Many people set a goal of visiting all 61 National Parks. They see some incredible places, but also miss out on so much of what the National Park System entails. Others go further and venture to all 419 National Park units. Those that do get to experience much more, but they still miss out some of the nation’s best public lands, just because those acres weren’t transferred to the NPS.
The Treasured Places quest helps you see all of the important, specially-protected public land areas in the United States.
“I could never complete that”
It really doesn’t matter if you finish or not.
Just committing to this journey will ensure that you visit amazing places you otherwise wouldn’t have.
The main point here is to expand the types of special public lands that you visit. Our National Parks are amazing—but they’re not the only places worthy of visiting. Expand your travel list to include some of the lesser known national monuments and conservation areas and you’ll be guaranteed to find some gems you had never even heard about.
Finishing the quest would be an absolutely amazing accomplishment, but don’t let yourself be intimidated by the number of places on the list. This quest is all about the journey, not the destination.
Adopt the Treasured Places Quest!
We’re currently building an online community for adventurers who are tackling the Treasured Places quest.
In the meanwhile, please submit your information below to receive (very occasional) updates, such as when the community launches, when new areas are designated, or when new features like our counting tool are released.
Let’s create an online community of adventurers—document your visit to any Treasured Places area by using the #TreasuredPlaces hashtag when you post about a Treasured Place on social networks.
People who have adopted the Treasured Places quest
- R Scott Jones (website, instagram, twitter) – completed June 26, 2019
- Shelly Anderson
- Ardas Kaur Khalsa
- John W.
If you’ve adopted the quest but your name doesn’t yet show above, don’t fret—I promise we’ll be adding it the next time we update the page. If you’re really excited to see your name on the site, go ahead and contact us.