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.



Our Wild Ride to Crater Lake National Park

October 20, 2014

Park of our itinerary strategy for this Fall swing through the National Parks was to avoid snow.  We love snow adventures and have some planned for this winter.  We just didn't want to be put in the position of hauling the trailer over snowy mountain passes.  It is challenging enough pulling the... Read More

Everyone Should Take an RV Vacation

October 8, 2014

We came reluctantly to RVing.  We were hotel people. We had never spent one night in an RV, much less owned one.  Ultimately, we decided to buy an RV for our 59 National Park adventure for two reasons.  First we thought we would save money (we have ).  Second, we wanted to take our dogs along... Read More

Day and Night at Great Basin National Park

October 2, 2014

Nevada has one National Park.  In our experience, most travelers are not aware of Great Basin. It is remote, quiet and incredibly dark at night.  Don't be fooled by the desert landscape that you see from the highway.  The interior of Great Basin National Park is as different as day and night... Read More

The Most Beautiful Place in America

October 2, 2014

We have been to a number of beautiful places so far on our 59 National Park journey.  Honeymoon Beach at Virgin Islands National Park.  Abrams Falls at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park. Avalanche Lake  at Glacier National Park.  Mount... Read More

Inspriation on the Cascade River Road

September 14, 2014

At North Cascades National Park, Washington we stayed at Marblemount-a small town at the gate of the park.  It was a convenient place to explore the main road of the park, its associated lakes, mountains and hiking trails.  The main park road is scenic albeit distracting.  The main park road is... Read More

National Park Service Units Travelogue

September 6, 2014

.In our travels we are not just visiting National Parks.  We are also stopping at other Park Service Units as time, proximity and budget allows.  Several readers have asked us if we have a timeline.  We offer this as a snapshot of all of the units we have visited in chronological order.  We... Read More