There are a total of 59 National Parks operated in the United States by the National Park Service. How many would you like to see in your RV? Of course, the National Parks in this country are some of the prettiest and most awe-inspiring landscapes that the nation has to offer. While you might not be interested in every single National Park on the list, most of them will be highly enjoyable for just about any traveler. With that said, 59 total parks is a big number, so you will have to plan carefully if you hope to visit most (or all) of them.
Right off the top, there are four National Parks that are out of the reach of your RV. There is one in American Samoa, two in Hawaii (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park), and one in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Those parks might be great fun to visit, but you are going to need to use another form of transportation as opposed to your RV. Therefore, you can adjust the total number of parks on your to-do list down to 55.
The West is Rich
If you would like to check on large numbers of National Parks all at once, head to the western half of the United States. There are tons of National Parks in the west, and they feature some of the best that the system has to offer. Specifically, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Glacier National Park are all located in the western half of the country. Other great parks that you will find in the west include Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, Zion National Park in Utah, and Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
While talking about the west, you also have to consider the parks that are located in Alaska. There are seven National Parks found in the beautiful state of Alaska, including Glacier Bay and Denali. It is technically possible to take your RV all the way up to Alaska, but that is a journey that most people are not going to want to take. The parks in Alaska are great, but just like those located on islands, you probably want to choose another mode of travel if you choose to visit them for yourself.
Make a Plan
In order to rack up as many National Park visits as possible, make a travel plan and then start to check them off one at a time over the coming years. It would be possible to check off a majority of the parks in just a couple of long summer trips through the western half of the country, but those in the east are spread out and will take longer to see. Of course, you don’t have to go to each and every one just to say you did – do a little research and pick out the parks that specifically interest you and your family.