Yesterday, my darling daughter wrote a post on 14 places she would like to see before she dies. Today, my answer to that is 10 places in the USA I would like to see before I die. These are all United States National Parks.
Denali National Park in Alaska is home to Mount McKinley, our continent’s highest peak, as well as scores of wildlife and scenic vistas. Everywhere you look is a postcard. The national park service says there are 6 million acres…and only one ribbon of road. Simply beautiful!
I would love to see the Grand Canyon and all its splendor. According to the Park Service: “A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.”
At Minute Man National Historic Park began the American Revolution and the “shot heard ’round the world.” On these grounds fought the men who secured our freedom and “the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.” Without their sacrifices, there would be no freedoms as we know them today.Things like freedom of the press, of speech, of lawful assembly, freedom from government interference in my religious practices, freedom to keep and bear arms. In short, freedom from government interference in our lives.
When you look at pictures of Olympic National Park, you just have to say, “WOW.” Again, from the National Park Service web site: “Here you will find Pacific Ocean beaches, rain forest valleys, glacier-capped peaks and a stunning variety of plants and animals. Roads provide access to the outer edges of the park, but the heart of Olympic is wilderness; a primeval sanctuary for humans and wild creatures alike.” How could anyone NOT want to visit?
This is a picture of the USS Arizona. On this hallowed ground lies the Battleship Arizona that was sunk in an act of terrorism against the United States. Here is the final resting place for many of this ship’s 1,177 members who were killed in the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Never forget “the day that will live in infamy.”
Yosemite National Park is a shrine to the “strength of granite, power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.” Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.” To top it all off, I’d go see El Capitan!
I’ve been skiing in the Colorado Rockies, but I’ve never visited Rocky Mountain National Park. I would really love to go in the fall of the year to see the changing colors and the surreal beauty of the mountains in autumn.
At Valley Forge National Historic Park, George Washington kept a rag-tag group of soldiers together long enough to make it through a very tough winter. Little rations, few blankets, tattered uniforms and low morale all made life almost unbearable in our 21st century estimation. What we don’t know is that this was life as usual for a soldier of that day. The fact that these men and boys suffered through terrible hardship is a testament to American perseverance. We should ALL have such tenacity.
Ah Gettysburg. “Fourscore and seven years ago, our forefathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” There were 51,000 casualties at the Battle of Gettysburg. 51,000. Fifty One Thousand over the course of a few days.
Last but not least, Redwood National Park. I would love to go see these giants that have been around for hundreds, even thousands of years.
Many thanks to Jeff at My Supercharged Life for his post that inspired this one. Jeff is a member of The Life Skills Network and is sure to inspire a lot more people with wonderful ideas and posts like this! He wrote 10 Places I Have To See Before I Die. We’re on the same page with Numbers 2, 4, and 10!
Also, be sure and read David’s post on his 10 Places HE Would Like To See.
[tags]travel, US National Parks[/tags]