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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Strange Happenings at 59 National Parks

July 1, 2015

  Strange Happenings at 59 National Parks One of the joys of travel is experiencing the unexpected, the offbeat and even the strange.  We had many such experiences during the sixteen months we were on the road visiting the National Parks.   We thought it would be fun to recall the... Read More

Denali National Park, Jewel of the Park System

June 26, 2015

  Denali National Park, Jewel of the Park System Denali National Park is the park of parks, the jewel of the National Park system.  Thirty-three percent  of the park's 6,000,000 acres are  designated as wilderness.   Visitors will recognize that almost all of the park is a wilderness,... Read More

Tax Dollars Well Spent: The Nation's Best National Parks

June 18, 2015

Editor's Note:  Last January Yahoo Travel and author and contributor Bill Fink named the Nation's five worst National Parks.  Since we have traveled to all of them, we thought we would offer our view of the five best National Parks. Tax Dollars Well Spent: The Nation's Best National Parks We... Read More

59 National Parks in 61 Weeks

June 14, 2015

59 National Parks in 61 Weeks On June 5th, 2015 we completed our quest visit all 59 National Parks when our bush plane touched down at Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska.  Besides our excellent pilot Jim Kincaid, we were the only people in the Park that morning. Fitting, we thought.   It took... Read More

Alaska Preview and #TheFinale

May 26, 2015

  Alaska Preview and #TheFinale Alaska Preview Last August we were poised to see all eight of Alaska's National Parks.  Two days before we were leaving Alaska we jumped on an Alaska Airlines flight headed for the remote village of Kotzebue.  On approach, the pilot was forced to pull up... Read More

Land of Ten Thousand Seagulls

May 18, 2015

Land of Ten Thousand Seagulls  Notice the seagull on the top of the flagpole?  He and 9,999 await you when you visit Anacapa Island when you visit Channel Islands National Park, California. Channel Islands National Park consists of five islands just twelve miles from Ventura,... Read More