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.



Mr. Dominica Burkie Thomas

December 16, 2014

Last week we made our first stop at Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean.  We expected our visit to Dominica to be about the beauty and charm of the island.  Be assured the island is beautiful and charming.  Instead it turned out to be about a remarkable young man we met named Burkie Thomas.Burkie... Read More

Our Thanksgiving Post--Ten Photos

November 26, 2014

Our Thanksgiving Post--Ten Photos We feel so grateful for our opportunity to visit and photograph the 59 National Parks.  We know that we have been given a unique opportunity to share our journey too.  We are especially thankful to everyone that has followed along and supported us in our... Read More

RV Park Reviews The Fall Tour

November 23, 2014

RV Park Reviews The Fall Tour Since March 24th we have stayed at fifty RV Parks in thirty states.  We reviewed the first thirty here.  From September 8th through November 14th we stayed a nineteen RV parks during our Fall tour of the National Parks (Note one RV park is not included because we... Read More

Meeting David Wherry

November 20, 2014

Meeting David Wherry I admit I was nervous about meeting David Wherry.  He is an accomplished hiker that has completed a number of extreme adventures.  Heck, this year he hiked rim-to-rim-to-rim at the Grand Canyon in under 24 hours.  He has a popular blog about hiking and adventuring.  To... Read More

Up and Down at the Zion Narrows

November 19, 2014

I met DJ, Tyler and Kyra from Salt Lake City via Instagram.  DJ reached out to me to see if I would like to hike with them while we were at Zion National Park, Utah.  I said yes and suggested that we hike the Zion Narrows.  We met at the Visitor Center and took the 45 minute shuttle ride to the... Read More

Magnificent Mount St. Helens

November 17, 2014

Magnificent Mount St. Helens presents a picture of devastation, recovery and beauty. We visited this Forest Service National Monument and were so taken with it that extended our stay by one day.  The volcano is still heavily scarred by the 1980 eruption.  Yet, signs of life and recovery are... Read More