Category: National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

The Great Sand Dunes in Colorado have been on my bucket list for a long time.  These dunes are the tallest in North America, rising to about 750 feet, and were formed more than 400K years ago.  To read more about how the dunes formed […]

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

We arrived into Colorado via Wyoming, and it was a beautiful drive.  This was another new state for the boys to visit, and it had been a long time since I had been to Colorado. We visited Rocky Mountain National Park on Memorial Day weekend which […]

How to Homeschool With Our National & State Parks

How to Homeschool With Our National & State Parks

We have found some wonderful resources that we use regularly to enhance our homeschool, but my very favorite resource is our National and State Parks.  What better learning experience can you imagine than seeing, feeling, and experiencing the National Parks first-hand? When we first left on our […]

Camp Verde, Arizona

Camp Verde, Arizona

While staying in Camp Verde, Arizona, near to Sedona, we found a few attractions to visit for free (with a National Parks Pass!) Montezuma Castle National Monument From Camp Verde, Montezuma Castle was a quick and easy drive.  A short walkway led to the pueblo cliffside castle, […]

Grand Canyon National Park & Extreme Flagstaff, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park & Extreme Flagstaff, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park This was our first visit as a family to the Grand Canyon.  The boys were both really looking forward to seeing it, and we had been reading and re-reading a book about it weeks before we had arrived.  It just so […]

Theodore Roosevelt National Park & Medora, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park & Medora, North Dakota

On our return trip to Chicago, our visit to North Dakota was monumental to us because this was a brand new state for all four of us to visit. Our stopping point was Medora, where we stayed for a week.  It was here that we […]

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park was high on our list of must-visit places.  As we were traveling in central California, we met some nice people who were long time residents, and gave us some great advice about visiting Yosemite.  We took their advice and visited on a […]

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

After visiting Bryce Canyon National Park, we made our way back to Springdale, Utah, where we stayed for the week, down the street from Zion National Park’s entrance.  I must admit that we were very surprised at the crowds for October.  The weather was in […]

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, located in southern Utah, was a side trip for us from our week long spot in Zion National Park.  We drove the two and a half hour route, through the “tunnel” in Zion, and spent one night in a hotel right […]

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone was one of the places that I could not wait to visit, and it did not disappoint!  We spent 3 separate days exploring, and still did not get to see everything.   For some reason, I pictured Yellowstone as a relatively flat area, with intermittent […]

Grand Views in Glacier National Park, Montana

Grand Views in Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park was breathtaking.  We stayed on the east side of Glacier in the town of St. Mary, which was a great jumping off point for the Going to the Sun Road.  We were just minutes from the east entrance and Visitor’s Center while […]

Little Bighorn National Monument, Montana

Little Bighorn National Monument, Montana

As we crossed into Montana, I could not resist the urge to stop at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Crow Agency, site of General Custer’s Last Stand.  In college, I took a Native American Literature class, and after reading the accounts of history […]

A Hike Around Devils Tower, Wyoming

A Hike Around Devils Tower, Wyoming

From Rapid City, we took a day trip to Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, a sight you may recognize from the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The drive was gorgeous, and we were surprised at the beautiful red rocks surrounding the area.  […]

Mount Rushmore National Monument, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Monument, South Dakota

While in the Rapid City area, we spent a day at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.  Within that one day, we were blessed with cloudy skies, rain, hail, and then sunshine.  It felt just like being at home in Chicago. We were fortunate enough to […]

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Driving through western South Dakota is very pretty, but as we approached the entrance to the Badlands National Park, it was such a spectacular sight to see the large, jagged “hills” rising from the Plains, seemingly out of nowhere. This was our first National Park […]