Mikah Meyer has probably driven through more of the country than you have. He's seen all of America's upper Midwest, all of New England, snaked his way down the East Coast to Florida, shot along the Gulf Coast, and eventually made it to Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and more. When Thrillist finally caught up with him, he had just crossed the border from Idaho to Washington. A week ago, he was hiking and rafting through the Grand Canyon, and if you visit no other National Park in these United States, he says, you should do that.
"Because of the remoteness, there's no cell phone service, there's no Internet" down there, Meyer says. "It's such a rare opportunity to get away from the noise of the world."
For the last 14 months, Meyer has been road-tripping across the country and through all 417 parks and monuments managed by the National Parks Service, hiking through all of them and sleeping in a cargo van. Along the way he's shared updates on Instagram and on his website, and he's doing it all to both honor his father and to act as role model for those in the LGBT community who are interested in hiking. He's not even halfway through the trip yet.