I've always wanted to visit our national parks and I've been to a few before.
The Badlands, in South Dakota, for one. I've also been to Niagara Falls and Mount Rushmore National Monument but was rather unimpressed with both of them. At both locations I got out and said "I thought it would be bigger," (insert "that's what she said" joke here).
But, this week, I visited Mount Rainier National Park, not once but twice in since I moved to Seattle three years ago. And I also took the opportunity to drive through Gifford Pinchot National forest as I made my way down to Hood River, OR yesterday. And I have to say, these are, hands down, some of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
So, first of all, thank you National Parks Service. Thanks for taking care of the great landscape that makes up our country.
Secondly, if you live in or around Seattle, you have to visit these parks. With only a two to three hour drive in between you and this scenery, it's hard to say no.
I mean, are you looking at this?
There are hundreds of miles to be explored and I've only covered a small portion of it. So what's the hold up? Get exploring!
If you're ahead of the game, what's your favorite US National Park? I still have a lot of ground (and now ocean) to cover.