This summer we decided to take a break from our normal everyday life and 9 to 5 jobs and travel on the road covering as many national parks as we can throughout the summer. Being outdoor enthusiasts, we both love national parks and natural landscapes, so this was an obvious choice for us. We just didn’t know how many national parks we could cover in a single trip. After hours and hours of research looking for the best locations to cover, we ended up with this itinerary for our summer road travels. It consists of 20 different stops over the span of 83 days. We are going to be visiting 19 different national parks across 9 different states, driving over 10,000 miles in US & Canada (5000 miles in an RV towing a car, another 5000 miles in the car driving around in national parks. The whole trip looks like a giant loop across the western part of the US and British Columbia in Canada

1. Kings Canyon National Park

Distance: 240 miles. Drive Time: 4.5 hours (from San Francisco)

Reflection of Painted Lady Mountain in Rae Lake in Kings Canyon National Park

2. Death Valley National Park

Distance: 334 miles. Drive Time: 6.7 hours

An Eerie And Bizarre Mars Like Landscape, Sand Dunes And Mountains In Early Morning Light At Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California USA

3. Grand Canyon National Park

Distance: 430 miles. Drive Time: 8.6 hours

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA at dawn from the south rim.

4. Antelope Canyon

Distance: 112 miles. Drive Time: 2 hours

5. Arches National Park 

Distance: 273 miles. Drive Time: 5.5 hours

Warm late afternoon sunlight sidelights the rock formations in the Garden of Eden adn the Windows Sections, with the LaSal Mountains behind in Arches National Park, Utah

6. Canyonlands National Park

Distance: 30 miles. Drive Time 30 mins

Sunrise at iconic Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park

7. Capitol Reef National Park

Distance: 120 miles. Drive Time: 2.5 hours

view of sandstone formations and Gifford farm along the scenic drive in Capital Reef National Park

8. Bryce Canyon National Park 

Distance: 276 miles. Drive Time: 5.5 hours

9. Zion National Park

Distance: 84 miles. Drive Time: 1.7 hours

10. Grand Teton National Park

Distance: 608 miles. Drive Time: 12.2 hours. (Overnight pit stop in Salt Lake City)

11. Yellowstone National Park

Distance: 60 miles. Drive Time: 1.2 hours.

12. Glacier National Park

Distance: 440 miles. Drive Time: 8.8 hours.

Stunning reflections on Swiftcurrent Lake in northern Montana at sunrise

13. Banff National Park

Distance: 293 miles. Drive Time: 5.9 hours.

Moraine lake panorama in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

14. Jasper National Park

Distance: 181 miles. Drive Time: 3.6 hours.

The Valley of the Five Lakes hike offers clear lakes with unique shades of jade and blue. The Valley of the Five Lakes loop is just under a 5km circuit.

15. North Cascades National Park

Distance: 733 miles. Drive Time: 14.7 hours. (Overnight in Kelowna, BC Canada)

16. Olympic National Park (83 miles)

Distance: 733 miles. Drive Time: 14.7 hours.

Sunset over the Pacific coast at Rialto beach near La Push in Olympic National Park, Washington, USA

17. Mount Rainier National Park

Distance: 114 miles. Drive Time: 2.3 hours.

18. Crater Lake National Park

Distance: 403 miles. Drive Time: 8.1 hours.

19. Lassen Volcanic National Park

Distance: 262 miles. Drive Time: 5.2 hours.

20. San Francisco

Distance: 236 miles. Drive Time: 4.7 hours.

Classic panoramic view of San Francisco skyline with famous Oakland Bay Bridge illuminated in beautiful golden evening light at sunset in summer, San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

Total Distance: 5050 miles in RV, expected another 5000 miles in towed car.

Total Drive Time: 200+ hours

The driving distance between most destinations is below 300 miles, which is manageable to cover in a day (except from Zion to Grand Teton requires an overnight stop at Salt Lake City and from Jasper to North Cascades requires an overnight stop at Kelowna, BC). Hopefully we will comfortably be able to cover this itinerary. Stay tuned for updates, pictures, videos, blog posts throughout the summer along the way on the road. The trip starts Jul 16 2019!!

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