Map Shows the Ultimate U.S. National Park Road Trip

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U.S. National Park Road Trip

If exploring the breathtaking beauty of our National Park System in one road trip is something on your bucket list, this may be the perfect map for you.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, blogger Randy Olson devised an optimal route to see the most epic national parks across the nation.

The U.S. National Park System technically consists of 59 parks, but 12 of them are in Alaska, Hawaii and other U.S. territories. This road trip is focused solely on those you can reach by car in one trip within the Continental 48.

Even with the reduction of the parks outside the Lower 48, Olson included 47 others along his route that stop in 23 different states. If you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Joshua Tree or any of the other great National Parks, this may be the best way to see them in one shot.

Those determined to finish the trip can do so in approximately two months. The route covers 14,498 miles. Olson starts his trip at the Grand Canyon, but he designed the route as a loop, so you could begin anywhere on the map and travel in whichever direction you’d like.

Here’s the full list of national parks in order and a visual of route:

U.S. National Park Road Trip
Randy Olson/Google Maps

The Stops

  1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  2. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
  3. Saguaro National Park, Arizona
  4. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
  5. Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
  6. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
  7. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
  8. Everglades National Park, Florida
  9. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
  10. Biscayne National Park, Florida
  11. Congaree National Park, South Carolina
  12. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
  13. Acadia National Park, Maine
  14. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
  15. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
  16. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
  17. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
  18. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
  19. Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
  20. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  21. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
  22. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
  23. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
  24. Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  25. Arches National Park, Utah
  26. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
  27. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  28. Zion National Park, Utah
  29. Great Basin National Park, Nevada
  30. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  31. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  32. Glacier National Park, Montana
  33. North Cascades National Park, Washington
  34. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
  35. Olympic National Park, Washington
  36. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
  37. Redwood National and State Parks, California
  38. Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
  39. Yosemite National Park, California
  40. Kings Canyon National Park, California
  41. Sequoia National Park, California
  42. Pinnacles National Park, California
  43. Channel Islands National Park, California
  44. Joshua Tree National Park, California
  45. Death Valley National Park, California

This post was originally published on June 16, 2017.

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