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.



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

National Park of American Samoa

April 24, 2015

  National Park of American Samoa As of this writing, we have been to 57 of the 59 National Parks.  Last month we visited the National Park of American Samoa.  It is a magical place, far different than any of the other parks we have been to over the past year. The National Park of... Read More

@MissouriHowell, The Interview

April 23, 2015

Editor's Note: Fellow Missourian Jeff Howell (@MissouriHowell on Twitter) was one of the first people we followed on Twitter.  In spite of the fact that he is a St. Louis Cardinals Fan, we engaged in frequent banter and became social media friends.  After much buildup, Shelly and I finally met... Read More

Hot Times at Death Valley National Park

April 19, 2015

  Hot Times at Death Valley National Park Death Valley National Park is a different place.  All National Parks come with a degree of danger.  At Yellowstone visitors are frequently warned about wildlife encounters.  At the Great Smokies guests are urged to take plenty of water especially... Read More

It's All About Our Guide at Antelope Canyon

April 14, 2015

It's All About Our Guide at Antelope Canyon Antelope Canyon is not a National Park.  It's not an Arizona State Park.  Rather it is a Navajo Nation Park located near Page, Arizona.  The Park is not remote.  It is accessible via a paved U.S. Highway and sits right across the street from the... Read More