The top things

We didn’t visit all of North America, but we did quite a big trip and sometimes I already forget what we’ve done… I thought it’d be nice to list our favorites things on the trip, to help our memory, and others thinking of visiting North America. It was hard to keep it to three per category, especially for the canyons. I didn’t list them as 1, 2 and 3 because a lot of the time I can’t rank them. And there’s a lot of things that don’t appear here but we still loved a lot!

National parks
Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, USA)
Canyonlands National Park (Utah, USA)
Glacier-Waterton National Park< (Montana, USA and Alberta, Canada)

National monuments
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (Arizona, USA)
Grand Staircase National Monument (Utah, USA)
White Sands National Monument (New Mexico, USA)

State parks
Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada, USA)
Bodie State Park (California, USA)
Custer State Park (South Dakota, USA)

Others (tribal and public lands)
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (Arizona and Utah, USA)
Antelope Canyon, Navajo tribal land (Arizona, USA)
Valley of the Gods, Bears Ears National Monument (Utah, USA)
Glen canyon National Recreation Area (Utah, USA)

Dunes
Mesquite Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park (California, USA)
White Sands National Monument (New Mexico, USA)
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park (Utah, USA)

Lakes
Moraine lake, Banff National Park (Alberta, Canada)
Avalanche lake, Glacier National Park (Montana, USA)
Maroon Lake, White River National Forest (Colorado, USA)

Mountains
Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming, USA)
Canadian Rockies, Jasper, Banff, Yoho National Parks (Alberta, Canada)
Rocky Mountains, Rocky Mountains National Park (Colorado, USA)

Volcanoes
Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, USA)
Lassen Volcanic National Park (California, USA)
Mount Rainier National Park (Washington, USA)

Canyons
Canyonlands National Park (Utah, USA)
Grand Canyon National Park, North rim and South rim (Arizona, USA)
Antelope Canyon, Navajo tribal land (Arizona, USA)

Forests
Hoh forest, Olympic National Park (Washington, USA)
Redwoods National and State Parks (California, USA)
Sequoia National Park (California, USA)

Wildlife
Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, USA)
Everglades National Park, North and South (Florida, USA)
Black Hills (South Dakota, USA)

Vista points
Green River view point, Canyonlands National Park (Utah, USA)
Grand Canyon National Park, from the North rim (Arizona, USA)
Looking towards Monument Valley from Valley of the Gods (Arizona, USA)

Walks
Angel Glacier, Jasper National Park (Alberta, Canada)
Highline trail, Glacier National Park (Montana, USA)
Cinder Cone, Lassen Volcanic Park (California, USA)

Metropolis
New Orleans (Louisiana, USA)
New York (New York, USA)
San Francisco (California, USA)

Cities
Savannah (Georgia, USA)
St Augustine (Florida, USA)
Charleston (South Carolina)

Villages
Terlingua (Texas, USA)
Luckenbach (Texas, USA)
Gruene (Texas, USA)

Ghost towns
Bodie (California, USA)
Ryolite (Nevada, USA)
Lake Valley (New Mexico, USA)

Streets
Beale Street (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Bourbon Street (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Broadway (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Joints
Fred’s lounge (Mamou, Louisiana, USA)
Hillsboro Country store (New Mexico, USA)
The Cozy Dog (Illinois, USA)
Mammoth Saloon (Phoenix, Arizona)

Museums
Civil Rights museum (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
WWII museum (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Kennedy Space Centre (Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA)

Experiences
Rocket launch (Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA)
Buggy ride chatting to an Amish (Intercourse, Pennsylvania, USA)
Rodeo Austin (Austin, Texas, USA)
Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina, USA)

Scenic drives
Highway 89A (Arizona, USA)
Icefield parkway, travels through Banff and Jasper (Alberta, Canada)
State Route 95 (Utah, USA)
Farm to Market Road 170 (Texas, USA)
HIghway 240 in Badlands (South Dakota, USA)
Peter Norbeck scenic byway (South Dakota, USA)
Scenic Byway 12 (Utah, USA)
Highway 1 (Florida, USA)
Route 66 (Illinois, USA)
Going-to-the-sun Road (Montana, USA)

Deceptions (we expected them to be)
Niagara falls (Ontario, Canada)
Atlantic City (New Jersey, USA)
The Four Corners (Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, USA)

 

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