Podcasts for your #NationalParkWeek Road Trip

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you know that National Park Week is upon us (April 15 – 23) and the celebration continues this weekend with free entrance to a ton of  them! (Check here for the full list.) That means that it’s time for a rooooaaaaaadddd triiiiipppp!

11 hours later…

We always see people asking on Twitter for podcast recommendations, and with SO many choices, it can be overwhelming. We’ve narrowed it down to our 5 favorite podcasts that are perfect for your upcoming road trip.

1. New Age Nomad Podcast

We just recently discovered the NANP, and there’s a reason we have it listed first. This podcast has completely captivated us. Creator Nick Hammond takes a different approach to your typical outdoors podcast – he dives into what goes on inside your favorite adventure brands and what it takes to make it happen. While there are certainly stories about the outdoors, we find this ‘behind the scenes’ version so interesting. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

2. Up and Vanished

Neither of us really thought of ourselves as being into unsolved crime shows, but we ended up giving this one a shot on our way to the Smoky Mountains and we are so glad we did.

‘Up and Vanished’ is an investigative podcast that explores the unsolved disappearance of Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher, Tara Grinstead, an 11-year-old mystery that is the largest case file in Georgia’s history.

Host Payne Lindsey does a FANTASTIC job and has played a key role in the recent developments that have come up in the case. We won’t spoil it, but this is an active investigation and there is a MAAAAJOR surprise back in February. Most of the episodes are relatively short, but there are plenty of them to burn some serious road time.

3. The Dirtbag Diaries

We’ve been listening to The Dirtbag Diaries for a while now and we still get just as excited over a new episode as when we first started following. TDD and host Fitz Cahall share stories about anything & everything outdoors, and they’re really good. The passion coming from everyone involved will give you goosebumps and has touched us in ways that we didn’t expect from a podcast. The episodes are short, but there are enough of them to last you from Houston to Big Bend.

4. Outside Podcast

If you’ve read and enjoyed Outside Magazine (you should), then you’re going to love the podcast. The stories are much in the same vain as their printed versions, but you can get so much more from hearing the author tell their own story; it definitely adds another dimension. Their current series is called “Science of Survival” and they will have you white-knuckling the steering wheel, in a good way. Outside Podcast launched about a year ago, so even though the episodes are less than an hour, there are plenty for the road.

5. Joe Rogan Experience

If you haven’t heard of Joe Rogan, we have to assume that you HAVE been living under a rock. Joe Rogan the stand-up comedian, UFC commentator, host of Fear Factor, and so much more, ALSO has probably the best podcast out there. Rogan is genuine, a fantastic communicator, very forward thinking and questions everything from a really neutral perspective. He covers everything from mixed martial arts, to public lands to politics and everything in between by just having a conversation with guests who are among the best in their field. The episodes are between 2-3 hours making them fantastic for road trips, but be warned, this one’s not safe for kids as he covers ALLLLLL topics.

These are our favorite podcasts that we’re listening to. What’s your favorite podcast for road trippin’?

Are you going anywhere this weekend for National Park Week? Tell us in the comments, or on Twitter.


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