Family seeks Guinness World Record by visiting every U.S. National Park

The Maitland family from Jackson, Michigan, wants to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

They are on the way to achieving that by the end of this year. Their accomplishment? Becoming the first family to visit every U.S. National Park.

The family of four has spent the last eight years visiting 417 national parks and units. Dad Jim, mom Cheri, 16-year old daughter Jamison, and 14-year-old son Gerald embarked on the mission after watching the documentary “America’s Best Idea” by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan.

“It’s amazing what this has done for our family,” Jim Maitland says. “A lot of people don’t think that our history is important. But it’s interesting. It shows us who we are.”

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