National Park Movies

While we wait until we can go and visit a national park, check out a few movies here to enjoy some scenes from a variety of national parks.

  • Star Wars, A New Hope (1977) – Death Valley National in California – filmed some scenes on Tatooine here as well as some other scenes in the movie
  • Dances with Wolves (1990) – Badlands National Park in South Dakota- has a variety of scenes there including a pretty, mixed grass prairie landscape scene
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) – Redwoods National and State Parks in California – filmed some scenes here
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – Zion National Park in Utah – Robert Redford and Paul Newman filmed some scenes here
  • Star Trek V, The Final Frontier (1989) – Yosemite National Park  in California – Captain Kirk decides to climb El Capitan in this film
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) – Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming – featured the tower as the aliens landing site
  • The Shining (1980) – Glacier National Monument in Montana – filmed the Going-to-the-Sun Road and a few other scenes here and the Overlook Hotel lounge set in the film was modeled after the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park
  • Into the Wild (2007) – Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska – Sean Penn’s movie based on Jon Krakauer’s book set here
  • Rocky IV (1985) – Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming – filmed the Tetons as a stand in for scenes with his training in Siberia
  • Planet of the Apes (1968) – Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Arizona and Utah – filmed the landing site for the astronaut crew there
  • Forrest Gump (1994) – National Mall in Washington DC – Forrest Gump described this scene as the happiest time of his life takes place here and Forrest also journeyed through Glacier National Park in his adventures
  • North by Northwest (1959) – Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota – Alfred Hitchcock movie with Cary Grant filmed some scenes here, but the final scene was filmed on a set which looked just like the memorial
  • E.T. (1982) – Redwoods National and State Parks in California – filmed some scenes here in the forest
  • Free Solo (2018) – Yosemite National Park in California – filmed the nonfiction movie here about a rock climber’s attempt to climb El Capitan

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Enjoy some movies while pretending to be in a national park!

 

Throwback Thursday

National Park Week now brings us Throwback Thursday!

History and memories are made each day at the national parks.  Take a moment to reflect on one of your own favorite national park memories today!

Enjoy a photo of my own Throwback Thursday of the national parks of a pretty special day in my life and then again 15 years later:

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Happy National Park Week!

Wild Wednesday

National Park Week brings us to Wild Wednesday today! Embrace the wild side of the parks!

To celebrate this day, go wild! You can go on a hike in the wilderness; check out some local wildlife; enjoy some wildflowers; check out the night wild skies; or learn about the wild within the national parks online.

Enjoy some wild photos from last summer at the Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

Enjoy your wild side! Happy National Park Week!

Teton Anniversary

At the end of July, our family journeyed to the Grand Teton National Park to celebrate our 15th anniversary where we got married!

We loved seeing this special national park again and also sharing it with our two kids.

Steve and I got married in the Chapel of Transfiguration in the national park. This rustic chapel was constructed in 1925. We love this little, lodgepole pine chapel with that amazing window framing the Teton Range!

Enjoy some photos of our visit to the chapel. ❤️

Definitely stop by this beautiful and historic chapel if you’re in the Grand Teton National Park!

P.S. More vacation posts coming!

National Park Wedding

After falling in love in one national park and then getting engaged in another national park, it seemed fitting for us to want to get married in a national park.  Steve and I have visited Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks the previous year and loved it there! And so, we started investigating the options, costs, and logistics for a wedding across the country and in a national park!

We started planning this wedding in 2003. Mind you, the first iphone came out in 2007. So while we used websites and the internet, we still had to make lots of phone calls, snail mail, and even use the fax machine! (We really aren’t that old, but this sounds old thinking about the technology changes!) Check out my huge planning binder!

 

Wedding magazines helped a lot with ideas and planning suggestions for destination weddings. I remember finding one issue of Martha Stewart Wedding that had a a western-style wedding in it. That wedding incorporated their own western looks into a beautiful wedding. It definitely inspired me to add our own touches to our wedding.

For our wedding, we wanted a mix of a formal wedding, yet set in the national park.  We wanted the wedding to reflect us!

For our attire, we wore a formal wedding dress and tuxedos, but had photos done outside by this famous barn (T.A. Moulton Barn) and at the log chapel (Chapel of the Transfiguration). My dress ended up with some grass stains on the bottom, but didn’t care at all!

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We rode a bus as our transportation to photos, the chapel, and back to the lodge.

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At the reception in the Jackson Lake Lodge, we had a stuffed animal surrounded by berries from our florist as our centerpieces.  Each table had a unique national park stuffed animal and we named each table after a different national park. Our head table was the Grand Teton National Park with a moose.

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We created the wedding and reception into something really special that fit us and our personalities.

Enjoy some more photos from this amazing day!

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The kiss

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I would highly recommend having a wedding in a national park!

 

15 years ago…

15 years ago in 2004, a few big things happened!

Greece hosted the summer Olympics.

Hurricane Charley hit Florida, Cuba, and Jamaica.

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1918.

President Bush beat John Kerry for a second term.

Facebook is launched.

Martha Stewart gets convicted of a felony and sentenced to 5 months.

A 9.3 earthquake hit the Indian Ocean causing a tsunami that kills around 200,000 people in South Asia and Africa.

Disney released the movie, The Incredibles.

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! is published by Mo Willems.

Ireland became the first country to ban smoking in all workplaces including bars and restaurants.

And…

I got married to an amazing guy in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

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July 24, 2004