National parks centennial road trip map was designed to commemorate the 100 th birthday of the national park service which was in august of 2016. Because it is the only way into the park from the east this road trip would.
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Road trip california national parks map. If you want to see all of them on one trip be sure to check out randy olson and his road trip map where you can hit all of the national parks. The grand circle road trip includes parks. Trip planner contents include.
Inspired by the washington post s how to visit nearly every national park in one epic road trip we have put together the ultimate road trip through all the national parks in california. National park system technically consists of 59 parks but 12 of them are in alaska hawaii and other u s. However we don t recommend this unless you have a full year.
The national park service does an amazing job with their national parks and national monuments forests and more through the united states. Zion and bryce canyon national parks arches and canyonlands national parks grand canyon national park capitol reef national. With the help of google maps our loyal guide we calculated that the shortest path through every national park in california would be 1 616 miles long and.
California 120 tioga pass road generally closes in november and reopens in late may or early june. This road trip is focused solely on those you can reach by car in. If you re a national park fanatic like me you ve maybe dreamt of linking a series of parks together as an epic road trip.
Some road trips include itineraries for multiple parks. Overview of national park entrances and their closest gateway towns. California road trip itinerary map.
The grand circle road trip is one of the most famous national parks road trips in the country. We ve put together a map of the our suggested california road trip itinerary which you can see below and also on google maps here. While checking off all 59 parks in one trip isn t feasible for most of us this california road trip ticks all the national parks in the golden state and only requires 39 hours in the car while camping in.
Note that depending on the time of year access to yosemite can be restricted due to snow so you have to take the longer way round. Basic national park maps so you can get your bearings. The trip is predominantly in the state of utah but crosses into arizona as well.
Our favorite road trips to the parks launching from cities with major airports and other popular launching points. Candidate at michigan state university is a man who likes to design road trips he has previously organized the ultimate us road trip and the best cross canada journey and this time olson created an itinerary that would allow travelers to see every single national park in the 48 contiguous states without wasting any time.