National Parks turn 100. Go. Discover.

The national park system turns 100 today!!

We’ve traveled a lot in the last calendar year. How much?

This much:

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Custer State Park

Badlands National Park

Glacier National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Tetons National Park

Saguaro National Park

So when people ask me if we’ve traveled this past summer I respond with an enthusiastic HELL NO.

The bulk of those were done during my husband’s 11 week sabbatical in a 3 week road trip which is a totally different post because OMG WE SURVIVED 5 THOUSAND MILES IN A CAR TOGETHER.


When my husband and I were planning on our travel agenda, many options came across the board both here and oversees. Ultimately, we both agreed there was so much we hadn’t seen in our own country. I started sewing our set of 4 American flag shirts and off we went!

You’ll notice a lot of national parks on that list and I’m here to tell you, they live up to their hype. While I am not a photographer by any means, these parks make it hard to not get a great shot. Maybe these will inspire you to get out and #FindYourPark.

You’ll never regret a road trip that ends in views like this.

Though these are my pictures, I highly recommend you follow these accounts on Instagram. You won’t regret such beauty in your stream.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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 Badlands National Park

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Glacier National Park– Our favorite. You must visit this in your lifetime if you get a chance. It was magical.

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Yellowstone National Park

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Grand Teton National Park

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Husband and I were out looking at this barn and I get a text from our son who is in the car. “Mom, there’s buffalo running down the road” WHAT?? We run to the car just in time. They came out of no where and were large and in charge.

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Saguaro National Park

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I tell the kids “So, cross that stream and then climb the rocks until you can sit on that big one. And watch out for snakes and spiders!” #BestParent

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Ready for a road trip?

I found this link to pre-planned national park trips. 

So get out there and find your park! We can’t wait to find more.




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