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#Vanlife 59 National Parks Trip U.S.A

Our Route – National Parks Road Trip

Most of you probably already know about my current road trip, but for those of you who don’t… I am on an epic 7 month road trip to all 59 US National Parks! Matthew and I are partnering with Drink Evolve to help spread the word about their awesome new plant-based protein drink, and they couldn’t have picked a better place to send us right?! GoWesty hooked us up with a rad ’88 Westfalia van, Ruby, and we are having the time of our lives exploring this gorgeous country.

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Our 7 month road trip started in April and will finish in late October. We are passing through 39 states, 2 US territories, taking 26 flights and driving roughly 25,000 miles.

I have had so many of you ask about our route so I thought I would share some detailed maps (see below). We have currently explored 19/59 parks, with our next stop taking us to Virgin Islands National Park (I couldn’t be more excited!)

We have been posting mini guides to each national park on the Drink Evolve website.
Check them out here!

For reference, we started in Zion National Park > explored the southwest > headed east > south to Florida > onto the US Virgin Islands > up the east coast > across the northwest > down into the Rockies > northwest to Alaska > down the west coast > Hawaii > and lastly American Samoa.

Click on the maps for an enlarged view!

LOWER 48 PARKS

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SOUTHWEST PARKS – IN DEPTH

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VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK

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East COAST PARKS – IN DEPTH

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ALASKA PARKS

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WEST COAST PARKS – IN DEPTH

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Hawaii & American SAmoa PARKS

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Maps courtesy of the amazing Kayleigh Rust. Check out her work here


DISCLAIMER – MATTHEW AND I ARE PARTNERING WITH DRINK EVOLVE & GOWESTY FOR THIS ROAD TRIP. ALL OPINIONS ARE OF COURSE UNBIASED AND HONEST. ALL PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN BY AND ARE OWNED BY RENEE & MATTHEW HAHNEL.

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  1. So amazing Renee! Love waking up in the morning to see what incredible place you guys have been checking out. Although, it does make it tough to head into work and focus on super fun stuff like assessment, marking & report cards when I see where you are – especially when you visited the Dry Tortugas. Enjoy it and keep the posts coming xx

  2. Wow! What an intense itinerary! It looks like both a ton of fun and a ton of work. I hope you guys are keeping in good spirits. 🙂 I live in northern AZ and seeing that crazy squiggle around the SW really drives home just how many parks I live near–many of which I still need to go to! <3

    I can't wait to see your pics from Shenandoah–my old stomping grounds. :')
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  3. I’ve been following your adventures since earlier this year (I discovered you through suggested users on Instagram!), and I’m so excited to hear that you plan on visiting all 59 National Parks here in the US! My husband and I have been to a few, and visiting as much as many National Parks whenever we travel is always on top of our itinerary! I cannot thank you enough for sharing this! Cheering you on as you complete all 59 National Parks! 🙂
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    1. Hi Mindy! The map does show all the Alaska National Parks. Try clicking on it and you should be able to zoom in a little more. I will be posting about my experience in Alaska so stay tuned!

  4. I have been following your roadtrip on Instagram and I love your photos so much. The editing is flawless and you are so talented! I am heading to Lake Tahoe in a couple of weeks and I am so excited as it is supposed to be beautiful.

  5. This is AWESOME!!! We love road trips. You are literally doing it all. I love how you have broke down your trip. I look forward to following your adventure!

  6. This is amazing! I would love to do something like this. I’m from the US originally (I’ve been living abroad for a few years), and I have travelled to about half the states. Somehow I have only been to 2 of the national parks though which surprised me! Just the Grand Canyon and Zion. I will be back in the Boston area next month to visit my family, so I definitely want to try and visit a couple of the northeast national parks!

  7. This is such an epic adventures! I really enjoyed seeing your route, it looks like you are covering tons of ground during the months on the road.

  8. This is such a GRAND road trip!!!!! I’m planning one for September as well – maybe not to all 59 parks – but definitely keeping this in my bookmarks. BTW, love your photos! Recently stumbled across your page on Instagram and was in awe. Glad I checked out your blog and thanks for sharing!!

  9. Damnit Renee this is gorgeous! Makes me so itchy right now haha. My big vanlife trip is planned for next year, including the US, so this is really helpful for some route planning – thanks 🙂

  10. Oh my gosh, this is seriously epic! I can’t wait to see all of the photos from every. single. park. We want to (eventually) get around more of the US – when we have a chunk of time we can take off so we can truly explore – and this is serious US dreams! I’ll definitely be checking out your mini guides!

  11. Such an amazing post and what a great way to discover the US! I’m glad you decided to start with Southern Utah, because it tends to get SUPER hot during the summer months! I love the Virgin Islands National Park, so I hope you will too! Can’t wait to read your review!

  12. You are truly talented Renee, your photographs are so inspiring. I’ve been following you on instagram for a while but have just discovered your blog! I’m thinking of visiting some of the south-west parks next Spring. Apologies if you have covered this question somewhere else, but do you pre-book the campsites you plan to stay in? Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Ishia, thanks so much! Sorry I only just saw your comment. We pre-booked our campsites for the more popular parks like Yosemite etc. but just did walk-in sites for the quiet parks. I think if you can pre-booking is always best! 🙂