Ok, it’s time to let you know how we rated the 44 National Parks that we’ve visited to date.
Our goal for this adventure was to visit all the National Parks in the lower 48 states that we had not yet visited. We didn’t quite hit that goal, however, we did get to 37 more parks in the past seven months.
As this can get a bit complicated, let’s use the chart below to clarify (I hope) what we have accomplished so far:
As you can see, there are a total of 47 parks located in the lower 48, 5 of which we had visited prior to this trip. We got to 37 more during our 15,000 mile RV Adventure that began on April 1, 2017. That leaves us only 5 more parks in the contiguous U.S. to explore, hopefully by the end of next year.
Then, there are the ten parks we have not yet visited that are spread across Alaska, American Samoa, Hawaii and the US Virgin Islands. It may take a little longer to get to all of these places (and it may require that we win the lottery, too!). We will see.
Surely, rating which parks you like best is a subjective endeavor. We’ve attempted to provide some balance by including our individual assessments as well as a simple weighted average which we used to generate the prioritized list below of all the parks we’ve visited so far. We think this will show you that, at a minimum, Siobhan and I agreed on the relative placement of at least the top seven parks. Here are our Top Ten:
And, without further ado, here is the entire list for your viewing pleasure:
We hope this list may provide some guidance should you one day decide to visit any of the National Parks in this incredible county of ours!