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.



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

Julia Cozby at White Sands

January 10, 2015

Julia Cozby at White Sands Traveling back to White Sands National Monument was like going home again.  We lived in nearby El Paso for eight years and visited the Monument many times.  Our trip there was greatly enhanced this time by our TweetUp with a social media friend. We met Julia... Read More

Our First Real Winter Adventure

January 4, 2015

  Our First  Real Winter Adventure Shelly and I have known each other for more than thirty-five years.  We have never gone on an extended cold weather trip together.  Our idea of a Winter vacation has always been something more like this: [caption id="attachment_2674"... Read More

After Hearing That Nothing Could Stop Me

January 2, 2015

Editor's Note: We met Kevin VanEmburgh (Twitter: @kvanemburgh)  about six weeks ago.  He is a fellow Kansas Citian and National Park lover.  He enthusiastically told us about his plans to visit all 59 of the National Parks.  He asked us a few questions and we told him what we knew.  Please... Read More

Stoked in Sedona

December 27, 2014

Stoked in Sedona As frequently has happened on our journey, we were invited to hike in Sedona, Arizona by  someone we had met via Twitter.  When Scott Gilbert (@azhiker) reached out to us, we were stoked.  We don't know Sedona and were grateful for the guidance and the company.  Scott owns an... Read More