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10 days ago
5/10/08
Posts: 46864

Considering A Trip To Visit All The National Parks in the Lower 48.

Anybody here ever done this?

Here’s the full list of national parks in order (if you follow the loop):
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Everglades National Park, Florida
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Biscayne National Park, Florida
Congaree National Park, South Carolina
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Acadia National Park, Maine
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Arches National Park, Utah
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Zion National Park, Utah
Great Basin National Park, Nevada
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Glacier National Park, Montana
North Cascades National Park, Washington
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Olympic National Park, Washington
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Redwood National and State Parks, California
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
Yosemite National Park, California
Kings Canyon National Park, California
Sequoia National Park, California
Pinnacles National Park, California
Channel Islands National Park, California
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Death Valley National Park, California
10 days ago
5/10/08
Posts: 46865

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.  A more realistic timeframe is double that. Could be longer depending on if you want to stop at different locations for a while along the way.

10 days ago
4/1/10
Posts: 59879

Nice!

What will you be driving? Will you be camping at all?

10 days ago
11/17/10
Posts: 49390

Sounds dumb

 

Waste of time

 

At least brung a wifi hotspot device with you...connection is horrible at those fn places

 

10 days ago
11/13/14
Posts: 4459

Missed 1. Indiana Dunes NP.

10 days ago
2/22/13
Posts: 2788

That sounds awesome actually.  Wish I could take a few months off and do that.  Maybe I'll fake a cancer diagnosis so work has to let me off for a while.

10 days ago
5/10/08
Posts: 46868
Zned - 

Nice!

What will you be driving? Will you be camping at all?


Still in the very early planning stages...

Would consider a nice RV or something.... 

If it was solely up to me... would prefer going simple (with camping) and staying in regular hotels/motels along the way.

10 days ago
4/2/08
Posts: 10369

very cool...I would just do Carls bad Caverns and everything west and north of that one...but you will find interesting stuff at all of them im sure.

My family owns this place if you go to Hot Springs

http://quapawbaths.com/

10 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 14541
Bison are friendly, they love being petted
10 days ago
12/13/09
Posts: 2524

You may want to consider an "America the Beautiful Pass". 

 

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

 

"A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free."

10 days ago
5/10/08
Posts: 46869
jbbarne - 

You may want to consider an "America the Beautiful Pass". 

 

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm

 

"A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free."


Great... thanks for the link...

10 days ago
4/1/10
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10 days ago
4/20/17
Posts: 6640

Unless you visit the National Monuments and National Historic Parks, you're cheating. And missing a ton of interesting stuff.

10 days ago
5/10/08
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densefog - 

Unless you visit the National Monuments and National Historic Parks, you're cheating. And missing a ton of interesting stuff.


Damn... you are right...

Will probably have to pick and choose to realistically do something like this...

10 days ago
11/17/10
Posts: 49396

Time each visit to minimize your inevitablr contact with litterbug foreign tourists that piss you off so bad you just want to run them off a cliff

10 days ago
5/10/08
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In Limbo - 

Time each visit to minimize your inevitablr contact with litterbug foreign tourists that piss you off so bad you just want to run them off a cliff


10 days ago
7/20/08
Posts: 6753

Sounds fantastic. 

10 days ago
11/5/03
Posts: 21535

All of them? Not even close. But I've spent at least a little time in about a dozenish 

Do it. 

10 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 96439

This is a fantasy of mine; win the lottery, buy an RV and tour the country.  

Good luck, and hope it works out.   If it does, you better post a lot of pics and vids here. 

10 days ago
12/10/09
Posts: 15063

I don’t know if all those are worth the trouble, but the 11 I’ve visited sure were. 

10 days ago
11/17/10
Posts: 49402

the florida nationals parks make this trip a bit too much...and the 3 parks in florida are pretty much the same type of shit, no elevation, swamp/marsh/brackish/water based stuff

really cool and biodiverse, just redundant and out of the way

10 days ago
1/1/01
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Kwang - 

Missed 1. Indiana Dunes NP.


This.

 

10 days ago
1/1/01
Posts: 35364
In Limbo - 

the florida nationals parks make this trip a bit too much...and the 3 parks in florida are pretty much the same type of shit, no elevation, swamp/marsh/brackish/water based stuff

really cool and biodiverse, just redundant and out of the way


I was going to add something to this effect. You could do the whole list just to do it or you could be selective and pick the best/most diverse parks.
10 days ago
4/20/17
Posts: 6644

I have a friend that has stood on the highest point in 42 states so far. (Alaska yes, Hawaii no)

10 days ago
8/31/18
Posts: 1082

I see your phone also does the thing where it capitalizes the first letter of every word