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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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Recent Posts

  • Keeping your dog hydrated is an important part of every hike. A hydrated dog is at less risk of fatigue and overheating. But with so many dog hiking water bowls and bottles on the market, how do you choose the best one? We have tested 5 different styles of portable

  • For those of us who hike with dogs, it is important to still follow leave no trace trail etiquette. And a big part of leave no trace is finding a way to pick up after your dog. No one enjoys walking on trails littered with dog waste. And dog waste

  • Redwood National Park is managed alongside three California State Parks, making the official name Redwood National and State Parks. Today these parks work together to protect old-growth redwood groves, open prairie lands, parts of two major rivers and 37 miles of California coastline. The park’s namesakes, the redwood trees, are

  • If you enjoy river views on your hikes, then you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to hike along the St. Croix River. The St. Croix River is a tributary of the Mississippi River and a National Scenic Riverway. There are five Minnesota State Parks situated along the St. Croix River. And

  • Hiking is one of the most rewarding activities you can share with your dog. There are so many health benefits for both you and your pup. But just like anything, there is a point where too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. So how do you

  • Recently, I was searching the internet for information about hiking with dogs. This question came up and I didn’t find any great answers. So I have set out to compile a complete answer to whether or not hiking is good for dogs. The short answer: Overall, yes, hiking is good

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park is a 100,000 acre national park located at the southern edge of the Cascade Mountain range. Lassen Volcanic was designated as a national park in 1916, making it one of the oldest national parks. From mountain views to boiling fumaroles, Lassen Volcanic National Park offers a

  • Less than an hour from the Twin Cities, is a beautiful Minnesota State Park along the St. Croix River. William O’Brien State Park is one of our favorite state parks for year round enjoyment. This might have something to do with the fact that it is also the closest state

  • Ruffwear is a leader in the dog hiking gear world. They offer a range of products from sleeping bags to boots to leashes. Today’s post will discuss two of Ruffwear’s most popular products: the Ruffwear Webmaster Harness vs. the Ruffwear Front Range Harness. But before we compare these two harnesses,

  • 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