We're Visiting 59 US National Parks in 59 Weeks!

Welcome to 59NationalParks.com, a website about our upcoming trip to all 59 National Parks in the United States.  As we travel to the US National Parks over this next 59 weeks, we will be chronicling our travels with blog posts, photography and social media updates.

We begin our quest at Hot Springs National Park on April 1st, 2014.  From there, our travels will take us to most of the fifty States and the territories of American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  We are spending the most time in Alaska.  In our twenty-one days there we will be visiting the the  National Parks of Glacier Bay, Gates of the Arctic, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Denali, and Wrangell-St. Elias.  Some parks, such as Rocky Mountain National Park and Badlands National Park, we plan to visit twice to gain seasonal perspectives for our photography.

We also plan to to spend time at numerous other National Park Service units including National Monuments, National Historical Parks, and National Battlefield Sites. We plan to visit, for example, Cabrillo National Monument in California, Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania and Pea Ridge National Military Park in Arkansas.

Our goals for National Parks journey are to promote the virtues of the parks, to inspire other to go for their dreams, and to have a little fun along the way.  Please join us on our travels which we expect to complete on July 4th, 2015.

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Inspriation on the Cascade River Road

September 14, 2014

At North Cascades National Park, Washington we stayed at Marblemount-a small town at the gate of the park.  It was a convenient place to explore the main road of the park, its associated lakes, mountains and hiking trails.  The main park road is scenic albeit distracting.  The main park road is... Read More

National Park Service Units Travelogue

September 6, 2014

.In our travels we are not just visiting National Parks.  We are also stopping at other Park Service Units as time, proximity and budget allows.  Several readers have asked us if we have a timeline.  We offer this as a snapshot of all of the units we have visited in chronological order.  We... Read More

At Home In Rocky Mountain National Park

September 6, 2014

We feel right at home in Rocky Mountain Park.  It is one of two National Parks that we consider to be our "Home Park".   We met in Loveland, Colorado thirty-four years ago.  Rocky Mountain National Park was one of our favorite dates.  We would frequently stop in Estes Park, pick up a sandwich... Read More

Big Adventure at Alaska's National Parks

September 5, 2014

Our big adventure at Alaska's National Parks was unlike any other trip we have ever taken.  The trip required a tremendous amount of planning.  We had eighteen days to see all eight National Parks.  There was no margin for error.  Alaska is too big and remote.  We couldn't afford a delay or... Read More

Incredible Diversity at Olympic National Park

September 1, 2014

The diversity of Olympic National Park is incredible.  The landscape varies from mountains to beaches to rainforests on the Olympic Peninsula.  We discovered just a sliver of the treasures that the Park has to offer in our five days there last month. Mountains The Olympic Mountains form... Read More

Five Amazing National Park Hikes

August 26, 2014

In the first twenty-nine National Parks we have visited, we have gone on some amazing hikes.  We have always enjoyed hiking, but consistently hiking the National Parks is just on another level--at least for us.  We wanted to share our favorite hikes we have taken so far with the promise that... Read More