I am a math teacher who is a Pittsburgh, PA native living in Leesburg, VA. I have never taken advantage of the time off I am given in the summer to go on a real adventure. I began planning the trip last August, seeking the advice of people who had previously visited some of the parks in my itinerary. I also did a significant amount of research using online sources and apps. The National Parks web sites are extremely informative, as is the Chimani series of National Parks apps.
The trip began on June 14, 2017 and ended when I returned home on July 16, 2017. It covered a little over 9,000 miles and took me through 21 states. I visited 12 different National Parks, 2 National Monuments, 2 National Historic Sites, and a handful of cities and towns that bear historic significance or a unique allure.
I cannot express how fortunate I am to have had the opportunity to travel our country for an entire month. The experience has had a significant impact on me, and is something that I will never forget.