What If Our National Parks Were Connected by a Subway System?

Which line would you ride?
Aug 10, 2012· 0 MIN READ
Andrew Freeman is a California native with a degree in history from UCLA. He is particularly interested in politics and policy.

What if exploring our National Parks was as easy as getting onto the subway?

Conjured up by the Sierra Club, this theoretical subway system connects the National Parks network, and it's hard to stop yourself from going into fantasy-trip planning mode.

Here's what raced through my mind: I'd get on the green line in Death Valley, and hit Joshua Tree and the Carlsbad Caverns before connecting to the blue line to see the Everglades. Getting stuck in a Floridian swamp is a little bit of a concern, but my next stop would have to be Shenendoah Valley for a nice walk.

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I'd get back on the green line for a stop at Mount Rushmore and then Yellowstone—that express line betweenYellowstone and Yosemite is a genius idea. Then I'd ride the yellow line up through Alaska to see Glacier Bay and maybe stop at Sarah Palin's house to get a look at Russia before coming back home.

Though it won't happen—as the asterisk next to the title points out, "So incredibly not to scale and also fictional"—it is something we can dream about.

What stops would you make on the National Parks subway? Let us know in comments.