Our Route To All The US National Parks In 7 Months

In 2017, my husband and I road tripped to all 59 US National Parks with Evolve and GoWesty. It took us 7 months, 25,000+ miles of driving, 26 flights, and countless trails hiked. Along the way we passed through 39 U.S. States, 2 U.S. Territories, and drove some of the most beautiful roads in the country.

Our road trip started in April and finished in late October. I have had so many of you ask about our route so I thought I would share some detailed maps (see below).

In brief, we started in Zion > 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 ended in American Samoa.

Note – since our trip, another national park was added to the list – Gateway National Park in St. Louis, Missouri – making 60 total  We will update our park blog posts once we get a chance to visit, but for now this is based on the 59 National Parks that were designated as of 2017.

Our Route To All 59 US National Parks In 7 Months

AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS – ALL 59 RANKED BEST TO WORST - ZION NATIONAL PARK

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 partnered with Drink Evolve and GoWesty for this road trip. All opinions are of course unbiased and honest. All photographs owned and taken by Renee and Matthew Hahnel.

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In 2017, my husband and I road tripped to all 59 US National Parks with Evolve and GoWesty. It took us 7 months, 25,000+ miles of driving, 26 flights, and countless trails hiked. Along the way we passed through 39 U.S. States, 2 U.S. Territories, and drove some of the most beautiful roads in the country.

Our road trip started in April and finished in late October. I have had so many of you ask about our route so I thought I would share some detailed maps (see below).

In brief, we started in Zion > 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 ended in American Samoa.

Note – since our trip, another national park was added to the list – Gateway National Park in St. Louis, Missouri – making 60 total  We will update our park blog posts once we get a chance to visit, but for now this is based on the 59 National Parks that were designated as of 2017.

Our Route To All 59 US National Parks In 7 Months

AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS – ALL 59 RANKED BEST TO WORST - ZION NATIONAL PARK

Click on the maps for an enlarged view!

LOWER 48 PARKS

National-Park-Road-Trip-Lower48-Route-Renee-Roaming

SOUTHWEST PARKS – IN DEPTH

National-Park-Road-Trip-Southwest-Route-Renee-Roaming

VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK

National-Park-Road-Trip-Florida-Route-Renee-Roaming

East COAST PARKS – IN DEPTH

National-Park-Road-Trip-East-Coast-Route-Renee-Roaming

ALASKA PARKS

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WEST COAST PARKS – IN DEPTH

National Park Road Trip - Renee Roaming

Hawaii & American SAmoa PARKS

National-Park-Road-Trip-Hawaii-Route-Renee-Roaming

More National Park Posts

America’s National Parks – Ranked Best to Worst

15 Least Crowded National Parks & Why You Need To Visit Them

The 15 Most Underrated National Parks in America

The Best National Park in America? A Guide to Lake Clark National Park

Olympic National Park Adventure: 24 Hour Getaway from Seattle

Guide to Great Smoky  Mountains National Park

 

Follow our journey!

Instagram@reneeroaming@matthewhahnel

FacebookRenee RoamingMatthew Hahnel Photography

Twitter@reneeroaming

 

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

Disclaimer – Matthew and I partnered with Drink Evolve and GoWesty for this road trip. All opinions are of course unbiased and honest. All photographs owned and taken by Renee and Matthew Hahnel.

Renee Hahnel

Hi! My name is Renee and I'm an Australian photographer, blogger & travel addict. I now call the U.S.A home but you can usually find me wandering the globe with a camera in hand ✈ Let's get lost!

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42 Comments

  1. Sam on May 24, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    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. Suzanne on May 25, 2017 at 12:06 am

    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. :')

    • Renee Hahnel on May 30, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Suzanne! The SW was such a blast – you are very lucky to live so close to such natural beauty!

  3. Jae x SCATTERBRAIN on May 25, 2017 at 12:58 am

    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! 🙂

    • Renee Hahnel on May 30, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Thanks so much for following our journey 🙂

  4. Mindy on May 25, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Can you please do Alaska in depth? Love your posts and your travels xx

    • Renee Hahnel on May 30, 2017 at 10:17 am

      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!

  5. Jackie on May 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    This is so epic. I’m so jealous of those Alaska NP visits.

    • Renee Hahnel on May 29, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Thank you! I think they are going to be some of the best parks!

  6. Julie on June 4, 2017 at 10:03 am

    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.

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:10 am

      Thank you so much for following along Julie! You will love Lake Tahoe, I can’t wait to get back!

  7. Christina on June 4, 2017 at 10:28 am

    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!

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:13 am

      Cheers Christina! It’s definitely a busy trip but also a lot of fun!

  8. Cali on June 4, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Oh my God. This is epic. Thank you for such an excellent resource. My dream is to visit as many National Parks as possible. I look forward to following along with your journey!

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:16 am

      Thank you Cali! I am so glad you found it useful!

  9. Tracy on June 4, 2017 at 11:27 am

    What an amazing itinerary. This trip sounds wonderful!

  10. Jean on June 4, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Wow what an epic adventure. Perfect time to see these wonderful national parks before they are gone.

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:21 am

      I couldn’t agree more Jean. Another reason to protect them as much as possible!

  11. Leah on June 4, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Wow, this sounds like such a rad adventure! My bf and I have a camper that we plan to travel our little corner of the US in (the Pacific Northwest) but eventually, we’d like to upgrade to a van. Something about that van life…

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:23 am

      Thanks Leah! I hope you guys can make it happen 🙂 Great blog post by the way, I can totally resonate with it!

  12. Christie on June 4, 2017 at 11:46 am

    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!

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:27 am

      Thanks Christie! I hope it inspired you to see some more parks – they are so worth it!

  13. Sara on June 4, 2017 at 11:51 am

    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.

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:29 am

      Thanks Sara! We are definitely trying to :p

  14. Jas @ My Suitcase Journeys on June 4, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    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!!

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:34 am

      Thank you so much Jas! Good luck with your September road trip!

  15. Christina on June 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    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 🙂

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:41 am

      Thanks Christina! How exciting – good luck on your vanlife adventures!

  16. Angela on June 4, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    What a dream of a trip! I love the national parks, and you’re in for an adventure 🙂

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:44 am

      Thank you Angela! It sure has been an adventure so far 🙂

  17. Cynthia on June 5, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Oh wow, this sounds like so much fun! I would love to do a road trip like this one day!

  18. Kelly on June 5, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    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!

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:48 am

      I really hope you can make that happen Kelly 🙂

  19. Rachelle on June 5, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    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!

    • Renee Hahnel on June 7, 2017 at 1:54 am

      Thanks so much Rachelle! Virgin Islands National Park was insane! I definitely rate it super highly 🙂

  20. Agness of aTukTuk on June 9, 2017 at 3:17 am

    I would love to do this road trip soon, Renee! Your post was so motivational!

  21. Ishia on September 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    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 🙂

    • Renee Hahnel on November 12, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      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! 🙂

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Renee Hahnel

Hi! My name is Renee and I'm an Australian photographer, blogger & travel addict. I now call the U.S.A home but you can usually find me wandering the globe with a camera in hand ✈ Let's get lost!

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