What is National Park Planner?

“Bringing you America, one park at a time.”

National Park Planner is a work in progress that brings you America, one park at a time. In July of 2014, writer and photographer Steve Markos set out to bring you unprecedented, first hand coverage of all there is to see and do in the over 400 parks that make up America’s National Park system. Readers are provided with engaging, first hand accounts of the parks by somebody who has actually been there and done it, plus beautiful photos taken by a professional with professional equipment.

National Park Planner helps travelers eliminate all uncertainty in vacation planning by answering four questions of the utmost importance to every traveler:

What is there to do?
How to do it?
Is it worth doing?
How long will it take?

There is no single source on the Internet that can provide a traveler with park information that answers these four questions, not even the National Park Service’s own web site.

To date, National Park Planner has reviewed 158 parks in the Midwest and on the east coast of the United States. National Park Planner is not associated with the National Park Service or the Federal Government. It is the work of one man who has spent 50,000 hours of his own time and $75,000 of his own money to bring you first hand information on visiting the parks. All of this information is presented to the public free of charge.

What National Park Planner is NOT

National Park Planner is not a substitute for the National Park Service website—it is a complement to the government’s web site. National Park Planner only covers elements of the park that do not change like hiking trails and tours of historic homes. These do not change from season to season or year to year. National Park Planner does not keep up with hours of operation, entrance fees, and special events. For this type of information, you need to check the NPS website. To make things easy for you, whenever these subjects come up in a discussion on the National Park Planner website, a link to the appropriate NPS web page is given in the article.

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With a few exceptions, use of any photograph on the National Park Planner website requires a paid Royalty Free Editorial Use License or Commercial Use License. See the Photo Usage page for details.
Last updated on June 19, 2024
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