Why the National Parks? It allows you to have a plan to see the United States most rugged, natural, pristine, and incredible bodies of land, water, wildlife and pure awe that they have to offer. Visiting all 61 of the US National Parks would take you to American Samoa (a five hour flight from Honolulu), above the Arctic Circle to a park with no roads or trails, a former Civil War prison two hours on boat from Key West, and I haven’t even started to mention the mountains, forests, geysers, and wildflowers that you would get to experience along the way.
A visit to all 61 of the US National Parks would get you to visit small towns, big cities, and see most of America in the process. You’ll get to tent camp, stay in isolated cabins, and even be with more people than you would ever care to be around at some of the most crowded National Parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite.
It’s a gateway towards discovery, adventure, and perspective of all the different cultures that reside within the United States.
It’s also an affordable way if you have a large family to get out on the open road in the summer and connect on a trip you won’t soon forget. The road trips we took as kids still reside in my memory and were what led me to want to have the quest to visit all of these National Parks.
61 pins is all it takes. Do you have it in you?
And in case you are curious as to where to get started on visiting a few National Parks here is the short list of my 10 Favorite National Parks I have visited so far out of the 49 along with a quick tidbit as to why.