We love exploring the National Parks and all of the other amazing places in the National Park System. There are hundreds of National Monuments and sites to enjoy. We share details about all of the ones we have visited to make your visit a little easier.

Klondike Gold Rush | Seattle

We love the national historical sites almost as much as we love national monuments and national parks. So on a recent trip to Seattle, we made a trip to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, which is right is right downtown. We found this site to be fun and very…

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Mendenhall Glacier | Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier is a national site overseen by the US Forest Service just outside Juneau, Alaska. Since there are no roads to Juneau (no, not even a shabby dirt road), this venue can only be visited by ship or plane. We visited while on a cruise stopover in Juneau. If you…

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Never Sink Trail | Curecanti

Never Sink Trail is a short hike at the far east end of Curecanti National Recreation Area. This hike is flat and shady and provides a lot of opportunity to see wildlife. The hike goes out and back with no clear endpoint, so the distance is variable up to about 2…

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Mesa Creek Trail | Curecanti

Mesa Creek Trail is a short, beautiful trail in Curecanti National Recreation Area. We loved this trail because it borders right on Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. If you went to the park and were disappointed that it was so difficult to get down to the waters edge, then…

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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is located just outside Alamosa, Colorado. This wildlife refuge has a driving tour and you can see many birds along the marshlands. We visited in August, and the mosquitoes were bad, but we still enjoyed a short hike that only ran about a quarter mile. There…

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Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

We love birding. Whenever we take a roadtrip, we make it a point to look at a map to see if there any National Wildlife Refuges in the area available to visit. On a trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park, we noted two of them: Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, and…

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