Fire Island National Seashore, photo by Derek Wright.

Parks and Points is a creation by Amy Beth and Derek Wright, Brooklyn-based writers and outdoor enthusiasts with a great appreciation for shared public lands.

We publish personal essays and poetry about national parks and other public lands, along with timely budget travel tips and short guides to select sites. We host an annual fall essay contest and a spring poetry series in conjunction with National Poetry Month.

For our coverage of National Park Service units, we strive to include all NPS units in a particular region when crafting an itinerary. Our itineraries provide a baseline that can be adapted based on each traveler’s pace of touring and specific interests, and include the following sections:

Overview and Getting There

  • This section offers basic tips on selecting flights, cars, and hotels.                

Key Routes and Sites

  • Here we offer a recommended point-to-point tour of the select park or region.

Suggested Itineraries

  • This section offers a synthesis of the detailed tour in list form.

Thanks for stopping by, and for queries, reach out via the contact form below.

Derek Wright is not only a writer and avid traveler, but also a theatrical lighting designer based in New York City. Parks and Points evolved from his passion for travel, as well as his insight into traveling affordably but in style.

Amy Beth Wright is a writer and writing professor based in New York City. In addition to writing travel essays and features, she writes short fiction and autobiographical essays. 

“I began to realize that because I was in deeply attentive states, hour after hour, watching animals and birds and landscapes… I began to realize that my identity depended not on any beliefs I had… but on how much attention I was paying to things that were other than myself. As you deepen this intentionality and this intention, you start to broaden and deepen your own sense of presence.”

--David Whyte


Parks and Points was created and developed by Derek and Amy Beth Wright, with logo design by Nicholas Wright.


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