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We invite you to come along on a great American road trip, as Glia and Kate set off to visit the 46 National Parks in the 48 contiguous United States.

Our National Parks adventure will start in April 2017 as we head south from Minnesota to Arkansas. As we visit each park, we will be documenting our journey with photos and blog posts. The first stage of our adventure will be a 3-month trip in our RV to visit all of the parks west of Minnesota. The plan is to then break up the eastern parks into smaller road trips, as we hope to do some backpacking together in several of these parks.

National Parks are not always the most dog-friendly travel destinations. In fact, if you know about National Park pet regulations, you may be wondering what we are going to do about Channel Islands National Park and Isle Royale National Park. Both of these parks are islands and have protected ecosystems that don’t allow dogs. Our solution: we will get as close as we can, take a picture, and then find nearby hiking trails to explore.

You may have also noted that technically, there are 47 National Parks in the 48 contiguous United States. However, we are not including Dry Tortugas National Park in our list. Technically, this park is in Florida. But, since it requires a private boat to get a non-service dog to the entrance of this island park, it can’t really be considered contiguous.

Blog posts will appear in order of the journey as they are completed. We may not have great internet service throughout this adventure, so please forgive us if posts are a little spotty. Follow us on social media for the most up to date information.

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  • Yosemite National Park is one of the most well-known national parks in the United States. Located in California, this region was a favorite place of John Muir, who has been referred to as the “Father of the National Parks.” And there is a reason that John Muir worked so hard

  • Winter in Minnesota can be long and brutal. But true Minnesotans know how to make the best of the cold. One way to make the most of the winter, is to search out experiences that are unique to the season. And hiking to frozen waterfalls is a great way to

  • Moving takes a lot of time and advanced planning. And moving with pets, whether cats, dogs or both, adds even more details to consider. In the hustle and bustle of packing up the house, arranging the truck, and the actual move itself, it can be easy to overlook a few

  • The Sierra Nevada mountain range in California is home to some of the world’s largest trees. Here, the amazing Sequoia trees are surrounded by rugged foothills, deep canyons, raging rivers, and the dramatic beauty of the mountains themselves. All of this landscape is worth protecting, so it is no surprise

  • Banning State Park is located just minutes off of I-35 near Sandstone, MN. This state park is stretched along the Kettle River, offering dramatic views of turbulent rapids. In fact, there are five sets of rapids, ranging from Class III to V, located inside this state park. Some of the

  • Millions of years ago, multiple volcanoes erupted to form a unique landscape. From talus caves to towering rock spires, the terrain at Pinnacles National Park is a treat for hikers and climbers. This landscape is also home to a rare bird species, the California Condor. The California Condor is native

  • Here in the Midwest region of the United States, winters can get cold and snowy. But that doesn’t mean that outdoor adventures stop. It just means that your dog may need some cold-weather gear. As Ranulph Fiennes once put it, “there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” And one

  • Channel Islands National Park, created in 1980, protects five islands off the coast of California. Each of the five have unique features and histories. Anacapa Island is one of the two islands included in the establishment of Channel Islands National Monument in 1938. First opening to the public in 1959,

  • When a dog-loving, avid hiker moves to a new city, the first thing she has to do is find the local hiking trails. Every city has a great hiking trail within an hours drive, but the ones you really have to search for are the trails within 20 minutes of

  • Joshua Tree National Park is one of the 9 national parks in California. It is a land of intriguing rock formations and the park’s memorable namesake, the Joshua tree. On the National Park Service (NPS) website, Jane Rodgers describes these unique plants as “spiky trees straight out of a Dr.