McCandless Promotes Visiting National Parks in KC Star

Shook, Hardy & Bacon Partner Scott McCandless wrote about his passion for visiting U.S. national parks and encouraged others to visit them this summer in a June 7 Kansas City Star opinion article.

McCandless gives readers a variety of location and topical options for traveling to the U.S. national parks, starting in Kansas City’s backyard with the Harry S. Truman Home in Independence, Missouri, and the restored Lincoln Home in Springfield, Illinois. He also gives the Civil War buff a route that includes three sites in Missouri and Arkansas.

If readers are up to a longer trip, McCandless suggests sites like South Dakota’s Badlands National Park and Mount Rushmore; Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Mesa Verde National Park; and Utah’s Bryce Canyon and Arches National Park.

McCandless even gives options for people on business trips, saying, “Flying to LA? Visit Channel Islands National Park. Off to Miami? Drive over to the Everglades or down to Key West and take the ferry to Dry Tortugas. Seattle? Mount Rainier.”

As for finding ways to involve the whole family, McCandless suggests making kids “junior rangers,” spending a night in a park lodge, framing national parks maps and buying the blue-backed “Passport for National Parks.”