For that kid who is lucky enough to spend family vacations in America’s national parks,  this small leather-bound volume will certainly get years of good use and may even become an heirloom.

Small enough to fit in a backpack, it contains an alphabetical listing of all the parks, complete with practical and historical write-ups plus a rock solid collection of maps.  And, like all good travel journals, it has plenty of blank space to record details of each visit.

There’s something extremely motivating about checking off as many parks as you can, collecting them like badges of honor, that may add some extra excitement to this uniquely American tradition.

Available here and other online sources but we found ours in the gift shop at Acadia National Park;  as an extra bonus, the park name is elegantly stamped on the front.  I would think other parks would follow suit.

Acadia was our first national park as a family but it’s my personal favorite overall.  How about you and your family?


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One Comment


  1. Posted by: Laura

    I love this idea! I wish this was around when I was a kid. My father is very much a lover of the outdoors so my four sisters, my mother, and myself were taken all over the country on family trips to National Parks. I have seen so many of them and they are all so beautiful. My parents didn’t have enough money to take us any place fancy and my father always said there was so much beauty to see in our own country anyways. I think my husband and I will start this tradition now that I have a family of my own and oddly enough our first visit was Acadia last year. Wonderful post.

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