7 parimat teekonda rahvusparkidesse

Rahvuspargid on üks suurimaid ideid, mis Ameerika Ühendriikidel on olnud. Esimese rahvuspargi (Yellowstone) tulekuga 1872. aastal on Ameerika Ühendriikides olnud veel 58 kaitseala, mis on nimetatud rahvusparkideks. Kuna need on nii vahvad, siis miks mitte proovida neid kõiki külastada?

Seal on üle 2 x 10 59 erineva marsruudi, mida võiksite kasutada 47 rahvuspargi külastamiseks, mis asuvad külgnevas USA-s (kontrollisime). Absoluutse optimaalse marsruudi leidmiseks võib arvuti kasutamine võtta väga, väga kaua aega ning selleks ajaks oleksite võinud külastada kõiki 47 USA rahvusparki, samuti ülejäänud 11 Alaskas ja Hawaiil asuvat rahvusparki. Boonusena oleksite võinud külastada ka kõiki rahvusmonumente, ajaloolisi kohti, järvekallasid ja palju muud (neid on kokku üle 350!).

Kas otsite eepilist maanteereisi?

Õnneks oli seal keegi, kes lõi algoritmi kogu selle protsessi kiirendamiseks. Randy Olson lõi selle kohta blogipostituse, luues ka optimaalse maanteeretke üle USA. Tema teekond hõlmab rahvusparke, kuid ei lähe sugugi nende kõigi külastamise juurde. Sinna me sisse tuleme!


Kureeritud välisvarustuse kast, mille keskmes on teema ... igal kuul / hooajal!

Sellel maanteeretkel, mille oleme ehitanud, anname teile üsna optimaalse marsruudi, mis viib teid kõigisse 47 rahvusparki. Valisime Hawaii väljaarvamise, kuna sinna on üsna raske sõita. Otsustasime Alaska välja jätta ka kauguse tõttu külgnevast 48-st - võib-olla on eraldi Alaska rahvuspargi kaart korras?

Parim Colorado maanteereis, kus on 6 rahvuspargi ala

Matkaja Colorado Suure Liiva luidete rahvuspargis

Vähesed teekonnad viivad teid mööda tähelepanuväärsetest 14 000-jalastest kõnniteedest, rahustavatest kuumaveeallikatest ja fantastilistest ajaloolistest linnadest, nagu see Colorado silmus.

Alustage Denverist, et proovida linna õitsvat kunsti- ja toidumaastikku. Seejärel suunduge elavasse ülikoolilinna Boulderisse ja lähedalasuvasse Eldorado Canyoni loodusparki. Järgmine peatus on Rocky Mountaini rahvuspark, kus ootab elusloodus ja uskumatud matkad. Sealt suunduge läände võluvasse Grand Lake'i linna, enne kui suundute läände Glenwood Springsi, et leotada linna legendaarsetes kuumaveeallikates ja kogeda oma seiklusparki. Jätkake lääne suunas Grand Junctionis asuva Colorado riikliku monumendi aukartust äratavate punakivimaastike poole. Sealt saate Delta, Montrose ja Ouray kaudu reisides läbi imelise mäestiku maastiku ja põllumaade ringkäikude.

Avastage iidne ajalugu Mesa Verde rahvuspargis ja autentsetes linnades nagu Cortez, Durango, South Fork ja Alamosa, mööda teed Great Sand Dunes rahvusparki ja säilitage enne Arvalasse suundumist ja Denverisse lõppu.

San Franciscosse Yosemite teekond

Kosk Yosemite Hetch Hetchy piirkonnas

Foto autor: Kim Carroll Photography, Yosemite'i Rush Creek Lodge'i viisakalt

Maanteeretke alustamiseks on vähe paremaid kohti kui San Francisco. Alates Golden Gate'i sillal jalutamisest kuni lahe lähedale praami, jala või akvaariumi kaudu näete, et San Francisco pakub fantastiliselt suurepärase segu välistingimustest ja kultuurilistest võimalustest.

Seejärel vaadake viimast pilti sellele värvikale linnale oma tahavaatepeeglis, enne kui jõuate lahtisele teele Tri-Valley oru piirkonda, mida tuntakse lahe päikselise külje all. Ärge olge piirkonna viinamarjaistandustes nii sassis, et unustate oru imelise õlleraja, mis ühendab selliseid linnu nagu Livermore ja Danville.

Jätkake itta Tuolumne'i maakonda, kus ees ootavad järveäärsed kuurordid ja ajaloolised Gold Rush'i linnad. Lisaks peitub Yosemite kogu oma hingemattevas ilus. Pärast Yosemite'i uurimist viige Arch Rocki sissepääs Mariposale, kus ootab võluv kesklinn ja erakordne kuldnokk. Seejärel peatuge Hilmaris, et uurida juustuvalmistamist. Modestos sirutage jalad ainult jalakäijatele mõeldud 10. tänava platsile.

Optimaalne marsruut teid kõigisse 47 rahvusparki

  • See marsruut on 15 758 miili ja see viib teid 11 päeva, 14 tunni ja 30 minuti jooksul otse läbi iga asukoha.
  • Kings Canyon on praegu suletud tulekahjude tõttu, mis praegu California metsi tarbivad, ja seetõttu pole see interaktiivses versioonis kaasatud.
  • Peate sõitma praamiga kolmest rahvuspargist, kuid need juhised viivad teid võimalikult lähedale maismaale.

Lisasime ka paar interaktiivset kaarti. Allolev link näitab teid marsruutidel, mida võite läbida (teie enda tehtud!).

Sellel interaktiivsel kaardil Tableau on näidatud otseliinid igasse sihtkohta ja saate iga rahvuspargi kohta lisateabe saamiseks liikuda iga sihtkoha kohal.

Denver, Colorado Grand Canyoni teekonnale

Päikeseloojang kõrbe vaatepunktis Grand Canyoni rahvuspargis

See reis viib teid 14 000-jalaste tippudeni, punaste kivide kanjonite südamesse, iidsete varemete välisukse, Grand Canyoni äärde ja Colorado kuumaveeallikate noorendavatesse vetesse nagu see.

Alustage Denverist, enne kui suundute lääne suunas Glenwood Springsi. Kaugemal läänes ja lõunas uuritakse iidseid varemeid ja esemeid Mesa Verde rahvuspargi piirkonnas. Tehke rist Arizonasse, peatudes ülikoolilinnas Flagstaffis ja seejärel Grand Canyoni Lõuna-Rimil.

Tagasiteel külastage Farmingtoni osariiki, enne kui suundute Durangosse, et minna ajaloolise rongiga Colorado ühte looduskaunimasse linna Silvertoni. Sukelduge Pagosa kuumaveeallikatesse ja tutvuge Suure Liiva luidete rahvuspargi ja looduskaitsealaga.

Utah ’parkide ja Grand Canyoni ringtee retk

Inglid maanduvad Zioni rahvuspargis

Uskumatud väliseiklused, kuus rahvusparki ja iidsed varemed ühendavad selle kogu eluks.

Alustage Salt Lake Cityst, kus teid võib üllatada käsitööpruulimise stseen ja kui lihtne on sellest linnas ringi liikuda, mida ümbritsevad Suur Soolajärv ja Wasatchi mäed.

Minge edasi lõunasse Moabi poole, kus asuvad Canyonlandsi ja Arches'i rahvuspargid. Sealt edasi peatus Nelja Nurga piirkonnas Blandingi, Bluffi ja Monticello linnades, kus ootavad iidsed varemed, teerajaja ajalugu ja rafting.

Seejärel suunake rattad Grand Canyoni rahvuspargi poole, kus saate külastada populaarset Lõuna-Rimit ja / või vähem külastatud Põhja-Rimit.

Jahutage ennast Arizos asuvas Page'is, uurides Powelli järve kajaki, mootorpaadi või püstise aerulaua abil. Ärge jätke kahe silma vahele 710 jala kõrgust Glen Canyoni tammi, mis lõi Powelli järve.

Seejärel uurige ajaloolist Kanabi linna, kus elavad kunstnikud, rantšod ja sajad filmivõrsed. See on lihtne sõita lähedalasuvatesse Bryce'i, Zioni ja Capitol Reefi rahvusparkidesse, kus ootavad suurejoonelised punase liivakiviga hoodood, tornid, kanjonid ja Slickrock.

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Olen olnud enamiku juures, kuid tahan näha, millistest jäin ilma. Kõigil käinud. 48

Siin on nimekiri kõigist Ameerika Ühendriikide rahvusparkidest, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_parks_of_the_United_States. Loodetavasti leiate need, mida te pole veel külastanud!

Arvasin, et alumisel 48 on 46 rahvusparki. Peab olema kaks uut. Palun kommenteerige.

Tere, Chris!
Tundub, et uusim rahvuspark on Pinnacles, mis loodi 2013. aasta jaanuaris. Järgmised vanimad on suured liivaluited Colorados. Siin on nimekiri neist kõigist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_parks_of_the_United_States, saate neid sorteerida nende loomise kuupäeva järgi. Loodan, et see aitab!

Ma komistasin Pinnaclesi juurde 2014. aasta suvel, kui viibisin Paso Roblesis, CA, veiniüritusel. Kena oli teada, et see on süsteemis nii uus. (Tundub, et meenutan, et siin on Pinnaclesi ida ja Pinnacleti lääs, eks? Ma ei mäleta, kummalt poolelt ma käisin). See park oli nii uus ja vaevalt seal keegi oli. Kuna ma polnud sellest pargist teadlik, ei viinud ma matkasaapaid kaasa, nii et mu jalutamise aeg oli piiratud. Ikka, milline kena kogemus.

ARMASTUS Kevadist mägipiirkonda Nevadas!

See on Nevada osariigi park. Seal on ilus, kuid mitte osa rahvuspargi teenindussüsteemist.

Kas on mingeid hinnanguid selle kohta, kui palju maksaks sellise pikkusega reis?

Olen kindel, et teised võiksid olla üksikasjalikumad, kuid umbkaudne hinnang ainult gaasi maksumusele: 15 758 miili, oletame näiteks 24 mpg (või sisestage siin oma), praegusel riigi keskmisel gaasi hinnal 2,26 dollarit / gal = 15 758/24 * 2,26 dollarit = 1 484 dollarit. Pole räbal, kui te minult küsite. Sõltub teie juhitavast sõidukist (mpg), aastaajast (gaasi hind) ja kohalikest gaasihindadest. Kuid tegur on umbes 5 õlivahetuses kogu tee jooksul!

Öeldaksin, et majutuse, toidu ja päevakulude arvutamine on keerulisem. Kuid majutamine ei pea olema kallis - ööbimine aeg-ajalt 20-dollarise kämpinguga riigimetsades, BLM-is, veoautode peatuskohtades jms (üsna lihtne läände). Nende antud päevad on sirged sõidud, nii et topelt, kui ööd pluss võib-olla kahekordistada, et saada igale saidile päev või kaks lisa (minimaalselt), kulub vähemalt 40 päeva. Ma ütleksin, et saaksite vähemalt pooled neist öödest tasuta teha, teised 20 dollari eest, ehk siis umbes 500 dollarit. Odavam kui mõne inimese kuu üür, eriti kui jagada kaheks või enamaks viisiks! Hämmastav, kui „odavad” (rahaliselt) seda tüüpi reisid võivad olla, arvestades elu rikastamist. Ma arvan, et aja leidmine on suurim takistus!

Vaatame… 15 758 miili (see on 1 052 dollarit gaasi eest)… 11 ½ sõidupäeva (või 35 päeva ja ööd)… 48 parki (või veel 120 päeva 2 ½ päeva pargi kohta)… see on 7750 dollarit toa ja 4,650 dollarit pardal…

See on 13 452 dollarit ja kuus kuud kodust eemal. Nüüd on see maanteeretk!

Wowwee Zowwee! Millise varustuse te sellel reisil kaasa tooksite ?? Nagu ülim välistingimustes kasutatav käigukomplekt… Saime ideid!

Unustate sissepääsutasude maksmise. Kui olete vanem, saate eluaegse kuldse passi, mis maksab 10 dollarit ja sisaldab kõiki sõidukis olevaid reisijaid. Muud kui sissepääsutasud võivad olla palju muud.

Võtsin just rendiautoga 10-päevase maanteeretke Oregoni Idahoost, Utah'st, Coloradost, Uus-Mehhikost, kus viibisin viis päeva, ja Arizonasse, Californiasse ja tagasi Oregonisse, lühikese puhkepeatusega iga kahe järel. tunnid koertele ja majutusettevõtetele Motel 6 ja La Quinta Inns, mis võimaldavad koertele ilma lisatasuta ja minu kogukulud olid pisut üle 1 000 dollari. Võtsin kaasa teleskoopkäepideme ja ratastega püstjahuti ning valmistasin kõik söögikohad mikrolaineahju ja frigiga motellis, kohvikute söögiks oli vaid paar peatust. Järgmine kord teeksin teisiti ainult selleks, et vaatamisväärsuste vaatamiseks rohkem aega anda, mis muidugi lisanduks kuludele.

Teil puuduvad Isle Royals. USA mandriosas väga oluline rahvuspark.

See on seal, lihtsalt vaadake kaarti! Meie algsel kaardil seda polnud, kuna peate sinna praami või lennukiga sõitma, kuid otsustasime selle hiljem lisada.

Kaardil loetletakse Isle Royale'i rahvuspark Michiganis asuvaks Copper Harboriks, mis on linn, kust parvlaev väljub (ja tõenäoliselt ka pargi postiaadressi asukoht). Isle Royale on ilus koht. See on nii puutumatu kui ükski riigi rahvuspark.

Teie nimekiri on puudulik, kuna puuduvad riiklikud konservid ... Suur Küpress Floridas ja Suur Tihnik Texases. Mõlemad on osa rahvuspargi teenistusest.

kui. Meie rahvusparkide, varjupaikade, ajalooliste paikade, mererandade ja metsade täiskohaga vabatahtlik Ma oskan hinnata meie NWR-i, ​​kuid sel juhul räägib ta ainult rahvusparkidest :-)

Aga Valley Forge rahvuspark? Gettysburgi rahvuspark?

Valley Forge on riiklik ajaloopark, Gettysburg on riiklik sõjaväe park. Kuigi kategooriatel on sarnased nimed, pole kumbki rahvuspark, mis on täiesti erinev nimetus.

Magavad karu luited jäeti Michiganist välja. Enne Isle Royale'i suundumist püüdke see Michigani järvel

See on riiklik järverand, mitte rahvuspark.

Magavad karu luited on ühtlasi nii rahvuspark kui ka riiklik järverand.

NPS on määranud, et see on ainult riiklik järverannik. http://www.nps.gov/state/mi/index.htm

Alaska ja Hawaii on täiesti unustatud. Kuigi te saaksite oma autoga Alaskasse praamida, saan aru, et Hawaiil võib see keeruline olla. Me ei saa lihtsalt teeselda, et neid pole olemas! Nad on imelised.

Nad mainisid kirjelduses, et see kaart hõlmab ainult alumist 48 osariiki. Ehkki nad kaardil AK-st ja HI-st mööda lasevad, tunnistavad nad neid ikkagi. 🙂

Nii et teil on mõni park puudu, ükskõik mida. Täname, et tegite nii palju jalga tööd alustades! suurepärane ressurss.

Sama. See on suurepärane ja mõelge, et saaksime selle kõik 11 päevaga korda! Võtaksin endale aega ja jaotaksin selle võib-olla ühe kuu peale, kuid nii tore, et tean, et see on võimalik!

unustasite Oregoni koobaste rahvuspargi ja looduskaitseala http: // www .. = (parim varjatud ja vastamata park kaardil. http://www.nps.gov/orca/index.htm

Oregoni koopad on rahvuslik monument, mitte rahvuspark.

Pärast kõigi 50 osariigi külastamist otsustasin külastada kõiki USA rahvusparke ... polnud kunagi enne seda kaarti Wolf Trapist kuulnud. Teil on veel vaid 4 minna: Arktika suur bassein ja väravad, Kobuki org ja Clarki järv…. lihtsalt imestan, mis number 11 on HI ja AK-s - minu loendis on ainult 8 AK ja 2 HI-s ... vist pean oma rahvusparkide nimekirja uuesti kontrollima .. Olen käinud ka USVI rahvuspargis St John'is ...

See on reis, mille me koos abikaasaga kavatseme võtta täiskohaga töökohtadest üheaastase pensioniikka ja naasta siis koju ja töötada osalise tööajaga nii kaua kui võimalik ... umbes 4 aastat enne reisi ... unistada

Ck out Tin Can Tourist Facebookis ja RVillage.com ning Escapees.com pakuvad suurepäraseid ressursse avatud raja (tee) löömiseks.

Soovitame kindlasti saada National Geographicu rahvuspargi raamat, mis annab suurepäraseid soovitusi aastaaja kohta, kus ööbida ja mida igas pargis teha. Tegime seda 2010. aastal ja sellest oli abi

Käinud kõigil muudel kui kolmel NP-l USA mandriosas, mõned neist HI-s ja AK-s, kõik lahinguväljal NP, paljud rahvuslikud monumendid. Meie rahvuspargid on selle riigi pärl. Peame nõudma, et kongress toetaks neid kõiki meid ja meie tulevasi põlvkondi. Sooviksin praegust kaarti, kus oleks kirjas kõik NP-d. Nad loovad aeg-ajalt uusi. Plaanite RV-reisi järgmise suve hilisõhtul ja loodan, et kolm allesjäänud saab.

Miks ei sisalda teie marsruut Michigani parke?

Tehniliselt on Michiganis ainult üks rahvuspark… kust me oma nime saame - Isle Royale! Oleme pärit Michiganist ja armastame riiki väga. Me ei petaks oma koduriiki kunagi!

Kuidas saaksite jätta pildil olevad kaljud või magava karu välja? Miks sõita otse läbi Michigani ilma nende peatusteta!

Mitte tehniliselt rahvuspargid, vaid National Lake Shores. Me ei petaks kunagi oma Michigani aardeid. Mitte kunagi!

Rahvuspargi teenistuse 59 rahvuspargi nimekirjas pole lavakunstiamet Wolf Trap NP üks neist. See on loetletud kategoorias Muu nimetus. Samuti Neitsisaarte ja Ameerika Samoa rahvuspargid.

Rahvuspargi teeninduse hallata on üle 400 üksuse.

Viiskümmend üheksa üksust on RIIKLIK PARK, neist 47 on 48 külgnevas osariigis. Veel 8 asuvad Alaskas, 2 Hawaiil, 1 Ameerika Samoas ja 1 USA Neitsisaartel.

Enamik pargiteenuste üksusi ei ole pargid: rahvusmälestised, rahvuslikud kaitsealad, rahvuslikud ajaloolised paigad, rahvuslikud ajaloolised pargid, rahvuslikud mälestusmärgid, riiklikud lahinguväljad, riiklikud kalmistud, riiklikud puhkealad, riiklikud mererandid, rahvuslikud järvekaldad, riiklikud jõed, rahvuspargid ja rahvusrajad. Need nimetused moodustavad osa saidi nimest, näiteks Lahe saarte riiklik mererand, Picked Rocksi riiklik järverand, Obedi looduslike ja looduslike jõgede jõgi, Fort Vancouveri riiklik ajalooline paik, Stone Riveri riiklik lahinguväli, Shiloh'i sõjaväe rahvuspark jne.

Need pole vähem huvitavad ega olulised kui rahvuspargid, nad lihtsalt ei pea vastama pargi kriteeriumidele. Kutsun teid üles külastama kõiki neid, samuti arvukaid avalikke maad, mida haldavad teised föderaalsed ja osariikide ametid. Meil on arvukalt avalikke maad, mis ootavad vaid nende avastamist.

Olgu, võtan maha oma turismi arendamise mütsi ja ütlen, et ARMASTAN meie NPS-i süsteemi ja olen missioonil külastada kõiki oma riigimaade ämbrite nimekirja. Olen sellesse nimekirja üsna mõlgi teinud, kuid neid on veel palju minna. See kaart on väga kasulik tulevaste reiside kavandamisel.

Samuti peate Junior Rangeri voldikuid tegema, kui külastate. Saate ühikust tõeliselt hea ülevaate, samuti on teil seda mõnus teha. Ärge unustage, et olete vannutatud ja oma märgi kätte saanud

Hankige ka rahvusparkide pass! Igal pargil on oma pargi jaoks tempel (või 2 või 3 või 4 !!). Margil on pargi nimi ja külastuse kuupäev. Passikirjas on lehed kõigi riigi piirkondade kohta. See on lõbus viis meelde KÕIK kohad, kus olete käinud.

Tänan teid selle nimekirja ja marsruudi koostamise eest! Salvestan seda kui oma unistuste reisi, mida võimalikult kiiresti teha, kui oleksin võimeline leidma kedagi, kes oleks minust sama entusiastlik, et sel korral sõita!

Pole probleemi! Meil on hea meel, et armastate seda! Kokku panemine võttis palju aega ...

Jumal ja ma külastasin tema loomingut oma Harley's. Florida Gulf Shores'i mererannast kuni I-10 kuni Yosemiteni, põhja pool kuni Olympuse mäeni, tagasi läbi Badlandsi, mööda loodet minu Floridasse. 6 nädalat, 33 parki ja 7000 miili. Olen valmis kaaspiloodina uuesti minema jumalaga…

Delaware jõe rahvusparki pa / nj-s ei ole loendis.

Ärge unustage, see on riiklik puhkeala

Säästetud minut on minut ja see aitab kokku hoida töötunde!

Mis saab Great Smoky Mountains'i rahvuspargist Cherokee lähedal, NC?

smokey mäed on sellel kaardil

Kas pole hämmastav, kui paljud inimesed tahavad lihtsalt teile eksida?

Mul on hea meel näha, et keegi teine ​​seda mainis. Ma mõtlesin sama asja. On hämmastav, kui kriitilised inimesed on, selle asemel, et lihtsalt hinnata. Ma arvan, et see on fantastiline!

See on üks põhjusi, miks meie kongress ei saa koos töötada.
Nii paljud inimesed on lihtsalt negatiivsed. Ma arvan, et enamik neist ei taha isegi neid rahvuslikke aardeid näha. Neile meeldib kritiseerida teiste pingutusi.
Nautige kõiki teekondi, hoolimata nende võtmisest! Namaste

tegime selle reisi 2010. aastal. töö lõpetamine võttis aega 4,5 kuud. pinnacles polnud kohal ja polnud kindel, milleks see kunstide NP teie lisatud oli, kuid polnud sellest teadlik. Eepilise reisi 80-dollarine rahvuspargi aastapass. http://www.drivetopark.com

Kui saate, siis soovitan seda väga. Hämmastav kogemus. Meie riik on ilus!

Pole võimalik! Mis oli su lemmik?

Yosemite! Teised lemmikud Mt Rainier, eriti Paradiisi piirkond (olen sellest piirkonnast pärit, kuid vannun, et see on tipptasemel), läheduses asuvad Yellowstone, Arches ja Bryce, Carlsbadi koopad, Glacier, kus me karusid nägime 😉 Kraateri järv on ka hingekosutav!

Kui olete 62-aastane, on rahvuspargi eluaegne pass ainult 10 dollarit! 🙂

Yellowstone, vanim ja parim

Suur tänu selle loendi eest. Ma mõtlen, kui palju neid kriitilisi plakateid neid paiku tegelikult külastab.
KA FYI, kui olete puudega, saate eluaegse pääsme tasuta.

Milline suurepärane ressurss ... aitäh !!

Igal ajal! Vaadake varsti uuesti, järgmisel nädalal avaldame uue kaardi / infograafika.

“Kuid teguriks on umbes 5 õlivahetust!” Põhimõtteliselt ei muutu õlivahetus juhul, kui kasutate sünteetilist õli AMSOIL Signature ja see parandab üldiselt ka teie miraaži. Suurepärane marsruudi planeerimine. Minu Beemer K1200GT jaoks ämbriloendis. OnlineMotorOil.com

Täname rämpsposti eest.

Miks Buffalo rahvusjõgi ja park pole selles nimekirjas? Asub Arkansase põhjaosas

Buffalo jõgi on rahvusjõgi, mitte rahvuspark. Kuid see on ikkagi naeruväärselt fantastiline, lihtsalt erinev nimetus.

Olen huvitatud õppimisest, mida mitte RV-tüüpi sõidukid on inimesed selle imelise seikluse jaoks kasutanud, eriti neid, kellel õnnestus oma sõiduk kohandada nii, et see hõlmaks mõnda aega magamist. Ma tahan vältida võimalikult suurt majutuse maksmist, kuid ma ei taha telkida. Tahan selle reisiga aega varuda.

Kasutame laiendatud kabiini Doge Ram 1500, kohandatud pikendatud kõrgusega ülaosaga, mis on vooderdatud vaibaga ja libistatavate küljega varjestatud / toonitud akendega. Sellel on öösel sisenemiseks mõeldud uks ja kogu tagapaneel avaneb, pakkudes pigem vihma või varju eest varjualust, mitte tagaluuki. Meil ​​on lame lahtikäiv jalgadega laud veoauto voodist välja tõmbamiseks. Lisasime USB päikeseenergia laadimisjaama, päikeseventilaatori, ledvalgustuse, laes oleva võrgu riiete hoidmiseks ja tumedate kardinate jaoks. Kasutame õhu magamispatja ja mäluvahtkatteid, mis rulluvad vastu tagumist akent (voodipesu komplektis). Varustusse on meil kaks väikest vanni, üks kuivade kaupade, kalapüügivahendite, laagritoolide, koerapeenra, jahuti ja riiete jaoks. Eemaldasime tagumised istmed ja sinna tõusis koeravoodi / koer, püügivahendid, jahutite ja ühepäevareiside asjad, ülejäänud varustuse panime öösel esiistmetele. Meie laboratoorium Vinney võib veoauto kabiinis (kui lükandklaasid on täielikult avatud, veeklaas ja ventilaator) viibida mugavalt kaks või kolm tundi, ehkki me ei võta teda kinni, kui veedame NP-s rohkem kui kolm päeva. Eelmisel aastal veetsime kolm nädalat maanteel Grand Tetonis, Yellowstone'is ja Glacieris, ööbisime National Forest hajutatud kämpingus, NP laagriplatsides (kämpingu dušid), ühe ööga hotellis raviks kesksõiduks. Töötab suurepäraselt, me ei pea tegelema vagunelamute vaeva ja suurenenud kütusekuluga ning see on kõva külg (meil Velcro kannab ukse pihustit). Teeme rutiinselt palju kolme- ja neljapäevaseid reise.

Varem on keegi mõelnud, kuidas selline reis maksab. Oleme teinud mitu pikka mootorrattamatka ja 2 ostetud söögikorraga päevas, hotellides keskmiselt 100 dollarit pluss gaasi- ja muud kulud, on hea keskmine hind 1000 dollarit iga 1000 miili kohta. Selle eelarvestamiseks on kindlasti ruumi.
7000 miili Texasest Maine'i ja tagasi, 31 päeva umbes 6500 dollari eest. Läheme aeglaselt, võtame kõik kohad sisse ja ööbime peaaegu igal õhtul teises hotellis.
Rahvuspargid on alati nimekirja tipus. Kasutame kindlasti teie kaarti. Aitäh.

Viimase paari aasta jooksul on MI põhjaosas asuvast Keweenawi maakonnast saanud “rahvuspark” ja kui ei, siis mis rahvuslikuks see on muutunud? Kõik vanad hooned, kalmistud jne on kodeeritud. Minu vanaisa hauakivi Calumeti põhjaosas asuvas Ahmeeki piirkonnas rüüstati juba mitu aastat tagasi nagu paljud teised. USA 41 lähedal on uus valge tara, kus see asub. Suur osa kõrgest rohust on maha raiutud ja nüüd on Lilly org õitseb koos metsamarjadega. Ei läinud kaua, kui suutsin seda oma tütrele näidata, nagu see on olnud varasematel UPi külastustel. Mul oli ringkäik vanas Calumeti keskkoolis, kus mu vanemad lõpetasid. See on tõeliselt imeline koht, kus kõigi uute kaasaegsete seadmetega kooli minna. Kõik põrandad ja kirjutuslauad on lihvitud ja värvitud, väga kenad. Mul on imelised mälestused puhkusest, kus külastasin kõiki oma sugulasi seal. Juuni

NPSi järgi on see riiklik ajaloopark. http://www.nps.gov/state/mi/index.htm

Mõni inimene - sealhulgas ka mina mõnda aega - on segaduses

tänan teid selle imelise ressursi eest nii palju. Tahan neid kõiki külastada ja teie olete selle töö ära teinud

Te jäite ilma USA ja Michigani parimatest parimatest, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park!

“Optimaalne marsruut teid kõigi 48 rahvuspargi juurde”. Ma ei usu, et… andke mulle teada, kuidas see sõit vulkaanide rahvusparki (Hawaii suurele saarele) kulgeb.
Igas rahvamassis on ALATI LÄHEMALT ÜKS.

Kirjelduses öeldakse selgelt, et nad jätavad HI (ja AK) just sel põhjusel välja.

Kõigile, kes kommenteerivad, et postitus "jättis" rahvuspargi siia või sinna vahele: rahvusparkide süsteem koosneb 408 ühikust, kuid ainult 59 on konkreetselt rahvuspargid. Teised on rahvusjärved, monumendid, ajaloolised pargid, jõed jne. Sellegipoolest võib ainult rahvusparkide õige löömine viia mõne Ameerika lahedama bituumeni vahele. Kui plaanin oma parki vaatama minna, uurin alati, mis on läheduses, ja proovin pääseda nendesse kohtadesse, mis pole võib-olla saanud parkide määramist (mõnikord on need muljetavaldavamad kui parkid ise). Hea näide on Wind Cave'i rahvuspark ja Jewel Cave NM SD-s. Mulle meeldis Jewel Cave tõesti rohkem kui koobas, kuid parke nimetatakse mõnikord nende ajaloolise, kultuurilise või ökoloogilise tähtsuse tõttu selliseks. Ühesõnaga, Ameerika on fantastiline, vaata sellest võimalikult palju!

See on vähemalt 60-päevane reis, et veenduda kindlasti naudimises!

Ok, olen valmis!
Olin naine, ema, nüüd saab vanaemaks 47-aastaselt. Viimati võtsin samalaadse reisi ette siis, kui isa pani mulle aega ja raha, et mind ja mu peret üle maa viia. Ma olin väga õnnelik tüdruk. Mu abikaasa on oma elu jooksul käinud vaid vähestes kohtades ja ma tahan, et ta seda ka ise kogeks.
Mul on RV ja jätan äsja. Tahaksin selle täpse reisi ette võtta, iga päev aja ja kuluga päevikusse kirjutada ning kõigile teada anda!

Kindlasti ootan teie ajakirja lugemist, Christy!

Ma just müüsin oma kodu ja ostsin selle reisi tegemiseks RV-d. Alustan seda reisi kevadel. Teie kaardist on abi.

Kas võtsite selle reisi ette? Kas teil on tagasisidet, teadlikke asju, kommentaare?

Mu tütar, kes on 22-aastane, külastas koos sõbraga paljudel neist rahvusparkidest ja nautis põhjalikult oma reisi üle Ameerika, ehkki väga väikese eelarvega. Parim suvepuhkus! Soovin, et teie nimekiri oleks avaldatud enne 🙂

Tere! Huvitav, millal oleks optimaalne aeg selle reisi jaoks? Suvi? Oleme alati tahtnud minna Michiganis Isle Royale'i, kuid oleme kuulnud, et mõnikord on see väga lollakas. Ma eeldan, et on ka aegu aastas, et vältida ka teisi parke. Kas olete leidnud, et selleks on parim aeg?

Keegi mainis kommentaaris 13 raamatut, mis tundus olevat just see, mida te otsite.

Suur tänu selle ressursi eest! Lõpetasin oma töö ja võtsin selle eelseisva aprilli jaoks ette seikluse. Ei jõua ära oodata.

Kas saate meid endaga kaasa võtta, por favor ??

Oota, ma ei näe Great Smoky Mountaini rahvusparki. Milline on kõige külastatum rahvuspark kõigist ... Võib-olla otsin midagi üle, aga ma ei näe seda marsruudil. Keegi seadis mind otse.

Teadsin, et oleksin pidanud enne kommenteerimist rohkem uurima ... näen nüüd, vaatasin valet kaarti ega suutnud kommentaari kustutada

Pennsylvanias on 18 rahvusparki. Kas lähete mõnda neist? Peaksite kaaluma Valley Forge'i parki.

Kui NPS-i katusel on PA-s 18 asukohta, siis PA-l on null, mis vastab „rahvuspargi” tähistusele.

Aitäh - suurepärane ressurss! Mõnede kommentaaride põhjal näib, et teie rahvusparkide kaart on tekitanud huvi teistes kaardikategooriates: rahvuslikud looduskaitsealad, rahvuslikud ajaloolised kohad ja rahvuslikud mererannad !!

Hei Fergus! Töötame praegu põnevate uute kaartide ja pakettide kallal. Täname kudede eest ja olge kursis.

Kaks minu kallimat sõpra ja mina tegin 75% sellest reisist, kui me ülikooli lõpetasime. Eepiline reis 4-ukseses Acura-s, ilma ühegi jahedama telgi telkimiseta, kui me poleks linna lähedal, kus me kedagi tundsime. Külastasime koos loodusparke looduslike mererandadega jne. Hämmastav. Üks minu kõigi aegade lemmikkogemusi. Lahkusime Ohledist Toledost ja läksime põhja üles ja Üles ja Uinuvate Karude luidetesse, kuni Üles ja vau. Lihtsalt vau. See oli 1997. aastal ja ma ei vahetaks seda kogemust millegi vastu. 3 kuud õndsust, võtsime aega ja armastasime seda. Aitäh jagamast!

OKEI. Muidugi, need kõik suurepärased kohad. Kuid see nimekiri jätaks teid 348 piirkonda häbelikuks, kui näete rahvusparkide süsteemis kõiki 409 piirkonda, jättes välja palju imelisi ja hämmastavaid kohti. Meie pereloendis öeldakse, et peame jõudma veel umbes 250 kohta, enne kui saame öelda, et oleme süsteemi näinud.

Suurepärane. Jätka! Ma olen kade.

Iga võimalus, et teete uue kaardi ja sisaldab kõiki kategooriaid, mida teised on maininud - ma mõtlen, et kui teete reisi - tahaksin neid näha KÕIKI!

See on minu unistuste reis! Vähemalt on mul kagu juba kaetud. Kui mul oleks oma koertele pardale lubamiseks vastuvõetav alternatiiv, siis oleksin täna selle imelise kaardiga teel! Nüüd hüüdke rahvuspargi rändurite klubi veebisaidilt, kust leiate kinnipidamisena neisse parkidesse ja teistele NPS-i saitidele sõitvate inimeste väärtuslikku teavet. Kui te kogute neid, tembeldamise kohti värskendatakse samuti pidevalt. Täielik juurdepääs veebisaidile on umbes viie dollari suurused liikmemaksud aastas (ma ei mäleta, mida ma maksin) ja see on väärt investeering.
Kriitikutele on see 48 madalama osariigi parkide täpne kaart. Praegu on kokku 59 rahvuspargi tähistusega ala, millest mõned asuvad Alaskas väga kaugetel ja mõned üle vee, näiteks Ameerika Samoas ja Püha Johannese VI piirkonnas.

Ma võtan selle tagasi, Wolf Trap (Washington DC lähedal) pole rahvuspark, ehkki nimest võib järeldada, et see on, kuid see on loetletud kui “muud nimetused”. Kui ma oleksin sellel reisil, ehitaksin paljudesse teistesse saitidesse , eriti rahvusmonumendid, millel on sarnased tunnused nagu parkidel.

Neil inimestel jäi paljudest rahvusparkidest, rahvuslikest monumentidest ja maailmapärandi nimistutest puudu, et see pole isegi naljakas.

Nad jäid isegi Homestead National Monument NE-i. See on väga oluline NM.

Ma ei kasutaks seda kaarti kindlasti ühegi näitena rahvusparkide teekonnast ... .Jätte mõned väga olulised kohad vahele.

Nagu PALJU inimesi on artikliks osutanud WELL-ile, on see kaart AINULT 48 külgneva USA rahvusparkide jaoks.

EI ole ajaloolised pargid
EI ole rahvusmonumendid
MITTE rahvuslikud mererannad
EI ole maailmapärandi paiku (hea lein)
MITTE midagi muud, mis pole lihtsalt “rahvuspark”.

Kui olete õnnetu, looge palun oma kaart, et tuhanded asjatundmatud inimesed, näiteks teie ise, saaksid seda vabal ajal kuvada. KThx

Ma armastan sind kaardil, tänu selle koostamise eest. Kuid kus on kaardil Isle Royal National Park, see koht on fantastiline! See on saar järvedega saar

See on seal! Kust sa arvasid, et me oma nime saime ?? : lk

Suurepärane kaart! Meie pere on külastanud paljusid rahvusparki, monumente, järvekallasid jne. Ma tahaksin seda reisi proovida. Täname, et tegite sellel marsruudil jala tööd. Ma ei jõua ära oodata, et seda ühel päeval proovida!

Aeg seista silmitsi selle suurepärase inimnoatforiga relvastatud muusikaga.

Suur tänu, head tööd!

“Tegi” idaranniku eelmisel sügisel (90 päeva) tagasi lennates Augusta aprillis 2016, et võtta RV üles ja sõita läände - 4 kuud !!

Te jäite kahe Mississippi pargi vahele. Vicksburgi riiklik sõjapark ja Natchez Trace Parkway, mis on pikim rahvuspark.

ja teil jäi koolis lugemisest arusaamine puudu.

Täname, et leidsite aega selle kaardi koostamiseks. On ilmne, et paned sellesse palju armastust ja kirge, ajast rääkimata. Loodan, et võtan oma lapselapsed sellest mõne versiooni. Olen piisavalt nutikas, et googeldada, mis on meie sisenevatel aladel, ja mitte mingil juhul oodata, et te mainiksite iga mõeldava nurga, võra ja rahvuslikku asja, mis lihtsalt ei pruugi olla park.

Sa oled ilus rad. Suur tänu lahkete sõnade eest. We’re currently working on creating some exciting new maps and working with partners. Stay tuned for some ultra sweet happenings!

Now I feel studpi. That’s cleared it up for me

I would interested to see the ‘Every state’ map and this map out together. I feel if you are already going out an epic trip like this you should go that extra mile of you would. 😉 let me know if you make that one. This one is amazing- definitely one of my Wanderlust goals!

Ok, Molly, we’ll bite! Can you elaborate slightly more?? Love the idea!

There are 46 National Parks in the lower 48. I don’t know what the other 2 you mention would be. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is not a national park, nor is Copper Harbor, MI – it is a gateway to Isle Royale.
We just did all 46 in the lower 48, along with a number of national monuments, historical sites, and battlefields. Check out our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/portabellajourney

I would so do this Road Trip. I have been dreaming about this for years and now here it is right in front of me. This has got to be an omen.

Great you took the time. One of the best things I’ve seen on the internet. Makes me angry so many people post negative shit in my opinion.

Mark, you are correct. I just saw the posting on my Facebook feed today. I took the time to read the whole thing comments and all. Sad that some folks posted negative comments or tried to point out errors that were not, in fact, errors. I guess they just didn’t read before commenting. I live just blocks away from the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. There is a NPS sign in front but the home is a SITE not a PARK.

Thank you so much for this map. I just saw the posting on my Facebook feed today. I read the entire thing including the comments. Looks like some folks posting negative comments didn’t bother to read the post. In 2012, I took what I called the Great Western Trek. I was a recent retiree and had received an invitation to a wedding outside of Missoula, MT. With the help of AAA I planned a 30-day road trip that took me from Cincinnati, OH to Santa Fe, NM then up through Colorado and Utah to Montana. (After the wedding I continued west to Vancouver, BC, then down the Pacific coast to Portland, then headed east to Ohio). I was able to visit several National Parks, Monuments and Sites including Arches, Canyonlands, Craters of the Moon, Yellowstone, Glacier, the Olympic Peninsula, the Badlands, Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, Devil’s Tower and others. I stumbled upon the Minute Man Missile site which I believe was a brand new site at that time. I used my own car and put about 5,000 miles on it. The next time I plan on checking out those smaller RVs to save on motels.

Not to rain on any parades but I noticed inaccuracies in numbering/math and locations on the map.

The O.P. is correct in that there are 59 “National Parks.” However, the written number 48 (for the contiguous United States – because 11 were subtracted) is incorrect and differs from the 47 locations found on the map (47 is the proper number of “National Parks” in the contiguous U.S.).

59 total “National Parks”
– 2 in U.S. territories (America Samoa and Virgin Islands – excluding for same reasons as AK/HI)
– 2 in Hawaii
– 8 in Alaska (making Alaska/Hawaii 10, not 11 as stated)
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47 National Parks in the contiguous United States (including three “islands” that may not be accessed by car – Channel, Royale, Dry Tortugas)

As stated earlier, the map has 47 locations but one is actually NOT a “National Park” (Virginia has two map indicators but only has 1 official “National Park” – Shenandoah). However, Kings Canyon in California was omitted from the map which would make up the missing 47th location. I thought this was perhaps due to it being closely grouped with Sequoia but Grand Teton and Yellowstone have their own indicators respectively.

I did enjoy this post very much so please don’t think I’m trying to come down on the original poster. Hopefully my “corrections” are welcomed (and correct – pretty positive they are).

You are correct! I mistakenly included Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts when making this as I saw ‘National Park’ in the title. I also excluded Kings Canyon as at the time there were wildfires and it was closed, thus Google Maps not letting me add it to the itinerary. Thanks for letting me know, I will update this map accordingly. PS – I appreciate the time you took to research this!

We visited 10 National Parks and 3 national Monuments, in 15 days a few years back. In order Yosemite NP, Devils Post Pile NM, Great Basin NP, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Monument Valley NM*, Capitol Reef NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Zion, NM, Escalant-Grand Staircase NM, Grand Canyon NP, Sequoia NP and Kings Canyon NP. All were visited by car except Monument Valley, which was where we turned around on our airplane ride over Canyonlands.

FYI – ALL units of the National Park System are national parks, that means there are currently 409 national parks. Their designations may be National Park, National Seashore, National Military Park, and on and on. Even National Monuments administered by the National Park Service are national parks. The name of a unit is decided by the US Congress (unless it was created by use of the 1906 Antiquities Act, then its a National Monument). So, please know that the folks in the gray and green uniforms are caring for all 409 parks, not just a few of them.

Once you finish visiting all the “National Park” designated national parks, go check out all the “National Battlefield” and “National Historical Park” and all the other sites. Every one of them is special in their own way. The trick is to get out and enjoy your parks. #FindYourPark

On the wikipedia page for the US National Parks it says this.

“Other units of the National Park Service are sometimes incorrectly referred to as national parks, they are listed here.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_parks_of_the_United_States

It does become confusing with this wording. Feel free to edit it on wikipedia though if you believe it’s wrong!

KT
FYI – you are incorrect.
All units of the National Park Service system, are exactly that, UNITS of the NPS. They are not National Parks, which is a specific sub-category. There are 59 National Parks, and a total of 412 units (I’m assuming you haven’t updated to include Stonewall, I’m not sure which other two you are missing). There are also affiliated areas, as well as National Heritage Areas, the National Trails System, and National Wild & Scenic Rivers System which all have some oversight by the NPS. However NONE of these are “National Parks.” Only the 59 areas specifically designated as actually being “National Parks” are such.

Yes, the other areas are certainly worth checking out. As a NY resident, I don’t have any National Parks in my state, but I have some very wonderful NPS units, including the Statue of Liberty (National Monument), Niagara Falls (National Heritage Area), Fire Island (National Seashore) and Sagamore HIll (National Historic Site). And I’ve been to all of them. As a matter of fact, my NPS “Bucket List” started off as seeing all my NPS sites within my home state, not seeing all 59 National Parks, although it now has expanded to include that.

All the units are interesting in their own way — that’s why they are part of the NPS. They simply aren’t all “National Parks.”

Once you finish visiting all the “National Park” designated national parks, go check out all the “National Battlefield” and “National Historical Park” and all the other sites. Every one of them is special in their own way. The trick is to get out and enjoy your parks. #FindYourPark

Wow, lots of great comments and ideas. I have been on a 8 month road trip which has included 13 states and 38 National Parks, Monuments, Battlefields, etc… I am doing it in a RV on a budget of approx. $1600/month. I don’t have motel costs or the restaurant costs. I have food costs which amount to approx$7.00/day. Fuel costs, well you can figure that out at 8 mpg. My camping costs average $15 per night. One cost that I haven’t seen on the posts in Park Entrance fees, which range from Zero to $25 per park. Unless you have one of the associated park passes.
I would recommend that anyone who wants to do this trip, buy a rv or trailer and take you time.

OH yea, get yourself a National Park Passport for less than $10. It includes all the parks etc… Don’t forget to get your cancellation stamps.

Come join me on Cosmos Tours “National Parks and Canyon Tour” …….it’s 13 days out west. I took this trip in 2006 and now, 10 years later I am headed back. White water rafting, strolling in Cody Wyoming’s Wild Bill Hickox’s museum, a covered wagon bar-b-que in Jackson Hole, gazing at the Hoodoo’s in Bryce Canyon NP…..are but a few of the fun things we do on this trip. Come Along.
Michael D. Mosley, Author of Memoirs of A World Traveler 20 Years” Amazon

This is pretty Clever, but its too bad you chose to exclude Alaska, and heres why, more than half of the US National Park acreage is in Alaska.

Essentially, your route is excluding -MOST- of the National Parklands in the Country.

Sure Alaska Parks are remote, but in terms of Wildness, and preservation of Natural and Cultural resources, Alaska Parks are bigger, more pristine, wilder, and better preserved than any lower-48 parks you can think of. They have fewer visitors, smaller NPS administration per acre, less development, (I.E. roads, buildings, NPS infrastructure) more wildlife, etc. In this regard, you could argue that Alaska maintains the -best- National Parklands in the country. Excluding Alaska is like missing the whole point of the National Parks.

You can get into the National Parks for free if you have a fourth grader with you. 😉

I don’t know whether this has been mentioned already but The Golden Age Pass is the best financial investment I have ever made. I urge all seniors who are eligible to get one, or at least one per family.

People who are disabled can get a free lifetime pass as well.

Thanks for all the work you’ve put into this labor of love! Our family has been exploring the parks since my children were 2 and 5 years old (they are now 31 and 34) and the National Park Pass, at $80 per year, is not only a worthwhile investment put a ticket to paradise. My husband and I now have our Golden Age passes (affectionately known as ‘geezer passes’) and are hoping to visit the final handfuls of NPs remaining on our ‘to do’ list this spring (Death Valley, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Pinnacles, Joshua Tree, Carlsbad and Saguaro). I would encourage everyone who loves and cherishes these gems to make contributions to the National Park Foundation or the other various foundations set up to help individual parks (Yellowstone, Shenandoah, Acadia, etc.) since the system has been badly underfunded for decades. If you’re an Amazon shopper, you can sign up for Amazon Smile and a portion of each purchase will be donated to the charity you choose… the National Park Foundation is on that list. Also, although making the trip in one grand sweep may seem tempting, taking the time to hike more than a couple hundred feet from the parking areas will never disappoint. Simply sublime! One more thing, if you are blessed with the opportunity to visit Glacier NP and have some extra time, the Garden Wall Trail along the continental divide from Logan Pass is superb. Although out of the country, the four Canadian National Parks that straddle the Divide (Yoho, Kootenay, Banff, and (much farther north) Jasper are worthwhile destinations for outdoor experiences as is Waterton Lakes NP

But where is Indiana Dunes National Park.

Indian Dunes is a National Lakeshore, not a National Park. This trip only encompasses the National Parks in the lower 48 states.

Thank you for your hard work in creating this map! I have seen many of these beautiful places, but not others, so will definitely make use of this map.

I cannot believe how many stupid people have commented on this article… lol Holy cow, you morons! The guy says it’s a national park map – and you yahoos are sniping at the guy for not adding crap that ISN’T considered a national park. Sorry you’ve had to endure so many dumb people, man! Nice job on putting the map together. Rest assured, there are still some of us (It’s a minority anymore) but some of us that still know how to read and aren’t complete idiots.

Day 1: Phoenix To Moab Through Monument Valley

I met up with my friends at their home in Phoenix and prepared to depart for our trip. We drove in a convoy of 2 cars, making transporting 6 people and their equipment a breeze. Tire pressures were checked, fuel was topped off, and snacks were carefully packed away for later use.

Seeing The Sights In Monument Valley

Today is a big driving day up to Moab, so we broke it up with a stop through Monument Valley, which is about 5 hours north of Phoenix. Monument Valley is extensively filmed and you may recognize it from everything from John Ford classics like The Searchers kuni Forest Gump kuni Transformers: Age of Extinction. I’ll make a full writeup of Monument Valley (and the rest of the Utah National Parks!) soon, but for now, this was just a scenic stop on our way to the main attraction, Moab!

The Mittens of Monument Valley.

Late Evening Arrival in Moab

Since we stopped to check out some scenery on the way, we made it into Moab pretty late in the evening. Thankfully, we were in time to catch a beautiful sunset at the Wilson Arch just outside of town. Sitting right off highway 191, the Wilson Arch is a great photo op with an easy climb to the top and a beautiful, well-formed arch setting the tone for the upcoming visit to the first of the Utah National Parks on the itinerary: Arches. After the Wilson Arch we stopped by a local BBQ place where we stuffed ourselves silly with delicious dishes before we left to check ourselves in to the hotel for the night.

The Wilson Arch makes a great sunset photo spot!

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Majutus: Aarchway Inn, Moab

Maksumus: $161/night for 3 nights

Lisamärkmed: Although it’s not right on the main drag in Moab, this is one of the closest hotels to the entrance of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Rooms were comfortable and it was a great base camp.

Lower Budget Alternative: Inca Inn

If You’re Feeling Fancy: Red Cliffs Lodge

Acadia National Park – Maine

  • Take a trip to the highest point on the United States East Coast and see the wonders that the Atlantic coastline has to offer. Acadia National Park is well known for its beautiful landscapes and beaches, along with great hiking and scenery. Historically, it is the first eastern national park. To gain access to the park, there is a small entrance fee, and 80 percent of the proceeds go to the park and the upkeep and reparation of other natural and cultural resources. Some holidays, such as National Public Lands Day (September 22), and Veterans Day (November 11), the parks are open to the public for free!
  • Nearby national park road trip ideas:
    o Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
    o Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio (deep forests and rolling hills along the “crooked river”)
    o Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
    o Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota (contains rocks half as old as the world along amazing water routes − a voyageur’s adventure!)

Big Bend National Park – Texas

  • The great state of Texas houses an amazing national park, known for its variety of wildlife – all kinds of cacti and a large variety of bird species live there. For this park, there are also fees for camping and visiting, and you can buy a year-round pass for $55! You can hike, walk, or paddle through this great park, or drive up and stargaze at night! According to the National Park Service, “Here you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States.”
  • Nearby national park road trip ideas:
    o Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas (highest point in Texas!)
    o Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
    o Hot Springs National Park, Kansas (soothing thermal waters that helped build a thriving city around the hot springs – “The American Spa”)
    o Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky (longest cave system known in the world!)

Everglades National Park – Florida

  • Road trip to Florida to see the famous everglades. Some animals you may see while visiting the Everglades, aka the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, include manatees, crocodiles, and even the mysterious Florida panther! Here you can even fish in the national park waters and enjoy other activities like boating and hiking. Or have a fun family event like geocaching – an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS tracking to locate items and spots to check out! You can journey through the land however you please, but I think the main attraction is the dense, plant-filled waters that house so many different wildlife species.
  • Nearby national park road trip ideas:
    o Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
    o Biscayne National Park, Florida (aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs – wildlife history from pirates to present day)
    o Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida (open water with a strand of seven small islands, only accessible by boat or seaplane)
    o Congaree National Park, South Carolina (largest tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States!)
    o Virgin Islands National Park, St. John – Virgin Islands (breathtaking beaches, hills, and valleys, with thousands of years of history of communities based on land and sea survival)

Glacier National Park – Montana

  • Near the valleys of the Canadian border, along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, you will find the Glacier National Park hidden within the Rocky Mountains. You can ride your bike, walk or camp through its 700 miles of hiking trails alongside some of the amazing wildlife, such as mountain goats, but watch out for the grizzly bears! The park is referred to as the “Crown of the Continent,” known for its pristine and mighty mountains, meadows, forests and lakes. Entrance is free on certain holidays. Park passes last seven days, so you can re-enter the park any time during the week. During the winter, the entry fee is a bit cheaper, and you can go cross-country skiing or enjoy the beautiful snowy scenery. (If road tripping in the winter, remember to check the weather before you leave and prepare for winter driving conditions.) This land is a true wonder, having been inhabited by humans dating back over 10,000 years.
  • Nearby national park road trip ideas:
    o Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
    o Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
    o Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
    o Badlands National Park, South Dakota (contains one of the richest fossil beds with ancient mammals such as rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat)
    o Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota (one of the longest and most complex caves in the world with beautiful waters and hiking opportunities)
    o North Cascades National Park, Washington
    o Olympic National Park, Washington (home of Mt. Olympus and dramatic peaks of old-growth forests)
    o Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Day 2: Arches National Park & Canyonlands Sunset

Be sure to get an early start today to beat the crowds at Arches! Try to get to the visitor center when they first open at 8 or 9 am, depending on the time of the year. If you don’t already have one, it’s best to purchase a National Parks Annual Pass for only $80. It covers everyone in your vehicle (up to 4 adults) and it saves a lot of money compared to what you would pay to enter each individual park. Plus you can use it to visit almost any other park in the USA (not just Utah National Parks!) for the next year!

Once you enter the park, get a map and figure out what plan works best for you. We allotted 2 days for Arches so we had some flexibility in our schedule. For the first day, we headed straight to the Devil’s Garden at the end of the road. This area has some of the toughest parking in all of Arches, so getting here early is a plus.

The massively long Landscape Arch.

After hiking to the Landscape Arch, we also stopped by the Skyline Arch, Sand Dune Arch, Broken Arch and Fiery Furnace Viewpoint before heading towards the Delicate Arch area. For the Delicate Arch, you can choose to do the 2-3 hour, 3 mile round trip hike directly to the Delicate Arch from the Wolfe Ranch parking area, or hike 500 feet to the viewpoint from the other parking area.

As much as I lobbied for the full hike, some of my present company was less enthusiastic to do so. Thankfully, if you hike to the upper viewpoint, you can walk straight to the edge of the canyon for some really nice views of the Delicate arch.

The Delicate Arch, as seen from the Upper Viewpoint.

Heading out of the park we paid a quick visit to the Balanced Rock before heading to Canyonlands for sunset. Canyonlands is one of the less popular Utah National Parks, but you would be remiss to skip it. The park itself is enormous and the small preview I got in an evening was certainly enough to whet my appetite for more. Almost every stop offers massive, sprawling views of majestic canyons. Luck was not with us that evening as we had an overcast sunset, but I still thoroughly enjoyed seeing what the park had to offer.

You can hike right to the end of the platform and let your feet dangle over the edge of the canyon.

Day 3: Arches National Park

Today is a great opportunity to fill out the rest of Arches National Park and see what you didn’t have time for yesterday. With the profoundly dry environment, you’ll have to watch out for too much sun exposure and heat exhaustion with all of that hiking you’ll be doing.

Unless you’re us, that is.

Remember that overcast sunset from yesterday? It was the precursor for a huge rainstorm today, but we didn’t let that ruin our fun. We put on our wet weather gear and headed out to the park again! Today we concentrated on the Windows Section of the park.

First stop for us after parking was the Turret Arch, which is a great and scenic spot to climb around. If you’re lucky enough to get rain like we did, be sure to watch out for slippery rocks. From there you can stay on foot and explore the North and South Windows before walking to my favorite, the Double Arch.

The scenic (and slippery!) Turret Arch.

You first notice it looming in the distance like some gigantic abandoned spacecraft. As you continue down the trail towards it, the sheer presence of the Double Arch becomes apparent with its tall, smooth arches reaching out to swallow you up as you pass under them. It’s a great experience walking underneath the Double Arch and you can get some great shots if you bring your wide-angle lens with you.

The massive and imposing Double Arch.

By now the steady rain became a massive downpour, so our waterlogged group piled in our cars and headed back to the hotel to dry off, marveling at the newly-formed waterfalls that were cascading down every face of the park.

Day 4: Moab To Bryce Canyon

Hooray, another driving day is here! Today we head to Bryce Canyon, the second in our series of Utah National Parks. It’s about a 4.5 hour drive from Moab to Cannonville, which is Bryce Canyon’s nearest major town.

This viewpoint is very near the Sunset parking lot.

Once you reach your destination, head right into Bryce Canyon and enjoy your afternoon walking along the rim of the amphitheater. If you have time, I recommend parking at Sunrise Point and walking along the rim to Inspiration Point and back, where you’ll get magnificent views of the amphitheater to get you excited for your extended hike tomorrow. If you’re short on time or energy, you can park at Sunset Point to save yourself some time, or even head straight to the Inspiration Point parking lot if you want the abbreviated version.

The Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, as seen from Inspiration Point.

Yosemite National Park – California

  • A famous park set within the Nevada mountains. Experience an amazing hike among redwoods and enjoy river rafting, bird watching, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more. Great for a family adventure.
  • Nearby national park road trip ideas:
    o Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
    o Redwood National Park, California (old-growth temperate rainforest containing some of the tallest trees on earth)
    o Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
    o Kings Canyon National Park, California
    o Pinnacles National Park, California
    o Sequoia National Park, California
    o Channel Islands National Park, California (consists of five of the eight Channel Islands and their ocean environments, located off the coast of California)
    o Joshua Tree National Park, California

Day 5: Hiking Among The Hoodoos

I often hear that people recommend spending half a day at Bryce Canyon, and it blows my mind. This was my second favorite of all the Utah National Parks (behind Zion) and unless you dedicate at least one full day to it, you won’t even see the first hint of what this beautiful and unique park has to offer.

Some hiking friends heading down the Queen’s Garden Trail at the start of the Figure 8 Loop.

The Figure 8 Loop is one of the most comprehensive hikes in Bryce Canyon, and while it may be strenuous it is full of spectacular scenery. It runs almost 9 miles and has nearly constant elevation changes, especially once you reach the Peekaboo Loop. You’ll feel like Indiana Jones as you wind your way down twisted paths deep among the hoodoos. Be sure to take the most southern path at the end to go through Wall Street where you’ll be surrounded by steep walls all around you. The Figure 8 Loop starts at Sunrise Point and drops you off at Sunset, so remember that you’ll have a 1/2 mile hike at the end to reach your parking spot.

Descending into (or ascending out of) Bryce Canyon’s Wall Street.

At the end of the Figure 8 Loop, be sure to give yourself a pat on the back and reward yourself with a beautiful sunset and a frosty beverage of your choice, you’ve accomplished and seen a lot today!

Death Valley National Park – California

  • Known as “the ghost town with colorful rocks,” Death Valley is a below-sea-level basin with extreme heats and some snowy peaks that make it a land of extremes. This point of land is the lowest elevation in North America, giving it some of the driest, hottest weather in the country. Despite the name, a great amount of wildlife inhabits the park, from wildflowers to exotic fish. This is a great scene to hike through, just make sure to bring water!
  • Nearby national park road trip ideas:
    o Death Valley National Park is practically next door to Yosemite. See our “Nearby” national park recommendations for Yosemite National Park, above.

Olympic Peninsula Loop Road Trip

Sol Duc Falls and Bridge in Olympic National Park

Circle the national park on this ultimate tour of the Olympic Peninsula with a stop at Cape Flattery the northwest-most point in the continental U.S.

After taking the ferry, visit Washington's northern port towns. Then make a side trip across the water to Canada's Victoria, known for its gardens, beaches and museums.

Head back to the U.S. 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.

On the loop back, stop in a small town know for its oysters and a giant octopus.

Chicago to Nashville and Great Smoky Mountains Road Trip

Sunset in Cades Cove, a pioneer town in Great Smoky National Park

Lee Coursey via Flickr

Laula On Top of Olde Smoky on your incredible journey into the South’s top attractions and best-kept secrets in this 670-mile road trip that begins in Chicago and leads you to the nation’s most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Find an underground surprise in Louisville, Ky. long known for its legendary Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby and the longest continually running sporting event in the country.

After coming up for air, hit the road and point your wheels toward Nashville, the country western capital. A trip to Nashville is not complete without immersing yourself in its vibrant music scene. After all, the city boasts “free music all the time.”

A pit stop in Knoxville, Tenn, puts you just a short distance from a cabin retreat on the quiet edge of the most popular national park.

Day 6: Bryce Canyon To Zion National Park

Get excited, today you’re heading to my absolute favorite of the Utah National Parks (and maybe even of all the US National Parks): Zion. It’s an easy 1.5 hour drive from Cannonville to the East Entrance of Zion. There is no parking available inside the park itself unless you are staying at the Zion Lodge, so enjoy the scenery and look out for Bighorn Sheep as you weave through the park towards the Visitor Center parking area. Depending on where you are staying and how late you arrive, it may be easiest to drop your vehicles and bags at your hotel in Springdale and take the bus to Zion as the Visitor Center parking lot fills up VERY quickly.

This Bighorn Sheep posed majestically just for me.

Use the rest of your day to hike around the park and get a taste for what it has to offer. One fun activity is heading to the last stop on the bus, the Temple of Sinawava, where you stroll down the Riverside Walk to the beginning of The Narrows. Watch dozens of hikers wade through the river on their way back from a very wet hike. If you want to do the Narrows, like Angel’s Landing, it’s best to start first thing in the morning on a fresh day.

Cool off in this waterfall along the Emerald Pools trail.

Some other easy first day sights include the Emerald Pools, Court of the Patriarchs, Weeping Rock, The Pa’rus trail and Grotto Trail. Today is for getting your first taste of Zion and letting your first impressions sink in. Enjoy the sights and don’t stay out too late, you’ve got an early start tomorrow!

Chicago to Dakota's Black Hills to Yellowstone Road Trip

White Dome Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

It's an all-American road trip: Pioneer legends, natural wonders and wildlife await on this 2,800-plus mile route.

Start in Chicago as your first stop on this incredible route through some of the nation's most stunning prairies, wide-open skies and gorgeous mountain peaks.

From Chicago head west, stopping at the Akta Lakota Museum to discover northern Plains Indian history. Then head to the iconic Wall Drug in South Dakota and Badlands National Park. Beyond lies Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D., hot springs in well, Hot Springs, S.D., and two national parks that give you a rare glimpse into the underbelly of the Earth: Wind Cave and Jewel.

Come up for air and head to Custer for Broadway-caliber performances and wildlife viewing at nearby Custer State Park. Then head to the Crazy Horse Memorial, the largest monument carving in the world. This sculpture of Oglala Lakota Chief Crazy Horse is still under construction. Head to Deadwood to walk cobblestone-lined Main Street and to see Wild West reenactments. In Hill City, you'll ride The 1880 Train and in Belle Fourche, you can tour a museum and relax under shaded trees.

Alternate routes

If you decide to drive back instead of catching a flight, spend the next two or three days pressing eastward, stopping to visit a few more nation parks and forests. The George Washington and Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia, and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border, for example, are great options.

And while the suggested route starts in the Northeast, there are endless variations of this trip, depending on where you live. For travelers based on the West Coast, consider beginning at Olympic National Park and working your way to Glacier, Yellowstone and the Tetons before heading east.

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Mesa Verde National Park – Colorado

  • Colorado contains some of the best preserved “works of man” – ancestral Puebloan archeological sites from AD 600 to 1300. The Mesa Verde National Park houses nearly 5,000 archeological sites, being the best preserved and most notable in the United States, along with 600 cliff dwellings. This park is on the less-expensive side, with access to the site costing only $15 per vehicle, good for seven days. The main attraction for this exhibit is to tour or explore the ancient American grounds, learning about early North American history. You can visit the nearby Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum to learn even more, or take a guided tour through the national park.
  • Nearby national park road trip ideas:
    o Canyonlands National Park, Utah
    o Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado (holds some of the steepest cliffs, oldest rock, and craggiest spires in North America, all sculpted by nature for over two million years)
    o Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
    o Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
    o Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona (contains the Red Basin and is located in the Navajo and Apache counties of northeastern Arizona)
    o Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Wrangell – St. Elias National Park – Alaska

  • If you find yourself journeying to Alaska this summer, a stop by this park will be worth your while. With some of the freshest blue waters, white snow, and green grass among Alaskan mountains, you are sure to be amazed not only by the volcanoes, glaciers, and wildlife, but also the large diversity of animals ranging from tundra to rainforest creatures. Alaska.org recommends visiting Alaska between May 10 and September 15, but points out that the weather can still be unpredictable during this time. Do your research and be prepared for different driving conditions.
  • Nearby national park road trip ideas:
    o Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska (land and sea where some of the ice age lingers)
    o Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska
    o Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
    o Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska (aurora-lit night skies, endless trails through glacier-carved valleys, and some caribou migration trails!)
    o Denali National Park, Alaska
    o Katmai National Park, Alaska (includes an active volcano landscape surrounded by important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears)
    o Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

Victorville

Beyond San Bernadino's historic Arrowhead Springs Hotel and Spa lies Victorville, where the first two drafts of "Citizen Kane" were written. Movie buffs may recognize scenes around town from "Lethal Weapon," "Face/Off" and "Kill Bill, Vol. II."

Day 7: The Big Hike

Get up early and drink your coffee, today’s the day you do the big hike of your choice. The two hikes that warrant getting up this early are Angel’s Landing and The Narrows. Angel’s Landing is famous for its steep ridge with 800 foot drops on one side and 1200 foot drops on the other, with only a 2 foot wide ledge to stand on in places. It makes for an incredibly dramatic view and hiking experience. The Narrows is a longer hike through the Virgin River that takes you through dramatic slot canyons and up to waist-deep water at certain points, so come prepared! Between the two, I prefer Angel’s Landing for it’s incredible scenery and adventurous climb, but the choice is yours.

Drive in to the Zion Visitor center half an hour before the first shuttle leaves into the park, which is at 6 or 7 am depending on the time of the year. Snag your spot in line as soon as you get there and patiently wait for the bus to arrive. When the bus pulls in to the stop, hop aboard and head to your hike! For Angel’s Landing, you’ll be getting off at The Grotto, and for The Narrows you’ll be exiting the last stop, Temple of Sinawava.

If you choose to do The Narrows hike, it can be a full day affair depending on how far into the canyons you decide to go. In the case of Angel’s Landing, you’ll only be busy with it for 3-4 hours total so you can enjoy some other hikes the rest of the day. On the day I hiked Angel’s Landing, I elected to spend the rest of the day exploring other trails in the park.

Your reward at the summit of Angel’s Landing.

One I highly recommend that makes a great follow-up to Angel’s Landing is Hidden Canyon, which also has sections of paths along sheer cliffs to keep the adrenaline surge you had this morning going for the rest of the day! Spend the remainder of your afternoon ticking off the other hikes on your list and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Zion.

The sheer cliffs of Zion’s Hidden Canyon hike.

Barstow

Just up the road is Barstow, home of the Casa Del Desierto (an old Harvey House hotel) which now houses the Route 66 Mother Road Museum. The local Chamber sponsors an annual sandcastle contest in the dry riverbed across from the Harvey House.

Day 8: Slot Canyons And A Giant Horseshoe.

Get up bright and early and say your goodbyes to Zion, because you’re heading down to Arizona today. You’re done with the Utah National Parks and are now ready for a small taste of what Arizona has to offer! It’s a fairly easy 2 hour drive from Zion to Page with little traffic. The first thing to do once you arrive in Page is to book your Antelope Canyon Tour.

The winding path through Lower Antelope Canyon.

Antelope Canyon is a series of slot canyons famous for the magnificent colors the walls produce. There are two different sections, upper and lower. I HIGHLY recommend the lower canyon, as it only has one way traffic (people go both directions on the upper) and it is less crowded, even though tour groups still book fully throughout the day.

For Lower Antelope Canyon, you’ll need to book through one of two companies, and Ken’s Tours is the only one listed anywhere. It’s best to drive there directly and speak with the person in charge of booking directly to find the best time slot for you. Choose whether you want a Photo Tour (more expensive, longer, and tripod is required) or a regular tour (no tripods allowed, but photography is welcome). I did the regular tour and got great shots, but if you’re looking for the best possible photo ops without needing to bump up your camera’s ISO, then book the photo tour. You can rent a tripod for it if you don’t have one with you.

It’s easy to get incredible shots anywhere in Lower Antelope Canyon.

After your slot canyon tour, make sure you leave time to head to Horseshoe Bend for sunset. It’s just a bit south on Highway 89, and be sure to leave earlier than you think you should. It gets crowded at sunset and the sun disappears pretty quickly.

The crowd at Horseshoe Bend at sunset.

Thankfully, the iconic shot you always see of Horseshoe Bend is a very easy shot to get, provided you have a wide enough lens. There is plenty of room for everyone there to find a spot and enjoy the view, and everyone seemed happy to share the space when I was there. It truly is a stunning view to behold and the perfect way to top off your Utah National Parks road trip.

You’ve all seen the wide shot before, so here’s one with me in it for a change.

Calico

Just east of Barstow is the old silver mining town of Calico. About a third of Calico's original buildings still stand, the remaining structures have been carefully reconstructed to capture the Old West spirit.

Mojave National Preserve

Beyond the Cady and Bristol mountains lies the Mojave National Preserve, featuring sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers. At 1.6 million acres, it is the third-largest administrative unit in the National Park Service, with opportunities to hike, backpack, camp, horseback ride and four-wheel.

Six miles southwest of Baker, Calif. on I-15, you can visit Zzyzx, home to the California State University Desert Studies Center. Three of the four major North American deserts are found at Mojave National Preserve: the Mojave, Great Basin and Sonoran.

Day 9: Heading Home

That’s it, pack it up, it’s time to head home! If home isn’t too far away, spend the morning on Lake Powell with a boat tour and check out the Glen Canyon Dam. Otherwise, pack up and enjoy your drive home, it was an amazing trip I’m sure you won’t soon forget.

Las Vegas

Next stop is Las Vegas, billed as "The Entertainment Capital of the World," known for gambling, shopping and fine dining. The most famous hotel casinos are located on Las Vegas Boulevard, otherwise known as "The Las Vegas Strip."

Las Vegas has a bunch of museums, including two dedicated to "the Mob" gangsters that launched gambling in the city. There are also museums dedicated to the fine arts, automobiles, magic, the Air Force Thunderbirds, erotica, natural history, mining, African-Americans, neon signs, aviation, archeology, jewelry, Liberace, the Anasazi, Guinness Book of Records, outdoor sculpture, Native American artists, Hoover Dam, the atom bomb, and that doesn't even count the galleries and antique shops. Kuule!