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.



16 Million Bricks in a Paradise

April 14, 2014

I never expected that we would find 16 million bricks in a paradise.  Dry Tortugas National Park offers that and much more. Before we began to plan our trip to all 59 National Parks, I...

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A Brain the Size of an Eyeball

April 13, 2014

An emailer wrote to me and said "You must have a brain the size of an eyeball to get that close to an Alligator!" True perhaps, but at least I would be in good company.  The brain of an Alligator...

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Our Journey Begins at Hot Springs National Park

April 6, 2014

Our journey to all of the 59 National Parks began on Monday March 24th.  We thought it would be a good idea to get a little "practice" in our RV before arriving at Hot Springs National Park on April...

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flow is the Joy in Living; it's your Natural High

April 2, 2014

Editor's Note: We met our friend and partner Ben Kieffner through social media.  In his well-written guest post below, he discusses the concept of "flow" and the importance of giving back.  We...

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