Priceless places, priceless memories

The national parks represent the best of America — our rich natural, historical and cultural heritage. But without proper funding, our parks are in peril.

What’s at stake? Priceless memories — and the memories we haven’t yet made.

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Growing up, my Father thought it was important for us to see as much of our country as possible. We always drove so we could stop at anything that caught our eye, the Grand Canyon being his favorite. When my husband and I started having children of our o…

This was my first time backpacking and camping in the Yosemite back country. Before this experience, I had no idea what I was missing by only staying in the valley. While hiking towards our campsite, I thought the sun was rising to my left because of how…

Our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, a trip our family will never forget: the beautiful snow capped peaks in early June, the snow filled trails, the roads carved through 12-foot snow banks, the thick snowy tundra, the clear mountain air, cold mounta…

This is a beautiful sacred space that commemorates Custer's Last Stand and contributes to an understanding of the Lakota and other Plains Indian tribes. I was reminded of the savage atrocities committed against indigenous peoples during the founding of t…

Of all the places I have ever been, Big Bend is where I feel most at home. Being there fills my heart with joy and my soul with peace. Hot as it is, I wish I was there right now.

I'm a travel writer and recently visited Mesa Verde National Park. Writing about it to tell the story of the ancient people who built these amazing cliff dwellings is the kind of thing I love to do. The biggest lesson I took from this visit was how these…

My sister and best friend (pictured) was my travelling partner seeing over 25 national parks in just 10 years. Dying suddenly, I am so happy we had so much fun and I have so much to remember about the trails we hiked, the animals we made friends with, t…

Mount Rushmore National Memorial was totally worth visiting! The views were great and the presidents' heads were amazing!! Hope I can visit this awesome place again!

My family decided to go on vacation together for the first time in a long time, and in the end we decided to go to Glacier National Park. My parents had gone many years ago and wanted me to have a chance to experience the Park, as they feared the glacier…

I was traveling in the area on business and decided to take "the long way" (through Rocky Mountain National Park) to my next stop. It was just what I needed during a stressful work trip. The beautiful scenery and mountains soothed my soul. As I drove bac…

I am a Virginia resident who lives overseas for my work. When I am away, no matter how long or how short a time, what I miss the most and long for are not the crowded commercial spaces, or the busy cities, not even the convenience of enterprise and innov…

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Crater Lake was my home for two summers while I was in college, in 1964 and 1965. Now I mostly just see it from a plane window when traveling from Maine out to Portland--when I do, even from 32,000 feet up, I begin to cry.

This is Ellen S. Faith. She was never happier during our 45 years of marriage than when we were visiting a National Park. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, we created The National Park-off, a humorous challenge to our friends. The obj…

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We have made 2 trips to Yellowstone Park, each with its own unique experiences. Out 2nd trip was strictly in the northern end of the park, where it was less crowded. Driving through Lamar Valley during dusk was the best. We saw hundreds of bison! The…

Morning Ride By Tonya McQuade, July 19, 2017 As I climbed on to the saddle, I felt my heart flutter With eager anticipation. A morning ride on horseback Through the Grand Tetons Was definitely something I had been looking forward to, And now, on this b…

In memory of my beloved husband, Richard J. Rohde, with whom I visited so many national parks during our 45 years together. His deepest love (pardon the pun) was the Grand Canyon, followed closely by Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Arches, Zion, and Bryce. …

Acadia National Park was the first park I ever visited. I saw trails that were carved for horse and buggies. I saw amazing views of the mountains and sea. I visited Everglades National Park and was amazed at how diverse things were. I visited Yosemite …

Every park has a story. We were expecting a story about Joshua trees and other desert life. We were pleasantly surprised by the story of the prospector's seeking their wealth in the park and also the geology of the park and convergence of the Sonoran and…

was 2002, my wife and I(pictured) traveled through Utah, visiting many National Parks. Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Arches, and others. Camping in these parks was terrific, as well as hiking. Such beauty it takes your breath away. These are sanctuaries fo…

My husband and I have had the pleasure of visiting a majority of the US National Parks over the years. What an amazing place, each and every one of them. We currently reside in E TN and owned a house in Gatlinburg. We sold the house before the wildfire a…

About a year ago, we started hiking in the park and it has opened our minds and hearts so much. Something about being alone with your thoughts in the park makes you come out refreshed - body, mind and soul. Hiking these trails has helped us release the s…

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My first experience with Acadia -- September 2012. We camped at Blackwoods. By the time we set up the RV, settled in and ate supper it was dark. My sister said we had to go to "The Rocks" I wasn't too sure about rocks in the dark, but trusted and walked …

This museum house near the U.S. Capitol reminds us of the savvy organizing and courageous demonstrations waged by suffragettes to achieve voting rights for women. The slogans on the banners displayed throughout the house hold true today.

Visiting Ruby Beach last week on a 10 day National Park trip that took us to Olympic, North Cascades and Mount Ranier National Parks. These were 21, 22 and 23 marked off of our National Park bucket list!!! Almost half way to visiting all of the parks...t…

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