How Many of the Midwest’s National Parks Have You Visited? [PHOTOS]
The Midwest can be a very beautiful place!
According to an article from Travel & Leisure, America's National Park System has 425 national park sites, but only 63 of them have the "National Park" designation in their names. The National Park Service website lists a total of eight national parks here in the Midwest. Other sites include "preserves, monuments, historic parks, heritage areas, trails, rivers, and more." Here are the eight parks, plus a few lakeshores and preserves that show off the Midwest's beauty:
- Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
- Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana
- Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
- Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri
- Badlands National Park, South Dakota
- Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
- Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
I believe the only place on this list that I've been to is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. I attended a summer camp in Michigan's Upper Peninsula for many years, and I remember our day trip there vividly. My brother's camp got to spend a week on Isle Royale, which is even cooler!
This summer I will be visiting Badlands National Park in South Dakota for the first time with my family, and I could not be more excited. And even though it's not in the Midwest, I'll also be taking a trip to Arizona in February to see the Grand Canyon for the first time. I can't wait to see it!
Which of these national parks, preserves, and lakeshores have you been to before? Let us know and send us your photos using the station app!
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