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Everything You Need to Know About National Parks Traveler

If you’re an RVer who enjoys getting out of your rig and exploring your beautiful natural surroundings, then you’re going to love National Parks Traveler.

Kurt Repanshek founded the site in August, 2005 while doing free lance work for Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Audubon, and more…

He even had an article published on national parks in Microsoft’s Encarta Encyclopedia!

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About the National Parks Traveler

Although not sponsored or affiliated with the National Parks System, National Parks Traveler exists to educate the traveling public to the unique landscapes that our nation’s public lands have to offer.

national parks travelerThe site has been featured in many huge news publications such as the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, and Backpacker Magazine.

The site was also included in an official publication by the US State Department.

As Repanshek says about his creation,

The Traveler is not a static site built around park statistics and trail descriptions and is not strictly a travelogue. Rather, it offers readers a unique multimedia blend of news, feature content, debate, and discussion all tied to America’s national parks.

Several people, each with unique professional skills, contribute to the site through articles, photographs, and other media.

National Parks Traveler Essential Guides

One of the coolest parts of the site is the Essential Guides section.

Here you’ll find tips and tricks articles like how to snag a national park campsite during the busy summer months (including at the Grand Canyon) and how to escape the crowds at several busy national parks.

Paddling the Parks Resource Guide

national parks traveler paddling guideIf you’re planning a trip that involves kayaking, canoeing, or rafting take a look at the Essential Guide to Paddling the Parks.

This 54 page ebook is available for free, but a modest donation is appreciated.

Some of the featured parks include:

  • Buffalo National River
  • Cape Lookout National Park
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Everglades National Park
  • Ozark National Scenic Riverway
  • Voyageurs National park
  • Yellowstone National Park

Articles on RV Camping

NPT has several articles made just for you – the RV enthusiast.

59 National Parks in a Year?

You can read about how one couple decided on a 27 foot Surveyor trailer as their transportation device of choice.

Their plan: visit 59 national parks in 59 weeks.  

To follow Shelly and Don on their mission, visit their website

Explore the Canyonlands and Arches National Parks in an RV

Kurt wrote another detailed how-to on visiting Utah’s Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park. Loaded with tons of links to local attractions and can’t-miss attractions, you’ll definitely want to check out this article if you’ll be driving through Utah on your next RV trip.

Get Insider’s Information on All the National Parks

Before you set off on your next RV trip to a national park, be sure to search the National Parks Traveler archives.

The detailed and laser-focused articles will help you avoid lines, reserve camping spots the easy way, and plan your travel itinerary.

Many individuals have contributed to the site over the years, and you can read their first-hand accounts of specific parks by visiting this page.

And if you can’t find an article on your desired destination, you can always ask their 150,000 strong Facebook following.

Someone is bound to know the answer to your question.

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