 5/5

Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial I think they could have done better by MLKjr. There is much more to the story but still glad it is here. Love the quotes. Better at night.  3+/5

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site 

    National Capital Parks

    National Mall

Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site Pennsylvania Avenue is accorded NPS site status. Not sure I understand the reasoning but maybe has to do with protection of the avenue. 1/5

    Rock Creek Park

    Theodore Roosevelt Island

Thomas Jefferson Memorial The standing Jefferson is spectacular. 4/5

Vietnam Veterans Memorial For my generation this is hallowed ground and the volunteers try to keep it that way. Don't miss the two statues. 4/5

Washington Monument One of the most recognized structures in the world. But it often is not open. It dominates many viewpoints in DC. 2+/5

    White House

World War I Memorial Authorized in 1920 they still are arguing where to build it. Really. So the DC WWI and the Pershing are stop gaps while they bicker. 1+/5

World War II Memorial Not as unified feeling as some monuments in DC but compelling if you spend the time to read and know some of the history. The wall of stars is so moving. 3+/5

West Virginia

Bluestone National Scenic River Difficult to get to the river. You have long, dirt, rutted roads or a tram for most access. Or travel by water. 2+/5

    Gauley River National Recreation Area

    Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    New River Gorge National River


Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway Wisconsin, Minnesota


Devils Tower National Monument

Fort Laramie National Historic Site Most interesting to me because of scores of old Western movies I watched growing up. It seemed so remote and exotic. The fort is well worth the trip but not a lot of time is need to see the park. 2+/5

Fossil Butte National Monument

Grand Teton National Park We barely scratched the surface of this park with a half-day in the area. I will rate it later but I loved the cabin where the shoot out occurred. 

Yellowstone National Park This was one of the first places I took photographs and they in no way begin to suggest how wonderful the park is = maybe unless your name is Adams, none do. We did see every large mammal in the park from moose to grizzly to wolf to big horn to buffalo and m