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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What Goes Up a Dune Must Come Down a Dune

July 16, 2014

At 699 feet, High Dune in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve looks easy enough to hike.  Heck the stairs up back up from the Brink of Lower Falls at Yellowstone rise 600 feet.  It took me just a few minutes to do that. [caption id="attachment_1927" align="aligncenter"... Read More

Our Big Advenure to Alaska's National Parks

July 16, 2014

On July 20th, we leave for our Big Adventure to Alaska's National Parks.  Not that we have experienced big adventures already.  We have.  The problem with visiting all eight of Alaska's national parks is that Alaska is that its, in a word, big. We spent much time planning our Big... Read More

I Watched For Eyeballs Shining

July 8, 2014

On July 5th the family vacation portion of our Yellowstone trip ended as my sister and her family headed back to Kansas City (more on this later).  Shelly and I decided to drive back to the Lamar Valley and leave the Park to travel the Beartooth Highway.  On July 4th we had seen this coyote... Read More

Chris Calvert and Shenandoah National Park

June 25, 2014

When we first began to plan our trip, it did not immediately occur to us to reach out to and meet National Park enthusiasts.   Now, that practice is a cornerstone of what we do.  Our best experiences have involved people we have met who love the National Parks.Last Fall we read with interest... Read More