59 National Park Quest

59! Fifty-nine is my magic number.  It’s the number of United States National Parks in the United States and Territories.  Fifty-nine is the number of national parks I am trying to visit before I turn 30.  I developed this goal at 19.  I was in Yellowstone National Park (for the second time).  While waiting for Old Faithful to erupt, I started talking to a couple who had just finished all national parks.  I had never thought about trying to visit all the national parks. This chance encounter has almost turned into an obsession.  I want to collect them all.  Truthfully I didn’t think I would actually accomplish this goal, yet here I am at 26.  I have done 45 national parks.  Only 15 more parks remain.

Mount Rainier National Park

This was my first national park. I visited here when I was about 9 months old and just starting to walk. I remember my father throwing a snowball at my mom and it hitting the camera directly on the lens.

More on my adventures in Mount Rainier

  • Working in Mount Rainier

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Glacier National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

Everglades National Park

Olympic National Park

North Cascades National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Biscayne National Park

Congaree National Park

Hot Springs National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Saguaro National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Arches National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Zion National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Wind Cave National Park

Badlands National Park

Great Basin National Park

Yosemite National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Pinnacles National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia National Park

Acadia National Park

National Park of American Samoa

Virgin Islands National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Denali National Park and Preserve

Keni National Park

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve