We finally put our plan to the map! We sat down and plotted our route to get to every single national park in the country in ONE MASSIVE LOOP.
It gets a little complicated – we don’t want to be down south when it is a million degrees, and we have to wait for Alaska to thaw before we head up there. In short, timing was a big issue and is what influenced most of our “when/where” questions. We think we can make it all work out without causing too many temperature/weather concerns.
Google Maps was giving us a hard time because we had too many points that we wanted to link up. The only way we could figure out how to link them all together was to put in a few different layers. So, we broke the whole loop up into eight different sections. Each section starts over at “A” and goes on from there. It gets a little jumbled, but if you zoom in you can see the path. We will start in Utah and end in Colorado.
Of course, this is just down on paper to have some kind of a plan. In reality, I am sure the route and schedule will change. We may need a few extra days in one park and a few less in another. BUT, so far, this is what it is looking like!
We are planning on spending at least three days in each park. Along with that, we will give ourselves a whole day to drive to the next park. On average, it is about a seven hour drive between parks. The rest of the day we can use to set up camp and get ready for the next park. It is long, but here is the order of the parks for our trip (along with the NPS site in case your interested!).
There you have it – nine months in our parks, on the road, and in Our Vie! Giddy up!