Exploring our National Parks

America has many beautiful national parks.  Unfortunately, they are spread all over the country and if you want to visit them, you have to be prepared for a very long drive or spend thousands of dollars on rental cars and air lines – unless you have a flying car!

Several years ago, my husband and I decided to take a few such trips, but didn’t want to deal with commercial flights and rental cars, so our only other choice at the time was to drive.  In total, we spent about 2-1/2 months driving around the country and while it was great to visit those parks, we had to drive thousands of miles to do it.

In California we visited Yosemite and Redwoods;  Oregon: Crater Lake;  Washington: Mt. Ranier and Olympic;   Alaska:  Denali,  Montana:  Glacier and Yellowstone, which is also partly in Idaho and Wyoming;  South Dakota:  Mt Rushmore;   Wyoming:  Grand Teton;   Utah:  Bryce Canyon and Zion.  We also went to Banff and Waterton Lakes in Canada.

In the eastern part of the country, it was Maine: Acadia Park;  New Hampshire: Flume Gorge,  New York: Mt. Vernon and Jamestown;  Pennsylvania: Gettysburg;  Virginia: Arlington and Monticello;  the Great Smokey Mountains;   Mississippi: Vicksburg;  New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns and Arizona:  the Grand Canyon.

Of all the parks we visited, I have to say that my top picks were Denali, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, for different reasons.  Denali is probably number one in size, grandeur and the wildest, but it’s not very accessible.  The Grand Canyon is also beautiful and gigantic, with wonderful grandeur, but accessible only along part of its edge.  Yellowstone is very large, wild and extremely beautiful and you can drive all around in it, often coming close to wild buffalo.  It’s really hard to choose my absolute number one pick.  I’d like to know which national park others would place at the very top.

I know that there are airports near the following national parks:  Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Crater Lake, Redwoods, Mt. Rushmore, Grand Teton and Yellowstone and there may be others.  There are also many smaller national parks and monuments around the country that are worth seeing.   It would be fun to take another trip and see them, but if I ever go again, I want it to be in a Switchblade!

-Marcia Winborne-Graven

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Parker May says:

    I must agree with Marcia’s comment. Park to park touring in a Switchblade would be ideal. With no separate ground transportation needed travel will be so much more efficient.

    Planning would also be simpler. There is a road to virtually every airport and there are thousands of public airports. I’m using Foreflight to plan flights now. Everything you need for is on an iPad. There is also a road map feature for road travel. You can sit anywhere comfortable and plan your entire trip. If there is WiFi available you get even more information like weather radar for the entire country overlaid on your flight map (sectional chart).

    Hop in the switchblade and all your information is presented on the GPS screen of the iPad. The Switchblade also has a built in GPS so can use that also. You pretty much can’t get lost.

    The freedom is incredible. At a moments notice you can change plans, take off from a different airport, drive to a hotel, or stop for lunch at any local restaurant. None of this is possible in a regular plane. And forget about parking a regular plane in town!

    Unless you have done some flying you can’t imagine how much more convenient a flying car is for travel. Getting in the vehicle is easier low to the ground. You don’t need to climb up on the wing or a high seat. Fueling at the local gas station is a breeze. You don’t have to park you car at the airport or take public transportation. Just go.

    You won’t be getting into a plane that has been in the weather all night at the airport. You don’t even need to physically drag yor plane out of a hanger and jockey your car around to park it in the hanger. Now flying is as convenient and comfortable as driving a car.

    You can travel 500 miles before somebody else goes to a commercial airport, parks, goes through security, and gets on a plane!

    This is a quantum leap in transportation and a ton of fun ✈️🚗

    Parker T. May O. D.

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  2. James Mauch says:

    Great plan for the Switchblade! A few years ago I flew a trike (light sport, 100 hp, 2 place flex wing, weight-shift control) over the Tetons and through Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. I landed many times at Yellowstone Airport (KWYS) in West Yellowstone, MT on my many flights across that magnificent territory.

    What amazing vistas to take in and ever since I have only imagined what it would be like to do in my Switchblade! Now I can plan on the other parks as well. We’ll need to talk to Sam about a permanent GoPro mount on the nose to photograph that beautiful country!

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