Travel to America’s National Parks – Episode 121

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Yellowstone National Park

The Amateur Traveler talks to Erik Smith about his quest to see all of the National Parks in the lower 48 states of the United States. Learn about big parks like Yellowstone and Glacier, remote ones like Dry Tortugas, small ones like William Howard Taft’s home, and even underwater national parks.

There are currently 62 National Parks in the U.S. (see a list of U.S. National Parks by state).

Show Notes

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National Park Service Site
Erik’s National Park page (pictures)
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
Yellowstone National Park
Glacier National Park
Ben Franklin National Monument
Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone
Fort Larned National Historic Site
For Scott National Historic Site
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Crater Lake National Park
Arches National Park
Mesa Verde National Park
Hovenweep National Monument
Dry Tortugas National Park
Gettysburg National Military Park
A National Monument, Memorial, Park . . . What’s the Difference?
Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument)
Fort Caroline National Monument
Channel Islands National Park
Canyon de Chelley National Monument
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Jean Lafitte National Historic Park
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Seattle)
New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park
Haleakala National Park
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau
Manzanar National Historic Park
Death Valley National Park
Cedar Breaks National Park
Fort Bowie National Historic Park
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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

4 Responses to “Travel to America’s National Parks – Episode 121”

Dean Sandow


Chris, just a note to thank you for your podcasts. I am new to my iPod adn podcasts, and yours is one that I will definitely enjoy hearing on a regular basis. I enjoyed the national park episode, having visited many of the parks that your guest mentioned. I also enjoyed the episode on Maui from 2006, though I believe the biking down Haleakala has now been stopped. Thanks for the great work.

Dean Sandow, Scappoose, Oregon

Erik Smith


Hi Chris-

Just wanted to say thanks for having me on- I was real happy with how the interview sounded.
I wish I had mentioned both Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina and Minuteman Missle National Historic Site in South Dakota as two unique parks that I really enjoyed. I had them in my notes, along with many other parks, but how could I get to all of them?
Thanks again for the podcast. Erik Smith



i enjoyed this episode- a friend of mine has the same goal, so i forwarded to them! 🙂

Recreation Parks


I enjoyed the episode. I wish I were in his shoes. I really love the outdoors and going to parks

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