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Old 08-01-2016, 08:32 AM   #1
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Seeing every U.S. National Park

This may be a little ambitious, but something to put on your bucket list: The Optimal U.S. National Parks Centennial Road Trip | Dr. Randal S. Olson
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You're skipping Alaska and Hawaii!
Some of the best National parks are in these two states!
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This may be a little ambitious, but something to put on your bucket list: The Optimal U.S. National Parks Centennial Road Trip | Dr. Randal S. Olson
Rich and Mary, Excellent resource! Thank-You.
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Old 08-01-2016, 11:59 AM   #4
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Rich and Mary, Excellent resource! Thank-You.
I agree and I saved screenshots of each segment. Thank you!
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Old 08-01-2016, 12:53 PM   #5
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You're skipping Alaska and Hawaii!
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You can drive to Alaska (and check out some of Canada's National Parks along the way), but Hawaii... now that's a ferry ride!

Alaska (and the Banff, Jasper, etc) would presumably be inserted between Glacier National Park (Montana) and North Cascades National Park (Washington).

There's also one on American Samoa, but I don't think it has a campground.
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Old 08-01-2016, 02:00 PM   #6
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True enough. Sorry, but not my creation (but I sure agree with you!).
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I'm surprised that there is only one National Park northeast of Ohio and Virginia... that's ten states with no national parks. The routing algorithm which was used apparently values nothing but distance or time, so it retraces its route in a few places, and for a huge stretch to and from Acadia National Park in Maine. It would make much more sense to me to take the suggested route (I95/295) between Virginia and Maine, but find some alternative between Ohio and Maine just to see more of the country... such as Vermont.

There's a similarly long retracing section through Georgia and Florida, but other retraced sections are short.
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We've been to some of them, but the way I see it: we now have an Escape, so there is no excuse why we can't change some to all.

Thanks for posting.
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This may be a little ambitious, but something to put on your bucket list: The Optimal U.S. National Parks Centennial Road Trip | Dr. Randal S. Olson
As we write...

On our trip to see the last 11 in the lower 48, mostly on the East coast, with the Escape. Ft Jefferson in FL needs a boat or plane ride as does Isle Royale in MI. CHANNEL Islands in CA needs a boat ride. Alaska needs $$$$$ to see the ones you have to fly to, hence our bucket list to see all in the lower 48.
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I'm surprised that there is only one National Park northeast of Ohio and Virginia... that's ten states with no national parks. The routing algorithm which was used apparently values nothing but distance or time, so it retraces its route in a few places, and for a huge stretch to and from Acadia National Park in Maine. It would make much more sense to me to take the suggested route (I95/295) between Virginia and Maine, but find some alternative between Ohio and Maine just to see more of the country... such as Vermont.

There's a similarly long retracing section through Georgia and Florida, but other retraced sections are short.
Think I'd verify and routes this comes up with, for many there will be better routes if you were to ask folks in that area. example, parts of I95 are a nightmare while better routes exist.
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