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. National park system technically consists of 59 parks but 12 of them are in alaska hawaii and other u s.
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Road trip national parks in usa map. The national park service does an amazing job with their national parks and national monuments forests and more through the united states. Grand teton yellowstone and glacier. The optimal road trip to the u s.
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. 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. This map plots the best route between nearby national parks so you spend less time.
That limitation still leaves us 47 national parks which should be plenty for one road trip. While this road trip can be done in around 2 weeks we recommend you allow yourself as much time as possible to explore these spectacular parks. There are 61 national parks in the united states and choosing which ones to visit first can induce travel anxiety.
Within the continental united states aka lower 48 there are a total of 50 national parks there are 2 in hawaii 8 in alaska and 2 in the territories making a total of 62. While this road trip doesn t venture into far flung places like. Planning an epic national park road trip.
But find your inner peace and focus on a small list of top national parks that allow one to experience a variety of natural landscapes. The 3 000 mile rocky mountain range spanning from british columbia through id mt wy co and even nm harbors some of america s most adored national parks. Zion and bryce canyon national parks arches and canyonlands national parks grand canyon national park capitol reef national park and more.
We want to see everything. If you like the outdoors a road trip between several national parks is perfect for a long weekend or vacation. In total this road trip spans 14 498 miles 23 333 km of road and will take roughly 2 months if you re traveling at a breakneck pace.
Get to know the northern rockies by knitting together a road trip through three of them. But of those 50 national parks in the continental usa there are another four parks that are not accessible by vehicle due to the fact that they are maritime based national parks. Randy olson a computer science and engineering ph d.
This road trip is focused solely on those you can reach by car in.