I’ve loved America’s National Parks since I was 12 years old and my family visited the magnificent Grand Canyon on our cross-country trip (towing a 35-foot travel trailer). As a youngster, standing near the rail on the South Rim, my jaw dropped as I took in that vast awe-inspiring natural wonder … I’ve returned several times to this iconic park and I am still in wonder.
My second favorite park is Glacier National Park (above) in Montana’s northwest corner. I began camping the “Crown of the Continent” more than three decades ago and continue to love hiking its many trails. Each year Jimmy and I camp in and explore America’s beautiful national parks.
For those of you waiting for the right moment, Veterans Day Friday, Nov. 11, is a *free entrance day for all of our National Parks.
So, if you have a secret love for America’s magnificant parks, but don’t know where to begin your trip, one great resource is the user-friendly online travel-planning Roadtrippers website.
Recently it posted: “America’s National Parks are road trip heaven. They preserve the unique landscapes that make our country so special, and with so many different and individual parks, it can be hard to choose just one to visit. Why not, then, take the Greatest American Road Trip, stopping off at the country’s most iconic National Parks, from the Everglades to Olympic, and everything in between? It’s the adventure of a lifetime.”
Read more about this amazing trip around America by clicking here.
For the Roadtrippers’ webpage where you can start planning your adventure to America’s most incredible national parks (Click here). This tool allows you to edit the selected route and include places (or delete others) you want to visit on your trip.
Remember, there are hundreds of national parks that NEVER charge an entrance fee. Check out the National Park Service’s planning tool by clicking here.
Photos: Top: That’s me, Julianne G. Crane, at Glacier National Park in 2008 (taken by my RV gal-pal Penny Sales). (Bottom) Camping at the Badlands National Park in South Dakota ( Julianne G. Crane).