These are the 416 Sites we hope to visit and photograph. They are arranged by state.  BOLD type are visited sites,                                                               P the photographs are done but not yet posted    UNDERLINED are linked to site's photos in the state gallery.

 

Alabama

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Little River Canyon National Preserve

Russell Cave National Monument

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

Alaska

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

Arizona

Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

     Coronado National Memorial

     Fort Bowie National Historic Site

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

Hohokam Pima National Monument

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site

    Montezuma Castle National Monument

Navajo National Monument

     Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

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

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Tonto National Monument

    Tumacacori National Historical Park

Tuzigoot National Monument

    Walnut Canyon National Monument

Wupatki National Monument

Arkansas

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

California

     Cabrillo National Monument

     César E. Chávez National Monument

Castle Mountains National Monument

     Channel Islands National Park

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 will a wagon and a mule. 5/5

Devils Postpile National Monument

     Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site

Fort Point National Historic Site

     Golden Gate National Recreation Area

     John Muir National Historic Site

     Joshua Tree National Park

     Kings Canyon National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lava Beds National Monument

Manzanar National Historic Site

Mojave National Preserve

Mojave Trails National Monument

     Muir Woods National Monument

     Pinnacles National Park

     Point Reyes National Seashore

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

     Redwood National Park       

     Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park

     San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

     Sand to Snow National Monument

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

     Sequoia National Park

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area

     Yosemite National Park

Colorado

     Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    Colorado National Monument

    Curecanti National Recreation Area

    Dinosaur National Monument Colorado, Utah

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Preserve

Hovenweep National Monument Colorado, Utah

      Mesa Verde National Park    

      Rocky Mountain National Park

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

Yucca House National Monument

Connecticut 

Weir Farm National Historic Site

Delaware

      First State National Historical Park

Florida

Big Cypress National Preserve

Biscayne National Park

      Canaveral National Seashore

      Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

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

Georgia

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

Guam

War in the Pacific National Historical Park

Hawaii

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

Idaho

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

Illinois

      Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Pullman National Monument

Indiana

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

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

Iowa

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

Kansas

     Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site

     Fort Larned National Historic Site

Fort Scott National Historic Site

Nicodemus National Historic Site

    Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Kentucky    

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

Louisiana

Cane River Creole National Historical Park

    Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

    New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Poverty Point National Monument

Maine

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

     Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Saint Croix Island International Historic Site

Maryland  

     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 McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort Washington 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

Massachusetts

 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

P    Boston National Historical Park

    Cape Cod National Seashore

P    Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

P   John F. Kennedy National Historic Site

P    Longfellow House–Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

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

 P   Minute Man National Historical Park

    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

Michigan

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

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

Minnesota

Grand Portage National Monument

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Pipestone National Monument

Voyageurs National Park

Mississippi

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

Natchez Trace Parkway see under  Tennessee

Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail see under Tennessee

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

Missouri

George Washington Carver National Monument

     Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Montana

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

 

Nebraska

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

Nevada

Gold Butte National Monument

     Great Basin National Park

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

New York

African Burial Ground National Monument 

Castle Clinton National Monument 

P    Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

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 

Hamilton Grange National Memorial

    Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt 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.

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

    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

Ohio

P    Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument

      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

P    Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Oklahoma

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

     Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Oregon  

    Crater Lake National Park

    Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Oregon, Washington

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve

Pennsylvania 

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

    Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

 P   Eisenhower National Historic Site

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

    Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    Independence National Historical Park

    Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Middle 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

Tennessee

    Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Tennessee, Kentucky

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Tennessee, Kentucky

 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

P    Shiloh National Military Park Tennessee, Mississippi

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

Texas

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

Utah

P    Arches National Park

Bears Ears National Monument

P    Bryce Canyon National Park

P    Canyonlands National Park

P    Capitol Reef National Park

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Golden Spike National Historic Site

Natural Bridges National Monument

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Timpanogos Cave National Monument

    Zion National Park

Vermont

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

Virginia

    Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

 P   Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

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

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

P    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

Washington

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 Washington, Oregon

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 is 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

Ross Lake National Recreation Area

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Whitman Mission National Historic Site

Washington DC

Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site 

    Constitution Gardens

    Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 

    Korean War Veterans Memorial

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. 3/5

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site 

    National Capital Parks

    National Mall

    Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site

    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

World War II Memorial Not as unified feeling as some monuments in DC but moving 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

Wisconsin

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway Wisconsin, Minnesota

Wyoming

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. 

    John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway

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