The seasons greatly affect travel in the national parks of the western united states. The united states has 61 epic national parks which are looked after by the national park service.
From the grand canyon national park to yosemite national park each is as diverse unique scenic as the last.
Western national parks road trip map. During the summer months between may and september temperatures in desert parks like death valley can soar to 110 degrees and higher. Park 4 yellowstone national park. Elias national park and preserve in alaska which spans a massive 13 2 million acres.
If you will be making a trip when going to the sun road is closed you will have to access the west and east entrances to the park separately by making a detour south of the park. As a frequent topper on lists of favorite national parks yellowstone absolutely deserves a stop on this road trip. 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.
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. The west has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to national parks. Western national parks road trip u s a.
This map plots the best route between nearby national parks so you spend less time. Zion and bryce canyon national parks arches and canyonlands national parks grand canyon national park capitol reef national park and more. 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.
The 11 day ish depending on how often you stop road trip traverses 1 500 miles six national parks that s zion bryce canyon capitol reef arches canyonlands and grand canyon plus monument valley as seen in our fave hbo thriller westworld and a slew of tiny desert towns. For a road trip select a top park then link it up with other national parks nearby. If you like the outdoors a road trip between several national parks is perfect for a long weekend or vacation.
These months are also the busiest times for visitors to national parks like yosemite national park and crater lake national park. The largest u s national park is wrangell st. Along the way you ll be treated to sheer sandstone.
Start in salt lake city where you may be surprised by the craft brewing scene and how easy it is to get around this city framed by the great salt lake and wasatch mountains. Randy olson a computer science and engineering ph d. Incredible outdoor adventures six national parks and ancient ruins combine to make this a trip of a lifetime.
Planning an epic national park road trip. 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. The grand circle road trip includes parks.