This road trip is focused solely on those you can reach by car in. The united states has 61 epic national parks which are looked after by the national park service.
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.
National parks usa road trip map. National park service 59 parks in 52 weeks. Zion and bryce canyon national parks arches and canyonlands national parks grand canyon national park capitol reef national park and more. We road tripped to every u s.
Grand teton yellowstone and glacier. National park during 2016 to celebrate 100 years of the u s. From the grand canyon national park to yosemite national park each is as diverse unique scenic as the last.
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. There are 61 national parks in the united states and choosing which ones to visit first can induce travel anxiety. The optimal road trip to the u s.
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. That limitation still leaves us 47 national parks which should be plenty for one road trip.
Below is a guide to all of them. While this road trip doesn t venture into far flung places like. Two parks have been established since our yearlong journey and we have been to both.
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. Parks on this page are in descending order in which we visited them. Get to know the northern rockies by knitting together a road trip through three of them.
Elias national park and preserve in alaska which spans a massive 13 2 million acres. 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. We want to see everything.
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. Randy olson a computer science and engineering ph d. Planning an epic national park road trip.
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. National park system technically consists of 59 parks but 12 of them are in alaska hawaii and other u s. The grand circle road trip includes parks.
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. Western national parks road trip u s a.