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The United States has 63 National Parks spread across 30 states and 2 territories. Yellowstone became the fist national park in 1872. Today, California is home to 9 parks with Alaska following close behind with 8. Alaska contains the 4 largest parks, the biggest, Wrangell-St. Elias is larger than 9 U.S. states. The park system now protects millions of acres of natural habitat for many endangered plant and animal species.


Acadia National Park


The first national park east of the Mississippi River and the only one in the northeastern United States.

Photo by laredawg

Arches National Park


Enjoy the beauty of these unique sandstone arches.

Badlands National Park

South Dakota

Originally a reservation for the Oglala Sioux Indians, the park now protects their prior territory.

Photo by Always Shooting

Big Bend National Park


Bordering Mexico, the park is named after a large bend in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo river.

Photo by Alexander Hatley

Biscayne National Park


95% water, the park preserves offshore reefs and the delicate ecosystem that relies upon it.

Photo by Sajith T S

Black Canyon of the Gunnison


Parts of this steep, dark, narrow canyon only receive 33 minutes of daylight per day.

Photo by Jeff Hollett

Bryce Canyon National Park


Explore the colorful rock structures called hoodoos formed from weathering and erosion.

Photo by Jeff Hollett

Canyonlands National Park


A magical place of mesas, canyons, and buttes carved by the Colorado and Green rivers.

Photo by Jeff Hollett

Capitol Reef National Park


Enjoy the colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths that reside in the park's desert landscape.

Photo by Wolfgang Staudt

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

New Mexico

Explore the underground caves that take you to the "Big Room", the largest chamber in North America.

Photo by tofoli.douglas

Channel Islands National Park


A series of islands off the coast of California with human activity dating back to over 37,000 years ago.

Photo by David Fulmer

Congaree National Park

South Carolina

The park preserves the largest area of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.

Photo by Ken Lund

Crater Lake National Park


The 1,949-foot deep lake sits in the remains of the Mount Mazama volcano.

Photo by Road Travel America

Cuyahoga Valley National Park


The park protects the Cuyahoga River area in Northeast Ohio.

Photo by Tim Evanson

Death Valley National Park


A harsh desert environment that is the hottest, driest, and lowest of all the national parks.

Photo by Mobilus In Mobili

Denali National Park


The park is centered on Denali, the highest mountain in North America.

Photo by Alan Sandercock

Dry Tortugas National Park


Accessible only by seaplane or boat, this isolated park preserves Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas islands.

Photo by NPS Natural Resources

Everglades National Park


A network of wetlands and forests making up the largest tropical wilderness in the United States.

Photo by Stig Nygaard

Gates of the Arctic National Park


Slightly larger than Belgium, this expansive park is located completely north the Arctic Circle.

Photo by GPA Photo Archive

Gateway Arch National Park


A 630-foot tall arch stands above this park that commemorates the Louisiana Purchase and the Dred Scott case.

Photo by Steve Harbula

Glacier Bay National Park


The park preserves over 3 million acres of Southeast Alaska.

Photo by NPS Natural Resources

Glacier National Park


The park was formed by massive glaciers millions of years ago.

Photo by NPS Natural Resources

Grand Canyon


Carved by the Colorado River, the canyon is over a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide.

Grand Teton National Park


The park was named after the tallest mountain in the Teton Range.

Photo by Stefan Serena

Great Basin National Park


The park features the Lehman Caves, groves of ancient bristlecone pines, and the 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak.

Photo by Jeff Hollett

Great Sand Dunes National Park


Sandboard or sled the largest sand dunes in North America.

Photo by U.S. Department of the Interior

Great Smoky Mountains


The Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park on its path from Georgia to Maine.

Photo by Jody Claborn

Guadalupe Mountains National Park


The park includes the highest peak in Texas and the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach line.

Photo by Patrick Alexander

Haleakalā National Park


The now dormant volcano is popular destination for beautiful sunrises.

Photo by Navin Rajagopalan

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park


Take in the dramatic volcanic landscape of two active volcanoes.

Photo by Scot Nelson

Hot Springs National Park


Protected since 1832, these popular hot springs flow from nearby Hot Springs Mountain.

Photo by Ken Lund

Indiana Dunes National Park


This lake front park protects the dune ridges along Lake Michigan.

Photo by U.S. Department of the Interior

Isle Royale National Park


Established in 1940, the park protects Isle Royale, the 4th largest lake island in the world.

Photo by Ray Dumas

Joshua Tree National Park


View the unique Joshua trees native to the Mojave Desert.

Photo by Henrique Pinto

Katmai National Park


Named after Mount Katmai, a major eruption in 1912 created the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.

Photo by Katmai National Park and Preserve

Kenai Fjords National Park


Named for its numerous fjords carved by glaciers over thousands of years.

Photo by Kenai Fjords National Park

Kings Canyon National Park


Home to 14,000 foot peaks, high mountain meadows, and some of the largest trees in the world.

Photo by Jeff Hollett

Kobuk Valley National Park


Sitting 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the park preserves the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes.

Photo by Western Arctic National Parklands

Lake Clark National Park


This remote park is only accessible by boat or seaplane.

Photo by Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Lassen Volcanic National Park


All four types of volcano can be found here including the largest plug dome volcano in the world.

Photo by Jeff Hollett

Mammoth Cave National Park


Explore the beauty of the world's longest known cave system.

Photo by James St. John

Mesa Verde National Park


The park preserves the largest cliff dwellings in North America.

Photo by Jeff Hollett

Mount Rainier National Park


The park preserves the area in and around Mt Rainier, a 14,411-foot stratovolcano.

Photo by Mark Gunn

National Park of American Samoa

American Samoa

The only US National Park located south of the equator.

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

West Virginia

A scenic, deep river gorge carved in the Appalachian Mountains.

Photo by Mike Goad

North Cascades National Park


This rugged mountain region has the most expansive glacial system in the contiguous United States.

Photo by Jeff Hollett

Olympic National Park


The park cover everything from rugged ocean coastlines to forests to wildflower meadows.

Photo by U.S. Forest Service- Pacific

Petrified Forest National Park


View this park's large deposits of petrified wood, pueblos, and colorful badlands.

Photo by Jeff Hollett

Pinnacles National Park


See eroded rock formations leftover from an extinct volcano.

Photo by thinkrorbot

Redwood National Park


Take in the beauty of the towering redwood trees that live for over 1000 years and soar to over 300 feet tall.

Photo by Redwood National and State Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park


The Continental Divide runs directly through the center of this mountainous park.

Photo by Amy Aletheia Cahill

Saguaro National Park


The Sonoran Desert landscape provides for a unique opportunity to see giant saguaro cacti.

Photo by Desert LCC

Sequoia National Park


View the giant sequoia trees including the General Sherman tree, the largest on earth.

Shenandoah National Park


A long, narrow park located in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Photo by MatthewBenson

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

North Dakota

The only US national park to be named after a single person.

Photo by Rennett Stowe

Virgin Islands National Park

United States Virgin Islands

Scuba dive and snorkel with sea turtles or enjoy a hike through the parks tropical rainforest.

Voyageurs National Park


Enjoy a day on the water at this park that is mostly only accessible by boat.

Photo by Fighting Irish 1977

White Sands National Park

New Mexico

Explore the white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals, the largest gypsum dunefield on Earth.

Photo by NPS Natural Resources

Wind Cave National Park

South Dakota

Known for its calcite formations called boxwork, it's the first cave in the world to be designated a national park.

Photo by Bernard DUPONT

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park


The largest of the 63 US National Parks, tall mountain peaks, volcanoes, ice fields and glaciers make up this remote terrain.

Photo by GPA Photo Archive

Yellowstone National Park


Experience the wildlife and geothermal features of the first national park in the world.

Photo by Stefan Serena

Yosemite National Park


Enjoy the beauty of the granite cliffs, rushing waterfalls, and crystal clear lakes.

Zion National Park


Enjoy the spectacular reddish and tan-colored walls of the canyon eroded by the Virgin River.

Photo by Alan Levine