How to Plan a road trip to 51 US National Parks

How to Plan a road trip to 51 US National Parks

Imagine setting off on an epic road trip through the United States, with 51 of the country's 63 stunning national parks as your destination. From the stunning natural beauty of Yosemite National Park to the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Grand Canyon, this trip promises to be an unforgettable adventure.

As you travel more than 16,000+ miles through the 48 contiguous states, you'll have the opportunity to witness some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world, including the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the sweeping vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains, and the sparkling waters of the Florida Keys.



Along the way, you'll have the chance to participate in a variety of exciting outdoor activities, from hiking and climbing to bird watching and wildlife viewing. You'll also have the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the places you visit, from the ancient civilizations that once inhabited the Southwest to the pioneering spirit of the American West.

To help you plan your trip, Loomis Travel has put together suggested directions that you can follow, starting from any point nearest to you. You can even customize the route to suit your specific interests and travel style. Just keep in mind that the national parks in Alaska and Hawaii are not included in this trip. So why wait? Start planning your dream road trip through America's national parks today!

The parks included in this trip are the following.

  • 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
  • White Sands National Park, New Mexico
  • Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
  • Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
  • Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri
  • Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana
  • 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
  • New River Gorge National Park, West 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



Road trip packing tips

Road trips can be a fun and exciting way to travel, allowing you to see new sights and take in the beauty of the open road. However, it's important to be prepared for the journey. Here are ten essential things to pack for a road trip:

  • Durable luggage that can withstand the trip (see suggestion)
  • Clothing and personal items
  • Non-perishable snacks and drinks
  • Map or GPS device and charged cell phone with charger
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency supplies (flashlight, spare tire, jack, lug wrench, tool kit)
  • Entertainment (books, music, games)
  • Travel documents (driver's license, registration, insurance, passport)
  • Chargers for electronic devices
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat)
  • Umbrella

This piece was inspired by Dr. Randy Olson and subsequent work done by metadornetwork.

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About the Author

Dr. Dickson W., is an Atlanta-based research scientist, passionate traveler and CEO of Loomis Travel, the direct to customer luggage company you can trust featured below.