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)
2. Death Valley National Park
Distance: 334 miles. Drive Time: 6.7 hours
3. Grand Canyon National Park
Distance: 430 miles. Drive Time: 8.6 hours
4. Antelope Canyon
Distance: 112 miles. Drive Time: 2 hours
5. Arches National Park
Distance: 273 miles. Drive Time: 5.5 hours
6. Canyonlands National Park
Distance: 30 miles. Drive Time 30 mins
7. Capitol Reef National Park
Distance: 120 miles. Drive Time: 2.5 hours
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.
13. Banff National Park
Distance: 293 miles. Drive Time: 5.9 hours.
14. Jasper National Park
Distance: 181 miles. Drive Time: 3.6 hours.
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.
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.
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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