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Atlas Insider: Knitting the National Parks

August 21, 2022

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  • Congaree National Park

    • This is a tough one. Yosemite such unbridled splendor. Now I live near the Great Smokey Mts. Which are equally beautiful just different. Would love to see the New River park in WVA. What treasures we have in these parks.

      • Ouachita National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, anything with trees and water really

        • Hocking Hills in Ohio.

        • Denver. We were there many years ago The national park there had the little tiniest town -Lyons with a soda fountain shop. Made the most amazing Ice cream sodas.

        • Acadia. I hope to get to all of the national parks I haven’t yet been to. They’re such a treasure.

      • I grew up near Arches and we went there often (long ago, before it became so crowded) so it has a special place in my heart.

        • Rocky Mountain National Park

      • Denali National Park

        • So many favorites! Great Smoky Mountains, Acadia, Yellowstone and Glacier are all on my list. If I have to choose one I think it would be Glacier. Looking forward to visiting the Grand Canyon one day.

        • I love Glacier National Park!!

        • We were lucky enough to visit Denali when it “came out.” Stunning!

      • Glacier national park

        • Glacier is on my list!

      • Assateague

    • I’d have to say that Shenandoah National Park (spent our honeymoon there), Gettysburg and Denali. I know you asked for one, but who can choose?

      • Mount Rainier Nation Park is my definite favorite! But our North Cascades and Olympic National Patks are also gems not to miss!!

    • Denali and Yellowstone National Parks so far. (many more yet to visit!)

    • There are so many beautiful parks. Glacier National Park is my favorite, although there are several close 2nds.

    • Yellowstone

    • I love, love, love Acadia!

    • Me too! Congaree National Park in my beloved South Carolina!

    • The quiet unassuming Indiana Dunes And Lakeshore, home to a wide variety of native plants and species- who knew carnivorous plants were indigenous to those Sandy beaches – on the shores of Great Lake Michigan. Take your knitting and sit awhile – get inspired and then get you toes wet.

    • Yosemite

    • Since I’m staying close to home, Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, San Diego, California, 5 mi from my home, is my go-to now.

  • Historic Jamestown

  • Saguaro National Park

    • Kenia Fjords National Park. I’m lucky enough to live within driving distance of access to this treasure

      • Great Smokey Mountains NP

        • Of my goodness I can’t choose just 1. Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon are my favorite West Coast parks. Each has something special to give us.

    • They are all so spectacular so I will go with the most recent park visited – Organ Pipe National Park.

  • A mini-National Parks tour just escaped our grasp a few years ago due to an unprecedented giant snowstorm. So I can’t mention which is my favorite Park through actual experience but have always wanted to go to Yosemite, which I think I read is now in peril because of the fires.

    • Letchworth State Park or Watkins Glen State Park both in New York State.

      • I was fortunate to visit many National Parks as a child on summer camping trips in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. I remember Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and Grand Canyon when there were hardly any other visitors. I loved them all.

    • Upper Delaware Scenic park

  • One of the newest, Indiana Dunes National Park

  • Yosemite

    • Easy peasy! I’m a licensed battlefield guide here at Gettysburg National Military Park. The park is always beautiful and oh so poignant. Come visit!

      • I loved visiting Gettysburg when I lived for a spell in Virginia! But I spent a summer in college working in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite, and those grand trees are just magnificent! Yosemite in the off season has always been a favorite.
        Another favorite from my college days is Point Reyes National Seashore, also in California, my home state. Parks I most want to see include Yellowstone and Arches. And we made an overnight visit to Denali once, and never saw the mountain – it was covered in clouds. A return (and longer) visit is also on my wish list.

  • Crater Laker National Park, Oregon

    • Arches National Park, Bryce, Zion, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain. So grateful for our National Parks!

  • My favorite national park in the US is Yosemite.

    • Grand Canyon

  • I’m from the UK, but I’ve visited the US a few times and it’s so hard to choose! You have so many amazing parks and I’ve only been to a few states.
    I think my favourite is Yosemite, closely followed by Death Valley and the Grand Canyon.

    This book looks amazing! Can’t wait to read it

  • Pine Grove Furnace State Park (PA) where the Appalachian Trail cuts through.

    • Oh! We used to go there, from State College, when we were in grad school at PSU back in the 80’s. BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain, NY.

    Our family (which eventually grew to 11!) spent many a summer vacation camping there and when we were older (~8-11) my Dad would take two of us at a time on overnight hikes. Great big memories. Thank you DG and MDK.

  • Acadia is beautiful and I’d love to go back some day

  • I have two NPS favorites – Death Valley ( salt flats ) and Bryce Canyon ( hoodoos )

  • The Grand Canyon. I still remember my first sight of it over 50 years ago. It took my breath away then and still does.

    • Death Valley or Joshua Tree

    • I can’t choose just one! I’d say Volacnoes National Park on the Big Island because I’ve been there with my husband and adult children and Crater Lake NP because I went there as a child with my parents.

  • Acadia National Park. Especially on 12/31 when you can watch the new year start.

  • The Everglades

  • Saratoga National Historical Park my bestie, because I know it so well. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park my favorite, those trees will make a hugger out of anyone.

    • Yesssss!!! Amazing trees!

  • Great Smokey Mountains!

  • So many choices- but I’m going with the Grand Canyon, as it literally took my breath away.

  • Glacier & Yosemite

  • My favourite national park is Banff National Park in Canada. Peyto lake is a surreal electric blue, surrounded by snowcapped mountains. The park takes hours to drive and is a great place to knit!

    • Yoho is pretty spectacular too!

    • That chain of parks is so beautiful! And very good for stocking stitch!

    • Love Glacier. Yosemite is wonderful too.

  • Isle Royale in Lake Superior!!

  • Glacier National Park. It’s beautiful, especially slightly off season when I wasn’t too crowded.

  • Capital Reef National Park is a gem!

  • Two favorite state parks: Pocahontas SP in VA and Hickory Run SP in PA

  • Glacier NP

  • Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Acadia National Park

  • Acadia National Park!

  • Rocky Mountain National park

    • Too many to pick one easily but I will: Glacier. It is incredible with the natural beauty and wildlife.

  • The Great Smokey Mountains National Park. It feels like this spot is part of our family’s very soul. An annual pilgrimage to hike in the mountains is essential to our wellbeing and has become “just who we are and what we do.” Four generations of our family have been going there for over 70 years! It started with my husband’s grandparents and now we take our sons. We are all about the mountains and the trees!

  • Denali National Park and Preserve

  • Yellowstone.

  • Every National Park that I have visited has been wonderful. I think that Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon are my favorites.

  • How to pick just one…. Acadia National Park ties with Yellowstone, followed closely by Olympic NP.

  • I can’t pick, Yellowstone and volcanoes NPs.

  • Grand Canyon! It is beautiful and should be on everyone’s bucket list.

  • Oh my goodness, I could never pick! But Death Valley is sure up there. The quiet, the solitude, the -Surprise-waterfalls. You all give me lots of wanderlust to explore yours too!
    Oh, and I have a few of the patterns but didn’t know there was a book. Heading to find a copy now!

  • We’ve had the ability to experience so many of our glorious national parks, but Glacier always is the first one that comes to my mind. I watched the mountains rise from the mist as I sipped my coffee.

  • Yellowstone! It is where I spent my honeymoon! ❤️

  • Glacier Park has amazing night skies and the justifiably famous Going-To-The-Sun Road.

    • That was an awesome drive!

  • I love every one I’ve had the privilege to visit. The first that popped into my head when I was reading this was Zion.

  • Glacier

  • Hawaii Volcanoes Natl Park and Acadia are my two faves.

  • Great Smokey Mountains

  • Yellowstone, now so crowded with visitors. Perrot State Park (WI) with bluff views of the Mississippi river.

  • The Smokey Mtns NP was my playground growing up:-)

  • Loved Acadia. Would love to see them all.

  • Bryce Canyon.

  • Mount Battie State Park, across the bay from Acadia. Great views of the mountains, Harbor towns, and the trees during fall.

    • I worked at Mt Battie in 1980. You are so right! Oh, the views!!!

  • Hard to choose but since I’m on the East Coast I’ll say Acadia.

  • Aren’t we lucky to have all the national parks? My favorite still is Yellowstone.
    It restores my soul.

    • Yes, that’s the perfect sentiment! We are so lucky to have access to all the wonderful National and state parks.

  • Yosemite (and Acadia is a close second)!

  • Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

    • I agree with Kelly B.!

    • It is an awesome place! My brother is a guide there and just loves it.

      • Haven’t actually been to many…so Sandy Hook National Seashore in NJ has to be my honest answer. One day…

  • I do love the Great Smokey Mountains, however now that I am retired, Acadia and Yellowstone are going to be future destinations.

  • Custer State Park- South Dakota

  • How can I possibly choose just one?
    Yellowstone NP holds a special place in my heart due to a family connection and memories. I lived most of my life in PA and now live in ME. Many special moments involve state and national parks all across the country, each with their own kind of beauty, history, and charm.

  • Acadia Naional Park has my heart. Hiking there, especially if the fall , when crowds have gone and trees are displaying a fashion show of spectacular colors, takes my breath away. Walking up and down rocky hills, in and out of forest-y hideaways, sudden reveals of the ocean and beaches (perfect for finding beach glass and all sizes of sea shells as souvenirs)….Breathtaking and soul reviving!

  • Buck Island was probably the most unique. But Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon are pretty special too!

  • Bryce Canyon National park with beautiful colors of terra cotta, tan and cream. The sunsets and sunrises were just spectacular! And Hoodoos are fun to imagine as your friends and family!

  • Grand Teton National Park is my favorite!

  • Acadia…Maine in general is not to be missed.

  • This is sort of cheating because it wasn’t a state park when I was growing up in Ocala, but Silver Springs in Florida is high on my list. We went there all the time when I was a kid and it seemed magical, part jungle and part ‘Old Florida’ – the Florida that was still there in the 50s, the Florida of “Cross Creek,” the Florida I wondered why anyone ever explored it, that took me back to prehistory, that left me in awe of the Native Americans who first lived there

  • Hands down our favorite National Park is Glacier National Park in Montana. We’ve been there twice and love it more each time. We try to visit NP when we’re on vacation, so we’ve visited many of them and they all have something to enjoy, but GNP is particularly spectacular.

  • I have so many still on my list to visit. Of the ones I’ve visited already it has to be Joshua Tree!

  • Yosemite, hands down.

  • Does the UK count? Because I’m currently in the lake district national park but I reckon the peak district might be an equal favourite.

  • Glacier

  • Although I love the majestic beauty of Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Acadia, my heart belongs to Assateauge Island on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where the wild horses run free along pristine ocean beaches.

    • Me, too!

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!

  • Cobscook State Park in Maine

  • I love Custer State Park in SD. I will forever remember cresting a hill to see hundreds of Bison on the plains below.

  • My favorite National Park is Acadia National Park in Maine. It has beautiful views of our Maine rock-bound coast and historic carriage roads and Cadillac Mountain.

  • I found driving through the Badlands absolutely fascinating on a cross country trip.

  • Zion

  • There are too many to pick just one! You can’t beat Yellowstone, but Mesa Verde has a special place in my heart. We took our kids there many years ago and all had so much fun! Bryce Canyon is spectacular as well!

  • Grand Canyon takes my breathe away…so spiritual

  • Glacier National Park.

  • Acadia National Park. Have spent so much time there over the years, I named one of my Dalmatians after the park. Her name was Karefree Acadia Sieur De Mont, Acadia for short.

  • My favorite National Park is Glacier. But I do have some very close seconds, The Great Smokey Mountains, The Great Tetons or is it Grand Tetons?

  • Acadia

  • Yellowstone and/or Grand Canyon. Let’s face it it like chips can’t have just one. Lol

    • Acadia and Great Smoky Mountain

  • Glacier National Park. Stunning!

  • Well, the Grand Canyon, no Mesa Verde, but then again I love our annual trip to Acadia…..

  • I love how bio-diverse Yelliwstone is.

  • Yosemite. Where my niece was married 5 years ago.

  • I’ve only been to about 6 so far but Yosemite is my favorite. The site of Halfdome and El Capitan from the meadow in the early morning light takes your breath away

  • Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan’s UP. It’s beautiful and smells so fresh. It also has moose though I haven’t spotted one!

    • Haleakala on Maui …spectacular views and an amazing spot to watch the sunrise! Bring your hand knit shawl or blanket it’s cold.

  • Grand canyon or Yosemite would be my choice

  • Yellowstone.

  • Hawai’i National Volcano Park is amazing and definitely a must see! . They have cabins where one cam snuggle up with a great knitting project and enjoy the night sky.

  • Yosemite is my favorite. I have many fond memories of trips there with my husband.

  • I love Yosemite! But I’ll take any national park!

  • It has to be Acadia!
    Love your posts, DG!

  • My favorite state park is definitely Terry Andrae.

  • I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting this park, Acadia National Park in Maine is on my list!

  • Acadia

  • Mesa Verde!

  • I love Shenandoah. But I will be visiting my son and daughter in law in Utah this fall.. Can’t wait to see more of the parks.

  • All of them? But in all honesty I love Acadia National Park in Maine. Rugged beaches and sea air… epitome of New England for me.

  • Acadia in Maine

  • Indiana Dunes on beautiful Lake Michigan

  • I would have said Acadia until I went to the Great Smokie Mountains this summer! Wow! Incredible!

    • Oops autocorrect! Great Smoky Mountains!

    • I have wonderful memories of a family trip to Yosemite when I was a girl and yet more of taking my own children to Watkins Glen State Parking New York. Public parks are such a treasure! I hope to get to many more!

  • I really like Pokagon State Park in Indiana.

  • Fundy National Park in New Brunswick,

  • Acadia in Maine.

  • Out of the ones I’ve seen Grand Canyon was the most spectacular

  • Yellowstone!!

  • Yellowstone!

  • My favorites State Park is Lehigh Gorge State Park in PA.

  • I love Yellowstone even if it is crowded. It is like landing on another planet!

  • Rocky Mountain National Park!

  • Grand Tetons, for sure! Such magesty! But, then again, there’s Arches Nat’l Park – totally stunning! Yet again the Grand Canyon, or Acadia, or the Great Smokies, or Denali, or Volcanos, or and or and or! No way to choose! How fortunate we are that previous generations saw the value on preserving these stunning areas.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • I grew up near the Blue Ridge Parkway (https://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm) and I miss that so much. Growing up we often took rides up there and picnicked at some of the overlooks or areas like Mabry Mill.

  • I love so many but my top three are Yosemite, Grand Tetons and Glacier!

  • What a brilliant idea for a book,and endless exploration of different hats!
    I would have to choose Grand Canyon for a million reasons,

  • Shenandoah

  • I’ve recently moved east to Middle Tennessee which has afforded me the opportunity to visit the Smokies and Mammoth Cave, but my two favorites still have to be Mesa Verde and Big Bend.

    Mesa Veede was the first park I can remember visiting and would love to go back to see how my memories have held up over the years. But I was in awe of Big Bend when we visited in 2019. Depending on the cloud cover, the time of day and the directions you looked it was a different scene each time. So vast and beautiful. Can’t wait to go back!

  • I’ve only been to a few, but they’ve been amazing… Glacier and Acadia.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park-I’ve spent many days hiking there,from UT field trips to a March honeymoon hike to weekends hiking in all seasons.

  • Acadia National Park in Maine and John Muir in California, but I never saw a park I didn’t love!

  • Born and raised in San Francisco, I’m native Californian… and living and raising my children on the California coast in a small town called Half Moon Bay… There are several beautiful National Parks in California that come to mind. Nothing hold a candle though to Yosemite National Park.

  • Acadia, by far! – the ocean, the cliffs, the mountains, the trails, the wildlife. I just love it there!

  • Yellowstone National Park

  • Anza Borrego state park in California.

  • Mesa Verde!

  • Acadia and the Grand Canyon are the ones I have visited and enjoyed.

  • Yellowstone

  • They are all beautiful but the Grand Canyon still sticks with me the most.

  • Yosemite! We honeymooned there & I can’t wait to go back someday soon.

  • Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. First saw it as a young teen and thought it the most beautiful place I’d ever seen; fifty+ years later, still love to visit, still delighted by the beauty.

  • Yellowstone – There are so many interesting natural and geological things to see here that make it hard to compare any other national park. I had the opportunity to work at YNP after college and it will forever be my favorite. Let it be known I polished the entire Old Lodge structure for a Presidential visit and he didn’t even come inside to inspect “my” work!! Old Faithful stole my thunder.

  • Acadia and Yellowstone

  • The Great Smokey Mountains have always been a favorite.

  • Really an impossible choice, but I’ll go for Glacier. Can’t wait to go back!

  • Glacier National Park

  • Favorite national or state park is a bit tricky: perhaps Yosemite, where my family and I had a wonderful vacation when I was a teenager. My county has a wonderful collection of land conservatories, though, and my husband and I are working our way through all of those. I have a definite favorite for that one!

  • Now this was an easy one for me – I just loved Yellowstone!! Bisons tying up traffic, a pack of wolves leaving my husband speechless as he had his morning smoke, hoping each day to see a moose up close, endless beauty at every turn………..

  • My most visited is Great Falls because its close by, but the variety of beautiful sights makes Yellowstone my favorite. (Of those we’ve visited so far. We have a lot more to visit.)

  • My favorite would be beautiful Acadia, with a cousin in Bar Harbor and surrounded by Maine!

  • Grand Canyon! Hermit trail down to the Colorado River.

  • Crater Lake, and this summer I finally checked Mesa Verde off of my bucket list, and all I can say is, Magnificent! What a piece of history!

  • Buckhorn lake state park in perry county Ky. Currently home to hundreds of flood victims from southeastern Ky July flood victims.

  • Oh, White Sands. Sledding without snow!

  • The Great Smoky Mountains. My family spent many summers exploring the Tennessee – North Carolina area.

  • I love Glacier National Park!

  • It is hard to answer: Grand Canyon, Shenandoah and Yosemite

  • I love Arches. The beauty of the formations especially against a blue sky is undescribable!

  • Rocky Mountain National park’

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes in our Mitten – I mean Michigan. 😉

  • Acadia National Park, and a must is slices of fresh blueberry pie for breakfast!

  • Smoky Mountain National Park

  • Yosemite, there is so much gorgeousness there.

  • Assateague Island National Seashore

  • Yosemite is my favorite but I’d like to visit some of the parks in Utah like Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches…

  • I’ve not been to many National Parks. We visited the Badlands last year, and I very much want to go back! We have many beautiful state parks in WI, I love Pattison State Park with its many waterfalls and great trails along the river.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park is one of my favorites.

  • Eldorado Canyon State Park

  • How about Ranier? The wildflowers were gorgeous last week.

  • I’ve only been to the Everglades, but I’d love to visit the other national parks.

  • The Everglades in southern Florida….I am concerned about climate change and the impact it will have on the wildlife living there.

  • Cape Cod National seashore! I live nearby!

  • Yosemite. I got to see much more of its beauty since my husband was driving and we are from Chicago – where we don’t get much chance to learn to drive mountain roads!

  • Lake Clark in Alaska. Glacier. Grand Teton. Just back from a trip that included the Great Sand Dunes NP. And the nearby favorite Great Smoky NP.

  • Glacier or Weir Farm.

  • The Grand Canyon!!!

  • Bryce Canyon

  • Great idea!
    I visited Canada a few years ago and they were celebrating 150 years of their park system.
    A yarn was created for each of the Providences. They were beautiful!

    There’s an IDEA for some ambitious fiber creator , a yarn for each major National Park!!

  • My favorite, favorite is Glacier National Park! But I can’t think of one that I don’t like

  • My favorite park is Glacier. They all are amazing in their own way.

  • Have been to many but Glacier National park has a special place in my heart.

  • Definitely Mammoth Cave National Park

  • Lake Taghkanic State Park in NY

  • I have been to many of the national parks, but Yellowstone stands out

  • My favorites are Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks because they’re home, even though I’ve been on the east coast 18 years. Headed to Acadia for the first time on Wednesday!

  • Has to be Rocky Mountain National Park

  • I didn’t list my own in the piece, but my answer is Great Basin National Park in Nevada. It’s got a little bit of everything – alpine lakes, caverns, bristlecone pines, wide desert views, craggy mountain hikes…even a tiny glacier (in Nevada!) – and it’s almost completely people-free. Of the 61 official National Parks, it’s the 54th most visited, so your chances of running into a crowd is slim to none.

    • Yes! Ditto Grand Staircase… an idea more than a monument

  • I am totally biased. My favorite park is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, just 3 miles from my home. Year round, we go there to hike the trails on the hills that surround the valley created by the Cuyahoga River in northeast Ohio. There are the Cuyahoga Valley Railway, farms that lease land from the park, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and programs run by the park authority. I have read that it is the most visited national park. It is certainly most visited by me.

  • I’m fortunate enough to live near a few state parks like Minnewaska and Bear Mountain plus a very favorite state park I believe the only one with no trees or grass The Walkway Over the Hudson if you’ve never been you should go.

  • I am lucky enough to live between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone, so having to choose one is difficult. I would pick Glacier as it is becoming different than it previously was due to climate change. The iconic glaciers of my youth are almost gone now.
    The beauty of the all the parks prevail as they change. I never miss a chance to see any of the parks!

  • The favorite that I have visited is Sequoia National Park. It was some time back before a lot of the wildfires. Well worth the drive to see and experience that primeval type woodland.

  • New River Gorge

  • The Utah big 5 are amazing, linked too by Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument and a stone’s throw from the north rim of the Grand Canyon. An entire geological wonder worth a lifetime of exploration… although I spend most of my free time in France these days !

  • As a kid Great Smokey Mountains, as an adult I have yet to discover my favorite.

  • Zion, Arches, Canyon Land how can anyone just pick one. Bridges in New Mexico is nice also

  • I’ve loved all the National Parks we’ve been to and have so many yet to get to! My favorite is Assateauge. We go every year to see the ponies.

  • Appalachian

  • Acadia! Long, easy to moderate hikes perfect for humans and canines together and great carriage trails for biking when the pooch isn’t with us.

  • My brother has been trying to retire from law enforcement since January of 2020. His plan was to pack the camper and hit the road and photograph whatever interests him in the national parks. We all know what happened that year and he’s still waiting to resolve two, count em 2, court cases. He’s hoping to hit road by mid-October of this year, starting in Acadia in ME on the East Coast. I’ve already made him an afghan for his trip but a hat for the different parks on his list coulde be fun.

    • Many thanks and best wishes for your brother! Our law enforcement heroes are so under-appreciated these days. May he have a wonderful retirement and find all his own favorite special places!

  • Yellowstone!

  • Saguaro national park is uniquely beautiful and a site to behold at different times of year.

  • Big Bend National Park.

  • Colorado National Monument

  • Devil’s lake in WI

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • So difficult to choose because there is so much natural beauty in our country. Today I choose Glacier!

  • Yellowstone!

  • Zion. It suited my one-year-old daughter with squirrels and crows holding court on the main lawn. Eight years later, my 68-year-old mother with the artificial hip hiked the Virgin River. Trail rides, hanging gardens, and desert—best park ever.

  • Out of the parks I’ve actually visited? Great Smokies was beautiful. I have a driving through there in a blizzard that seemed to come out of nowhere story from the mid 90s…

  • Yosemite!

  • My favorites are Glacier and Yellowstone. I have lived close to them and would go multiple times a year. Always fun to get to know them in every season. Now I am learning all about Theodore Roosevelt in North Dakota. They each have a beauty all their own!

    • They are both on my list! <3

  • I love Zion, Valley Forge and Gettysburg

  • Lady Bird Johnson Redwood Grove in California.

  • Crater Lake, Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, Grand Canyon. Which is my favorite? How to choose? Crater Lake is close. Grand Canyon is huge. Both of them put me in perspective as to my importance in the universe. Both of them are my favorite!

  • Really hard to choose, but since I did work at Jamestown National Park in graduate school, I pick that one.

  • Zion!

  • Arches National Park

  • Arches

  • Mount Rainier National Park!

  • Shenandoah National Park is my current favorite because it is within a 2 hour drive and reminds me of my childhood in Vermont. But Acadia is certainly on my bucket list to visit!

  • This is a hard one. My husband loves Yellowstone. While I feel the same way, my favorite is probably the Arches in Utah. Although, I can’t think of any we haven’t found spectacular, and we have probably visited at least 20, from California to Maine, including Alaska and Hawaii. I have pre-ordered the book, and I can’t wait to get it!

  • Grand Canyon

  • Mesa Verde

  • I love to visit the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park!

  • Green Mountain National Forest

  • Glacier. .. and Yosemite!

  • Rocky Mountain National Park. We visited last year and now it’s my number one recommendation. Also recommended: the Nevada Barr Anna Pigeon mystery series through the parks.

    • Yes! I love Nevada Barr’s mysteries. Her descriptions are so good… she brought back great memories of Lassen NP. And I once was on a trip driving through the forests of Mississippi, when I had a strong feeling I had been there before (I hadn’t). It was the Natchez Trace Parkway, site of one of Nevada Barr’s great stories, and I knew where I was before I actually knew where we were!

  • I spent my honeymoon in the Tetons but have more recently spent time in the Great Smoky Mountains and love both for different reasons.

  • Yellowstone National Park for the memories it have me and my husband, and Saguaro National Park West (there’s also an East) for being a gorgeous backdrop in my growing-up years.

  • Badlands

  • Glacier. It is soooo quiet you can easily hear the bears snuffing about.

  • Mt. Baker National Park, my husband and I love to snowshoe. He proposed to me during a snowshoe trail.

  • i had the wonderful experience of being snowed in yellowstone national park!! we live in absolutely beautiful country. so many parks…so little time…

  • They are all so beautiful, but I have to pick Haleakalā National Park.

  • Glacier National Park in Montana is….gobsmacking.

  • The Grand Canyon or maybe Yellowstone or maybe Zion or maybe Denali…
    It’s like picking a favorite yarn! So tough to choose.

  • My favorite park is Denali!! I am really looking forward to the release of the book. I have knit several of Nancy’s kits and really enjoyed the process and the finished project.

  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is a magical place. Closer to my current home William O’Brien State Park in Minnesota is a toned down version, along the beautiful St Croix National Wild and Scenic Riverway.

  • Gotta be the Grand Canyon!

  • So many! Glacier, Grand Teton, Yellowstone. All amazing!

  • Sandy Hook National seashore, NJ. Hands down! Ocean, beach, view of Manhattan, all at once.

  • I love Joshua Tree NP. It is so unique in the landscape and flora. And lucky me, I live close to this beautiful park.

  • Glacier National Park

  • Bryce, hands down. Otherworldly.

  • Prairie Creek, Redwoods in the Redwoods National Park.

  • My favorite national park is Acadia, and the park highest on my list of places to visit is Joshua Tree. We are so lucky to have so many beautiful wild places in the US, as well as those sites of historic significance.

  • North Cascades National Park, there is nothing like it!

  • Acadia holds my heart.

  • Goal is to visit them all! So far Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Acadia are my favorites.

  • Just visited Glacier National Park, and I think it’s my favorite – at least until I see more. Glorious vistas. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

  • I’ve always wanted to visit Grand Canyon National Park, so I guess that’s my fave.

  • Glacier! Headed there in two weeks!

  • Cool book! I love Zion National Park. There are so many different landscapes and vistas. It’s just stunning.

  • The Olympic Peninsula in Washington. It has is all – ocean, river rain forest and mountains.

  • As so many have written already, who can choose? That said, having lived in Tacoma WA with a view of the mountain, I’ll choose Mt. Rainier.

  • Yellowstone National Park – it’s an hours drive from where I live!

  • I love Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park in Colorado. Once on a sweltering June day we were treated to an afternoon snow storm. Truly refreshing!

  • How to choose. I guess I’d have to say Zion. But Acadia is a runner up

  • That would be a tough decision. I’m probably closest to Great Smoky, so either that or Yellowstone.

  • Tough to pick one! Live near Great Smokies now so get to visit often but loved visiting Yellowstone at different times of year.

  • Harris Beach State Park, in awesome Bandon OR. ❤

  • I love Glacier Nation Park. Can’t wait to visit Zion National Park.

  • My favorite national park is Shenandoah National Park

    • This is a fascinating read: all the well known parks, but so many I have never heard of. How blessed this nation is! Makes me want to go on a road trip (which won’t happen) but this book might be a consolation.

  • Yellowstone National Park

  • Great Smoky Mountains NP after a great week at Arrowmont in Gatlinberg. Incredibly beautiful forests and stream plus preserved original housing.

  • Everglades National Park or the Great Smoky Mountain National Park… or the Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Hawaii Volcano—probably the most amazing sight at night.

  • I think my favorite National Park is Yellowstone, but Glacier is on my bucket list. My most favorite state park is Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island in Washington. If you live nearby and haven’t visited it, go. Its diverse beaches are beautiful.

  • My husband proposed at Joshua Tree National Park and we got married in Virgin Island National Park! Knitted Wit does NPS inspired colorway so of course I have those – plus a few other too beautiful to pass up

  • Trip to Sequoia & King’s Canyon was one of our most memorable vacations.

  • Acadia will always be my favorite as I am a New England girl through and through.

  • Shenandoah National Park

  • Shenandoah National Park for me. My husband and I once spent a week tent camping in a state park nearby, and I’ll never forget seeing so many black bears while hiking in the National park.

  • Yellowstone & Grand Tetons

  • I’m originally from the East Coast so it’s Acadia but I look forward to visiting those on the west coast

  • My favorite National Park right now is Shenandoah National Park, mainly because it’s in my “backyard”. A close second is Rocky Mountain National Park, which was in my backyard in college. So beautiful!

  • How to choose just one?? I have so many favorites. For wildlife, it has to be Yellowstone. For hiking, Glacier NP. Forbidding landscape, Death Valley. Lush landscape, Smoky Mountains. Red rock, Arches and Capital Reef. Awe inspiring, Yosemite and Grand Canyon. I’d visit them all again and again if I could.

  • I’ve not been to any in America, but I loved seeing Niagara Falls when I was a kid!

  • So many great parks, but Zion holds a special place in my heart.

  • Grand Teton—I have knit 3 of these patterns already (I got them as kits from her) & have enjoyed each one! The book will be inspiring…

  • Yosemite National Park

  • Joshua Tree Nat’l Park.

  • Three-way tie for Favorite park: my mom’s family has lived within the mandated boundary of Acadia for generations, so that’s my home park. I did a lot of research in Rocky Mountain National Park, so that’s a favorite, too. And my favorite vacation destination is St. John in US Virgin Islands National Park!

  • I have so many still to visit but I love Yosemite and Mt Rainier!

  • Love Yosemite and Olympic National parks and would love to see Bryce canyon and Zion. Actually would want to visit them all!

  • While I’ve visited quite a many throughout the US, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is my absolute favorite.

  • The national parks with historic sites … such as The Ford Mansion (Washington’s Headquarters) in Morristown, NJ … where I took my boys when they had President’s Day off.

  • My favorite national park is the North Cascades National Park. It’s a short 20 miles from home to a beautiful drive through the “American Alps”:

  • That is too hard ! Visually I think Bryce is it, but for hiking Zion is tops, but then there is Yosemite, Grand Canyon and and and and !!!

  • For 20 years, I lived only a few dozen miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, making it an easy day trip to show it off to poor visitors who weren’t lucky (or smart) enough to have the park in their back yard.

  • Crater Lake, Oregon, just as a starter!

  • I was moving, sight unseen, to New Mexico, from NYC. I’d always lived on the coasts. I stopped by my Aunt’s and she took me to Arches. It was really hot. Very hot. I stepped into the shade of one of the arches, and it was 75o. I burst into tears, saying no one told me that
    there was a climate for me. No humidity. The Arches have a spot in my heart.

  • Yosemite has a lot of fond memories – we’re close enough to go a few times a year, thanks to the lifetime Senior pass. Olympic is a close second, for the sublime lakes.

  • We had a lovely and memorable family trip to the Smokies, so I think that ranks as my favorite. We brought back an excellent book, targeted at kids but interesting for all ages, The Smokies Yucky Book. We reread it many times.

  • If I have to choose a favorite, it would be Yellowstone. But I don’t want to choose, so I will also add in Grand Canyon and Yosemite.

  • There are so many beautiful parks that it’s almost impossible to choose, but I’m going to do it anyway…Rock Island State Park in Wisconsin. It’s beautiful, interesting, and so secluded that it takes two ferries to get there.

  • If I have to choose a favorite, it’s Acadia National Park.

  • Yosemite

  • Montauk Point Park with the Lighthouse which is a National Historic Monument

    • PS: DG I clicked your link up top, “knitting has been no exception” and it led me to your delightful first letter for MDK, I don’t know how I missed it back then but its wonderful! And congratulations on all your knitting award ribbons!

    • I miss Montauk! It’s been many years since I’ve been there. Thanks for bringing up the memories.

  • Grand Canyon so far, but hiking in Zion is on my bucket list.

  • So hard to pick just one park! My FIRST favorite was Yellowstone, especially the first weekend in the spring when the snowplows had cut through the snowpack on the passes. We had the park mostly to ourselves and baby animals were everywhere. It was easy to watch them with their mamas while respecting their space.

  • I’d be hard pressed to pick just one! Camping at Silver Springs, FL as a small kid- catching lizards and diving into the cold springs. Living in HI in 5th-6th grade- snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, hiking up Diamond Head, the solemnity of Pearl Harbor. A military cross country move from MD to AK (tent camping, minivan, 5 kids, 2 cats, black lab!) staying in many state and National (and a few Canadian) parks along the way. Two years later (1 more kid, 2nd vehicle, pop-up camper, different route) moved to NY hitting different parks. Now living in view of Pike’s Peak with Garden of the Gods 15 min down the road. The Parks are like Lays, you can’t pick just one! And as a hat knitter, that book is definitely coming to my house.

  • virgin islands–love st. john OR rocky mountain!!!

  • Olympic National Park – Hurricane Ridge!!

  • Zion

  • Rocky Mountain National Park, because it is in my back yard and I see something different every time I go!

  • Isle Royale National Park, an island in Lake Superior.

  • My favorite is Yosemite

  • Everglades

  • Yosemite and Yellowstone.

  • A lovely project indeed! Hope Yellowstone National Park is included. Can never visit too often!

  • I think Yosemite is my favorite— or is it Bryce Canyon? I first saw that at sunset. Then again, the Grand Canyon is awesome. As Vinnie Barbarino would say, “I’m so confused!”

  • I have always said that I love Badlands National Park. For the wide, colorful, expansive view by day and the magnificent sky by night. My favorite state park is High Cliff near Sherwood Wisconsin, practically my back yard. 🙂

  • Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.

  • I love Acadia. Went a long time ago, pre-kids and would love to take my young adult children there soon!!

  • Pipestone (in MN) is a hidden treasure. It’s a living, working cultural monument, with a short loop trail that winds through several landscape types.

  • I just returned from 12 days in Yellowstone and Glacier, so they are my two current favorites.

  • Patrick’s Point State Park, California

  • I couldn’t possibly choose! Let’s say Yellowstone. No, Glacier. no, Great Smoky. they’re all treasures. I hope to get to Mesa Verde soon. Thanks for alerting us to the book!

  • Acadia national park!

  • Yellowstone! It’s 5 different parks in one! Mountains, hot springs (including geyers and paint pots), a river that’s green, fishing, wildlife watching, and you can experience a hot sunny day and then cimb into the mountains for snow and ice.

  • So many great choices, but I do love the Olympic state park.

  • Acadia Park is my favorite!

  • We went to Craters of the Moon National Park this summer in lieu of Yellowstone. It was beautiful!

  • Ha! I am reading this as I just finished a hike in the Black Hills National Forest. Not a National Park, but we were in Badlands NP on Friday and Wind Cave on Saturday. I have been knitting on my temperature blanket. I’ll put this book on my Christmas list.

  • Hard to choose, but Yosemite and Lassen because we go there the most.

  • My favorite national park is my local- Redwood National Park. I never get tired of the peace and quiet of the giants who inhabit it.

    • I am in love with the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, the beautiful pines of Rocky Mountains, the gorgeous leaves of the Smoky Mountains, the starkness of Joshua Tree and Death Valley. But the bats and caverns of Carlsbad Caverns are just awe inspiring. Oh, heck, I love them all. I really hope to visit each one, and each one will be my favorite.

  • Rocky Mountain. I remember it fondly from my college days in Denver.

  • Well, that’s simply an impossible choice! Yosemite? Yellowstone? Sequoia? Rocky Mountain? Each one I visit, I say: “THIS one is really my favorite!”

  • My favorite park is Yosemite. Very beautiful

  • Olympic, in WA State. So lush and verdant. Childhood memories of Joshua Tree, CA, camping trips. So many I have visited and loved! So many yet to see.

  • Yosemite!

  • My favorite so far as been Kenai Fjords!

  • Shenandoah national park has been my favorite since childhood.

  • Yosemite National Park is pretty hard to beat in my opinion. It also happens to be closest to be me 🙂 I do need to broaden my horizons and visit some of the other wonders of our beautiful country though.

  • North Rim of Grand Canyon

  • It was long a dream of mine to visit every national park. It’s was beginning to look like that will never happen. I’m hopeful, though, that I’ll be able to take advantage of the virtual tours. I’ve been to “a few” monuments, and even lived in a battlefield memorial park as a child (No one can live there now.), but not to any of the 63 designated parks. My daughter took her kids to Yellowstone this summer. She and I agree it’s ridiculous we never visited, considering we visited family very near there quite often.
    I’m currently knitting Yellowstone Beanie from a kit from Nancy Bates. I’ll need to knit more because everyone wants one, but this one goes to my granddaughter who said, “that’s the prism spring!” when she saw the yarn. And, yes, Yellowstone is amazing, but my favorite is Sequoia National Park, because … giant trees. I hear there’s one you can drive through.

  • Glacier – visited in the 70’s and was enchanted. A close second, Arches.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park is my favorite. The variety of wildlife on view is so amazing. Also, being from Denver , it is quite easy to get to for a wonderful day trip.

  • Glacier National Park is my absolute favorite! Gorgeous lakes, breathtaking forests, and amazing Mountain Views!

  • One of my favorite parks is Gates of the Arctic national park in Alaska. I rode in a float plane to access it. Once there I was in pristine wilderness!

  • Yosemite is my favorite place. Thanks to the early American people who fought to preserve this land as national parks.

  • Great Smokey Mountains National Park, incredible scenery!

  • Olympic National Park, WA. The hike through the rain forest, up and across the glaciers to the top of Mt, Olympus. Stunning 360 view of ocean, mountains, islands and forests from the peak.

  • Crater Lake, Yosemite, and Olympia National Parks have beautiful vistas and wonderful lodges.

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.

  • King’s Canyon. Never very crowded.

  • Mese Verde is an incredible national treasure. I am so glad I went there when I was younger and could climb up the ladders to the cliff dwellings.

  • As a longtime knitter and proofreader, I was excited to have the opportunity to proofread this book, and seeing it featured today is a thrill! (Please don’t tell me you found any errors!) My favorite national park is the one I visited many times growing up, Rocky Mountain.

  • Pickett State Park in Tennessee

  • Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.

  • Laine Basin in Hatcher Pass, AK. It’s a state park and is my favorite summer knitting spot. Plenty water for the dogs, plenty views for me, song birds and golden eagles and wildflowers aplenty. What more could you want?

  • Having lived within 20 minutes of the Great Smokey Mountains – they would be my favorite Park. I have spent many hours hiking and biking in the Smokies!

  • Has to be Sleeping Bear Dunes!

  • I’m completely biased. I’m a native Californian so it has to be Yosemite. I’ve been there in every season and it never disappoints. My husband proposed at the Ahwanee Hotel so it’s very special to me. Volcanoes National Park on the big island gets an honorable mention. Interesting and awe inspiring!

  • Lucky to have visited quite a few but our kids treated the family to a week in Yosemite to celebrate an anniversary so I am saying Yosemite.

  • We lived in Illinois and often brought our children to the Indiana Dunes with trucks to load with sand and shovels and buckets to move the sand. This was before it became a national park. Would guess it is nearly the same as then only more popular. My latest national park with my daughter was Glacier. Enjoyed our ride on Going to the Sun Road on a beautiful sunny day.

  • I love the Grand Tetons. Is that right? Do I win?

  • Another voice for Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park. My family used to camp there almost every weekend when I was growing up, and it’s always in my heart.

  • From my youth, Acadia; from my thirties, Great Basin; from my advanced years, Redwood State and National Park. How can one choose?

    • Wait, wait! No one has mentioned Lassen!

  • Putting this book on my wishlist immediately! My favorite park is Yosemite.

  • I love big trees, so Sequoia, Redwood, and Olympic National Parks are all favorites of mine. We see Mt. Baker in North Cascade National Park from our house, and it’s the park we visit most, so it’s also a favorite.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park for the peaks and views, Haleakala National Park for the sunrise (though when I went the clouds hid the sun so it just barely peaked through).

  • Oh my gosh, how do you choose just one! Living in New Mexico and Colorado, close to Utah and Arizona, wow! If I have to pick one, I’m going with Rocky Mountain National Park! Stunningly beautiful!!

  • Yellowstone is my favorite National Park. The landscape and wildlife are heaven on earth.I love the bison and geysers especially. What an ethereal place!

  • I live near the New River Park and haven’t been there yet, but it’s on a very short list. The state parks in Virginia can’t be beat for camping.

  • Such a difficult question to answer. Too many places I have not seen but are on my wish list. So I will just pick Glacier National Park; we took a helicopter ride and it was thrilling and beautiful. Sad to see the glaciers disappearing.

  • Yellowstone

  • Yellowstone gets my vote but I’ve never been to a NP that I didn’t like.

  • Shenandoah National Park. Lived within an easy day trip from the park for many years in the Washington DC area. Now I live just three miles from the southern terminus since I retired, and can get there in 10 minutes.

  • Had to skip Carlsbad Caverns (government shutdown because of budget fights) and Yosemite (closed because of fires that summer) but we had the wonderful opportunity to visit three or four dozen national and state parks during a year of hit-n-run sightseeing while traveling the US in an RV – so many amazing sights across our country!

    We enjoyed every park we visited (even Yellowstone which was overrun with selfie obsessed tourists) but Grand Teton National Park is probably our favorite.

  • My favorite has to be Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island in Hawaii. We took a family trip to Hawaii and our girls were old enough to enjoy this amazing place. We got to actually walk on the cooled part of the Kilauea Volcano and walk through a volcano tube.

  • Mt Rainier! There is no better day in the northwest than one in which you can say, “The mountain is out!”

  • So many beautiful parks to choose from! Grand Canyon National park is breathtaking.

  • Yosemite National Park. It is in my home state and I can’t ever get enough of it’s beauty.

  • Yellowstone might be my favorite park, but I haven’t seen enough of them to say for sure!

  • Canyon Lands – because I became engaged there, overlooking the Green River!

  • So hard to choose as I love all I’ve visited! My favorites, for so many wonderful family memories, are Great Smokey Mtn. NP and Padre Island National Seashore.

  • I love Crater Lake!

  • Love many of the Parks’s, but Yellowstone is still my favorite.

  • Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky is a sight to see! I also love Daniel Boone National Forest.

  • Hands down Acadia! But to be honest, making it to every national park is a bucket list of mine.

  • SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE….Sugar sand beaches, salt-free and no sharks!

  • My favorite national park is Yosemite-however waiting for a reservation in Glacier and will be going to the Teton’s this fall. Great Adventures!

  • Big Bend, of course.

  • Each is fabulous and different. We are trying to get to all of the parks. I love Acadia.

  • I live very close to Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park, and we go to both frequently, so those are probably my very favorite. But, Yellowstone and Yosemite hold a special place in my heart as well. They’re all great!

  • Yellowstone National Park, it’s our backyard Park as we live 90 miles from both West Yellowstone and Gardiner

  • Has to be Acadia living on the east coast

  • We love Zion. We never tire of its beauty.

  • Glacier! Glacier! Glacier!

  • My first adventure to a national park was to Yosemite .I took my children and a thermos of chili and one of hot chocolate. Pictures were taken of them beside the drive thru tree to show how big it was. It was fall and there was snow in some of the areas. My kids had a ball and memories were made.

  • I would love to go back and visit Grand Canyon National Park again. It is so beautiful.

  • I have been to and love the Grand Canyon. I live by the ocean and the Grand Canyon gives the same feel. The immenseness of something other then ourselves. I have been to Carlsbad Caverns, Joshua Tree and others and they are all special in their own way

  • Hoh Rainforest, Washington State (I just moved from WA to the East Coast and have to add State or they all think DC)

  • Denali National Park!!!

  • I was just knitting in Glacier last week, so currently this is my favorite. I plan to knit in Olympia next year!

  • Malaquite Beach on Padre Island, Texas—it has a wonderful end-of-the-road feeling.

  • I was having a very bad day until I read this and found myself laughing out loud. Thanks for making me laugh. How can I name a favorite park? That’s like trying to name a favorite grand child. But the contenders for my favorite are Denali, Glacier, and Yellowstone.

  • Zion Park.

  • You’re asking us to pick a favorite child! And how can I know until I’ve seen them all? That said, I’d go back to Acadia any day, and while I was there, I’d see my friends John and Harriet. With a bit of oceanic longing, Cyndy in Montana

  • Yellowstone National Park

  • Joshua Tree in winter. Great hiking and climbing, plus star gazing at night absolutely stunning.

  • Bandelier, New Mexico!

  • Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, but also Starved Rock State Park in Illinois! It has a waterfall that freezes over spectacularly every winter, making it one of the few destinations that’s actually best outside camping/tourist season.

  • My two favorites are Mount Rainier National Park, Grand Teton National Park.

  • Mammoth Cave will always be my favorite! It was a few hours from my home and I visited often. When I was working as a night nurse, a group of us would get up early in the day and drive to the park, do a tour, and be back in time for our shift. Great memories!

  • Zion or Arches. I am from Cedar City, Utah and they feel like home…

  • I’ve lived in Minnesota for two decades and not yet been to Voyageurs. I really ought to go.

  • Glacier National Park is probably my favorite although Tetons is pretty close!

  • We have a city park, Steele Creek. It’s the largest municipal park in the state of Tennessee. It has a little train, that I’m certified to drive, that puffs around the park. No need to go anywhere else.

  • The Smoky Mountains, hands down!!

  • How to choose?!? But gotta say Zion….and of course Grand Canyon!

  • Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island

  • Glacier National Park

  • El Dorado National Park. It was damaged by the Caldor Fire but there are still great things to see & do plus it’s close to home.

  • DG, this is right up my alley! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    My favorite park is Yellowstone. We go once a year to be expert geologists for an expeditionary learning school, and every year we see something new. It is an amazing place!

    My favorite monument in the NPS is Florissant Fossil Beds, an hour from my home. It is one of the science based parks, and I find it fascinating and educational. I know it probably won’t be in the book, but I wanted to share my love for this unusual gem in the park system.

    Now I’m off to get this amazing book!!

  • Cape Lookout National Seashore in NC. Gorgeous, isolated, and surrounded by water!

  • I love Crater Lake…one of those places that really looks as amazing in person as it does in pictures.

  • Acadia

  • Bryce Canyon—-_> hoodoos

  • The Grand Teton National Park is so majestic it’s definitely the favorite of the ones I have visited.

  • DG, I just went back and looked at your National Parks blanket. It is absolutely stunning. My mother told me the wrong side should always look as good as the right side. You certainly got that down too!!

    • Tha k you! All these years later, I am much prouder of the back than I am the front.

  • Acadia National Park in Maine

  • i love Banff National Park – I hope this qualifies for your draw ‘cos I’m a Canadian!

  • So many Choices! The last one I Visited was Grand Canyon, which was spectacular.

  • Sequoia, Volcanoes, Grand Canyon, all the colors!

  • My favorite is the Point Reyes National Seashore! Gorgeous coastline beaches and hiking trails. 🙂

  • The Great Smokey Mountains.

  • Having moved to Wisconsin only recently, we are loving the options an kayaking the Apostle islands last week was fabulous. Thank goodness the winds were mild so we only dealt with a very easy paddle. It can be extremely dangerous

  • Love Bryce. And especially Acadia!

  • We live about 10 miles outside Shenandoah National Park, so that’s the one we visit most often. We buy an annual pass every year. The farthest and most exotic national park we’ve visited was Haleakala in Maui. A memorable experience for sure!

  • Yosemite is stunning!

  • Favorite national park: cape cod national seashore.❤️

  • Glacier. Going-to-the-Sun Road is beautiful.

  • Acadia, of course, since I live just 90 minutes away! Plus, Yellowstone and Glacier from when I lived in Montana for a few years.

  • Yosemite!

  • Mesa Verde and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

  • I haven’t visited in several years now, but I have always loved everything about the State of Maine, so to me Acadia is the best National Park!

  • My favorite is Yosemite National Park.

  • The Grand Canyon. I had an opportunity to float from Lee’s Ferry down to Lake Mead. We were on the river for 19days. A once in a lifetime experience.

  • Glacier NP

  • Glacier National Park. The Going to the Sun Road through the park is awe inspiring.

  • Zion National Park is my absolute favorite!

  • Family trip to Yellowstone when I was eleven.

  • After hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon several times, it has to be my favorite.

  • Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument, White Sands National Park because they are near by and they are newly became what they are.

  • I live in Cedar City, Utah – Gateway to the Parks, and live a couple of hours away from Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, a few hours drive from the Grand Canyon, Arches and Capital Reef. My favorite? Too tough to call, but farther from home, Lassen Volcano was a delight!
    PS – Just ordered the hat book.

  • Glacier National Park is my favorite

  • Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada. Not a state park but it is a provincial one!

  • Can these patterns be adapted for blanket squares?

  • Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Child’s Glacier in Chugach National Forest

  • This is a very difficult question to answer. I have only been to a third of the NPs, and have so many great memories. I suppose Yellowstone is the one I most want to visit with my Grandkids. Denali is so vast and we saw such an abundance of wildlife. The best hike I have ever done is up to the Harding Icefields in Kenai Fjords NP. I can hardly wait to get my book!

  • Superior National Forest (especially The Boundary Waters Canoe Area).

  • Glacier National, just came home from my first visit there. Breath taking.

  • Cedar Breaks Ntnl Monument if you like red rocks, wildflowers, and no crowds.

  • I have only been to a few of your NP’s (Canadian here), but have a big fondness for Bryce and Grand Teton NP. Always worth watching Ken Burn’s NP documentary when you can’t travel.

  • Yosemite is awesome inspiring!

  • Ohiopyle State Park in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

  • My favorite is Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois/Wisconsin. It’s a wonderful place. I encourage everyone to visit.

  • Although I’m a native Oregonian, I’ve never seen Crater Lake National Park. It’s on my bucket list to correct this oversight. I’d love to time it to see the Perseid meteor showers peak in August of some year soon.

  • Glacier national park!

  • I love love love Yosemite NP! Had such a some adventures there! Yosemite Valley is so beautiful and seeing it all from Tunnel View was gorgeous.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

  • Olympic! It’s where we had our honeymoon. We just moved out to WA state, so now we can go all the time!

  • It’s a toss up: Yosemite National or Mount Diablo California State Park