A Cross Country Travel Guide to the Best National Parks

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A Cross Country Travel Guide to the Best National Parks

If you’ve found yourself with a permanent case of the Mondays because you have yet to fulfill your life long goal of cross country travel, then you’ve come to the right place.

When you’re in your cubicle with reoccurring day dreams of exploring the national parks you’ve only seen on your screen saver, it can seem like your goal is never going to become a reality. But as the saying goes, if you can dream it, you can do it! And not only is it possible but it can also be done in a comfortable yet affordable way.

Check out this cross country travel guide to the best national parks, then pack it up and hit the road!

Choosing which cross country travel destinations to go to first

With over 50 national parks in the U.S. to choose from it can be hard to narrow down where you want to explore first. Here are just a few of the top camping destinations in the Northwest:

  • Mt. Rainer National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Glacier National Park


We choose these four amazing national parks on sheer beauty and campsite availability.

Mt. Rainer is a renowned landmark of the state of Washington, an active volcano, and stands over 14,000 feet above sea level.  Mt. Rainer National Park also has three vehicle campgrounds available making it convenient to camp in your car, RV, or custom teardrop trailer.

Another park located in Washington state is Olympic National Park and offers campgrounds for all kinds of camping. The park is so big it covers almost one million acres and includes over 70 miles of Pacific coastline.

Crater Lake National Park contains the deepest lake in the U.S. and is over 7,000 years old.  It’s located in Oregon and provides a developed campground called The Mazama Campground that accommodates both tent and trailer camping.

The last of the four national parks we chose to get you started with cross country travel is located in Montana. Glacier National Park offers over 700 miles of hiking trails and has 13 drive in campgrounds.

Getting started with cross country travel

Now that you have four destinations to visit, the next step is determining which type of lodging you prefer.  Some things to consider when making this determination are:

  • Setting up a tent can be a hassle and involves gambling with the possibilities of rain and uncomfortable sleep
  • Staying in a hotel may be costly and won’t give you the same experience as spending the night in a national park
  • Pulling a bulky RV requires an expensive gas guzzling truck and can add a lot of stress while on the road


While those may seem like the only options for lodging while on a cross country trip, there is another solution: a teardrop trailer! Especially if you are looking for a minimalistic and affordable way to explore.

Although you may not be familiar with this type of lodging, it could turn out to be your best bet. To learn more, contact us!


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