Parks Madness: Putting Down Roots in U.S. National Parks

by Carson BuckMarch 1, 2017

What is Parks Madness?

If you’re a basketball fan, you already know that March is an exciting month for all fans of the sport. If not, you may be feeling a bit left out from all the excitement. Luckily you can still take part in the festivities of Parks Madness, an annual sweepstakes from Drive the Nation that will be running throughout March.
Parks Madness puts America’s most treasured national parks in a head to head competition from which only one park can emerge victoriously. There’s even a Parks Madness bracket that you can fill out with your own predictions of who will be taking home the title, and each week you’ll have an opportunity to vote on which parks will move on to the next bracket. Prizes are available for the big winners, including an America the Beautiful Lands Pass that gives the holder access to over 2,000 recreation areas across the U.S.!

If an unlimited pass to U.S. National Parks is something you’d get excited about, just imagine what it would be like to live within these natural wonders. Read on for a look at some of the most unique homes in or around the National Parks competing in this year’s Parks Madness.


On the edge of the lush, sprawling Everglades Wildlife Management Area in Southern Florida is Everglades City, population 402. Mere steps away from the verdant beauty of the Everglades are homes like this one on 203 Allen Ave, a three bedroom charmer with tall royal palm trees swaying in the front yard. The Everglades are known to be panther habitat, so if you don’t mind having big cats as neighbors this could be the ideal spot to get away from it all and settle down.


Washington’s 922,000 acre Olympic National Park is home to Mt. Olympus and is best known for its snowy mountaintops and dramatically mountainous coastline. Just outside the park is the coastal city of Port Angeles, where you can find homes like this one at 640 E Bluff Drive. Just imagine relaxing on that porch after a long day of hiking through the park!

Joshua Tree

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The Joshua Tree National Park is a Californian desert destination for hikers and campers, characterized by jagged rock formations and the namesake Joshua trees themselves. Within the park, you can find a number of homes for sale, like this one on 7089 Saddleback Road. You’ve got to admit, there’s something very satisfying about the look of a cactus in your front yard.


Speaking of cactus, the Saguaro National Park just outside of Tucson, Arizona is known for just that. Peppered across the desert landscape you’ll find towering cacti that can grow to over 40 feet tall! In Tucson, just a short drive away from the desert park, you can find homes like this one on 10802 East Placita Guarija, with unique Pueblo Revival architecture that’s a perfect fit for the Arizona lifestyle.


Without a doubt, Yosemite National Park is among the most well-known and celebrated of all U.S. parks. From the giant sequoia trees to the carved cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite is truly a nature lover’s paradise. There are a number of residences available to purchase within this natural wonderland, including this 4 bedroom cabin on 7476 Henness Circle.

Grand Canyon

Holding millions of years of geological history within its exposed rock layers, the Grand Canyon is known for its incredible viewpoints that offer stunning views of the Colorado River and the canyon itself. Now you can live just a short drive away from the majestic canyon, in this solar powered home at 2650 South Stanton Drive. A perfect Arizona retreat for an eco-conscious nature enthusiast!

Find Your Next Landmark

This March, whether you’ll be keeping your eyes on basketball brackets or trying to score a piece of the action in the Parks Madness sweepstakes, we hope that you’re doing it all from a home that you truly love to inhabit. However, if you are looking to move, you’re in the right place because is the perfect place to start your search for your next home.

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About The Author
Carson Buck
Carson is a real estate agent based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Carson loves data and market research, and how readily available it is in today's world. He is passionate about interpreting these insights to help his clients find and buy their perfect home. Carson got into the real estate industry because he loves the feeling of handing over the keys to a new home to happy clients. In his free time, he works on his backyard bonsai garden and spends time with his wife, Julia.

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