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About The National Park Store

Having lived in Romania, Philippines, Pakistan, and now the US, one could say the travel bug is fully embedded in me. Especially since I have been fortunate to live all over the US too: New York, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Connecticut, Orlando, and now Portland.

Aside from loving to explore new cities, the outdoors is really my favorite paradise of sorts. At some point, it became a passion to explore state parks. National sites. Any park really. The outdoors of the US (and the world) is just so beautiful. It reminds us of a greater power. It shows us the beauty and wonder of nature. It makes us feel better when we are feeling low.

The t-shirts came about from a personal passion of collecting fridge magnets from every city and the park we visited. Over time all the magnets on the fridge got annoying, not to mention difficult to handle. Then we started collecting Starbucks mugs- one for each state or city we have been to. (Coffee is very important to us) Then I saw a friend wearing a t-shirt that said “I hiked the grand canyon”- and he really had. I loved that t-shirt. Still, do. Still, think about it. So that was the beginning of getting t-shirts from various parks. Soon friends wanted the same t-shirts, and somehow this love of nature, parks, photography, and t-shirts has evolved into what you see here. It’s an artistic expression for the places I love and have explored.