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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Five Amazing National Park Hikes

August 26, 2014

In the first twenty-nine National Parks we have visited, we have gone on some amazing hikes.  We have always enjoyed hiking, but consistently hiking the National Parks is just on another level--at least for us.  We wanted to share our favorite hikes we have taken so far with the promise that... Read More

Six Incredible Experiences

August 24, 2014

We anticipated that we would see some amazing things and have some incredible experiences when we planned our journey to visit all 59 National Parks.  What we weren't ready for was just how special this trip would be.  At the halfway point, we wanted to recall the half dozen experiences that... Read More

Denaili National Park--the Moose, the Shuttle and the Mountain

August 23, 2014

At Denali National Park we wanted to see three things--Moose, as much of the Park as we could (via shuttle), and Mount McKinley.  It turned out that our expectations were too low. Access to Denali National Park is controlled and limited.  Denali has a single road through the Park which... Read More

Norwegian to Alaska. Again.

August 13, 2014

We first visited Alaska in 2001 on a Norwegian cruise from Seattle.  We sailed on the Norwegian Sun.  In 2004, we sailed on the Norwegian Sun for the second time--this time in Hawaii.  On July 21st, we hopped on the Sun, this time from Vancouver, British Columbia.  Norwegian to Alaska.... Read More

The Lists

August 12, 2014

Editor's Note:  As we have previously written, we reached out to Chris Calvert when we read the article that he had completed his journey to visit all 401 of the National Park Units. We met Chris last May at Shenandoah National Park and formed a fast friendship.  Please take a look at what he is... Read More

Mount McKinley, Caribou and an Apology from Alaska

August 7, 2014

Today marks our seventeenth day in Alaska.  To say that our visit has been incredible is really an understatement.  We have seen Mount McKinley in all of its glory, lots of Caribou grazing (we don't have them in Missouri), and a glacier calving in Kenai National Park.  We regard the beauty of... Read More