My RV Travels Bucket List – National Parks

Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest

Roads Already Traveled

I’ve done a fair amount of traveling in my life. Via vacations and business trips I’ve been to New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, Mexico, Toronto, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Ozarks, the Florida Keys (and most of Florida), Upstate New York, New Orleans, the Shenandoah Valley and National Park, every Civil War battlefield east of the Mississippi, and many, many, beaches. I will likely add many of these places to my RV travels bucket list to visit again but, for the purposes of this list, I am focusing on national parks. I’m sure we will visit Washington, D.C. again, as that is definitely a must for the grandchildren.

The Roads Less Traveled

I haven’t been to that many national parks – not for more than a drive-thru, if at all. So there’s plenty left to see out there – plenty of gorgeous places to add to my RV travels bucket list. But more importantly, I’ll have time to actually take in these amazing places and experience them fully – not just drive through.

The bucket list could become extensive! Here I’ve broken it down into regions to make it a bit more manageable. For now, these are my “must see’s.”

  • Acadia National Park
  • White Mountain National Park
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Shennandoah National Park
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
  • Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail (Headquarters)
  • Badlands National Park
  • Mount Rushmore National Park
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Denali National Park
  • Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
  • Redwood National and State Parks
  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park (#1 must see)
  • Grand Teton National Park (#2 must see)
  • Sitka National Historical Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park

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    Grand Canyon at sunset
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yosemite National Park

As you can see, I haven’t spent much time in the northwest or southwest, a situation I hope to rectify during my upcoming full-time RV life and travels. My goal is to check these places off my RV travels bucket list, but also to spend time in gorgeous places and truly enjoy them and the experience. I’m sure others will be added along the way.

Since my grandchildren will be homeschooled during our travels, I will be adding more educational and historic sites. I came across a free pass program for fourth graders today. It allows fourth graders, and all children in their party under sixteen, and up to three adults into many national parks and recreation areas for free! What could be better! Learn more at I know we will use this program!

Did I miss a “must see?” Have you been to a park that I should add to my list? Let me know!

Safe travels.


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