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.



The Big Island’s Other National Parks

March 24, 2015

Father's, I mean Editor's Note: When we first arrived at Hawaii's Big Island  (I prefer to call it by its name Hawaii but that seems to cause confusion) we visited all three of the National Park sites on the west coast.  They are:  Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park,... Read More

Revelation at Petrified Forest National Park

February 20, 2015

  Revelation at Petrified Forest National Park We really didn't know what to expect from Petrified Forest National Park.  Would it be a typical Arizona desert landscape with a little brush and some petrified wood?  Would we see any wildlife other than rattlesnakes and scorpions?  We... Read More

Bison Blog Winter Edition

February 2, 2015

 Bison Blog Winter Edition American Bison are fascinating, majestic creatures.  They seem harmless enough from the car.  They lumber slowly, passively from one clump of grass to another.  They take frequent naps.  It is possible to get close to them seemingly without worry.  Bison seem... Read More

An Interstate Runs Through It

February 1, 2015

An Interstate Runs Through It The South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota is bisected by Interstate 94.  Yes, an Interstate runs through it.  The Visitor Center is on the south side of I-94.  The bulk of the South Unit is located to the north.  Literally millions have... Read More

A Bed and Breakfast by Sears Roebuck Mail Order

January 22, 2015

  A Bed and Breakfast by Sears Roebuck Mail Order Our readers know that we usually travel to the National Parks with our camper in tow.  For our Winter trip to the Badlands, Theodore Roosevelt and Yellowstone we decided to stay in motels.  Our camper is not equipped for Winter travel and... Read More

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

January 11, 2015

The Washita Battlefield National Historic Site is located in Western Oklahoma near Elk City.  The site preserves the battlefield and surrounding prairie.  The Park Service staff also interprets the events of 1868 and preserves the historical heritage of the Battle of the Washita. The history... Read More