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 park and more.
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.
Road trip national parks map usa. 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. While this road trip doesn t venture into far flung places like. The optimal road trip to the u s.
Head back to the u s. The grand circle road trip includes parks. 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.
Elias national park and preserve in alaska which spans a massive 13 2 million acres. From the grand canyon national park to yosemite national park each is as diverse unique scenic as the last. That limitation still leaves us 47 national parks which should be plenty for one road trip.
We want to see everything. The largest u s national park is wrangell st. 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.
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. Planning an epic national park road trip. Chicago to nashville and great smoky mountains road.
There are 61 national parks in the united states and choosing which ones to visit first can induce travel anxiety. National park system technically consists of 59 parks but 12 of them are in alaska hawaii and other u s. On the loop back stop in a small town know for its oysters and a giant octopus.
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. Western national parks road trip u s a. 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.
Randy olson a computer science and engineering ph d. The united states has 61 epic national parks which are looked after by the national park service. 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.
This road trip is focused solely on those you can reach by car in. And into olympic national park to visit a triple waterfall cape flattery the northwest most point in the united states and the famous beaches of the pacific northwest.