Top 10 Lists

Check back here often as we continue to rank our favorite places to hike, camp, and kayak, as well as books to read and gear to purchase.

Top 10 National Parks

10. Wrangell-St. Elias (Alaska)

9. Grand Canyon (Arizona)

8. Everglades (Florida)

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Top 10 National Monuments

10. John Day Fossil Beds (Oregon)

9. Organ Pipe Cactus (Arizona)

8. Statue of Liberty (New York, New Jersey)

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Top 10 National Historical Parks

10. Manhattan Project (Tennessee, New Mexico, Washington)

9. Lewis and Clark (Oregon, Washington)

8. Dayton Aviation Heritage (Ohio)

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Top 10 National Historic Sites

10. Grant-Kohrs Ranch (Montana)

9. Golden Spike (Utah)

8. Weir Farm (Connecticut)

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Top 10 National Parks for Kayaking

10. Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument (U.S. Virgin Islands)

9. Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Missouri)

8. Biscayne National Park (Florida)

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Top 10 Sand Dunes in National Parks

10. Cape Lookout National Seashore (North Carolina)

9. Indiana Dunes National Park (Indiana)

8. Salt Flat Dunes at Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas)

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Top 10 Caves in National Parks

10. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (Hawai‘i)

9. Oregon Caves National Monument (Oregon)

8. El Malpais National Monument (New Mexico)

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Top 10 Museums in National Parks

10. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennesee-North Carolina)

9. Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado)

8. Great Basin National Park (Nevada)

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Top 10 Museums Run by the National Park Service

10. Colonial National Historical Park (Virginia)

9. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park (Ohio)

8. Fort Necessity National Battlefield (Pennsylvania)

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Top 10 National Park Campgrounds (with running water)

10. Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)

9. Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)

8. Catoctin Mountain Park (Maryland)

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Top 10 Primitive Campgrounds in National Parks

10. Haleakala National Park (Hawai’i)

9. Channel Islands National Park (California)

8. Joshua Tree National Park (California)

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Top 10 National Parks with Designated Backcountry Campsites

10. Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)

9. Canyonlands National Park (Utah)

8. Isle Royale National Park (Michigan)

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Top 10 National Parks for Dispersed Backcountry Camping

10. Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Georgia to Maine)

9. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (Alaska)

8. Buffalo National River (Arkansas)

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BOOKS

Top 10 Guidebooks to National Parks

10. Wildlife Watching in America’s National Parks: A Seasonal Guide by Gary W. Vequist & Daniel S. Licht (2013)

9. 10 Best of Everything: National Parks: 800 Top Picks From Parks Coast to Coast by National Geographic (2011)

8. 50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S. by Brent D. Glass (2016)

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Top 10 Novels Set in a National Park

10. Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen (2004)

9. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (1960)

8.  Winter Study by Nevada Barr (2008)

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Top 10 Non-Fiction Books Set in a National Park

10. Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park by Tim Cahill (2004)

9. A Naturalist in Alaska by Adolph Murie (1961)

8. The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck (2015)

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Top 10 Non-Fiction Books Set in Multiple National Parks

10. Hey Ranger! True Tales of Humor and Misadventure from America’s National Parks by Jim Burnett (2012)

9. My Wild Life: A Memoir of Adventures within America’s National Parks by Roland H. Wauer (2014)

8. Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks by Mark Woods (2016)

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Top 10 Non-Fiction Books Set in Alaska

10. The Blue Bear: A True Story of Friendship and Discovery in the Alaskan Wild by Lynn Schooler (2002)

9. Tracks of the Unseen: Meditations on Alaska Wildlife, Landscape, and Photography by Nick Jans (2000)

8. Stalking the Ice Dragon: An Alaskan Journey by Susan Zwinger (1991)

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Top 10 Novels Set in Alaska

10. Heartbroke Bay by Lynn D’Urso (2010)

9. Alaska: A Novel by James A. Michener (1988)

8. A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow (1992)

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Top 10 Non-Fiction Books Set during World War II

10. God Is My Co-Pilot by Col. Robert L. Scott (1943)

9. The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw (1998)

8. Going Solo by Roald Dahl (1986)

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Top 10 Novels Set during World War II

10. The Thin Red Line by James Jones (1962)

9. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (2009)

8. The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean (1957)

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Our Favorite National Park in All 50 States

Alabama – Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Alaska – Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Arizona – Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Arkansas – Buffalo National River

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