Travel to the National Parks of America
|Bison charging in Yellowstone National Park|
The United States has the good fortune of having an excellent national parks system, dating back over a hundred years. The National Park Service, with the help of volunteers and park partners, protect nearly 400 places for 331 million visitors every year.
Our National Parks Service does an outstanding job of administering the parks, and preserving our natural and historical heritage, especially considering the funding limitations paced on them by Congress.
Included on this website are venues designated as "national parks," plus national monuments, historical sites and other parks. Also featured are some Canadian parks such as Banff National Park.
We have included an assortment of photographs, maps, commentary, lodging suggestions, and reviews.Visit again soon!
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park features more than 10,000 hydrothermal features and 500 geysers. Old Faithful geyser erupts about every 74 minutes. One of the other main attractions in the park is its wildlife, including bears, fox, elk, bison, lynx, 285 species of birds and more.
Yellowstone Lake covers over 131 square miles of area, reaching a maximum depth of 138 feet. Visitors to the park marvel at a supervolcano’s hidden power under the earth, rising up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers.
The park has thousands of acres of mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes, and endless species of wildlife to watch.
Hiking, camping, fishing, photography, bicycling, boating, horseback riding, snowmobiling, snowcoach tours, and ranger programs are available.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee
The Park spans over 800 square miles in Tennessee and North Carolina, and is one of the most pristine natural areas in the Eastern part of the United States. It offers visitors and endless variety of outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, climbing, bicycling, fishing, horse riding, historical sights, picnicking and involvement in ranger-led programs.
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Yosemite National Park in California
Located in central California, Yosemite National Park attracts five million annual visitors. Perhaps the most famous sight in the valley is the granite monolith of Half Dome, a mountain whose sheer face and rounded top looks like a giant stone dome that has been split in half.
The Valley is a 7 mile wide canyon with incredible rock formations, including El Capitan, the world's tallest granite monolith and one of the world's top rock climbing destinations. Equally famous for its waterfalls, Yosemite Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the world.
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Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
Grand Canyon National Park is located in Arizona, and is centered on a Colorado River canyon that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep.
The Park is one of the world's most popular natural attractions, with attendance exceeding 6 million visitors a year. Popular activities include rafting, hiking, walking, skydiving, nature studies, geology exploration, jeep tours and helicopter rides.
The floor of the valley is accessible by foot, muleback, or by boat or raft from upriver. Hiking down to the river and back up to the rim in one day is discouraged by park officials. However, hundreds of experienced hikers complete the round-trip down and back every year.
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Glacier National Park in Montana
Glacier National Park covers 1,012,837 square miles and includes 131 named lakes. St. Mary Lake is located in the eastern side of the park, while Lake McDonald lies to the west.
Lake McDonald is the largest lake, 9.4 miles long; 1.5 miles wide and 464 feet deep. Elevation at Logan Pass is 6,646 feet, while the highest mountain, Mt. Cleveland, rises to a height of 10,448 ft The park includes 25 named glaciers.
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Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado
Located in Colorado, and consists of 415 square miles of spectacular mountain environments. A highlight of the park is Trail Ridge Road which crests at over 12,000 feet. The park also features over 300 miles of hiking trails, lakes and a variety of wildlife.
The park is located adjacent to Estes Park, and about 70 miles northwest of Denver. The Continental Divide runs northwest to southeast through the center of the park atop the high peaks.
The Park offers five visitor centers, and is one of the world's most popular natural attractions, with attendance exceeding 4.5 million visitors a year.
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Acadia National Park in Maine
Adjacent to popular Bar Harbor, the park features 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, hiking, biking, views and dramatic coastline vistas.
The park is open for activity year-round. In the winter the carriage roads are converted into trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and the Park Loop Road turns into a paradise for snowmobile use and fat-tire biking.
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Zion National Park in Utah
Towering red cliffs and outdoor activities make this a popular vacation destination in southwestern Utah, attracting over four million visitors annually.
A prominent feature of the park of 229 square miles is Zion Canyon, 15 miles long and about half a mile in depth.
Many outdoor activities are popular, including hiking, climbing, bicycling, river trips and exploring the Narrows. Access to the main section of the park is via two points along State Route 9, the east entrance and the south entrance at Springdale. The Kolob Canyons entrance is on Interstate 15.
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Olympic National Park in Washington
Olympic National Park is located in northwestern Washington in the north central part of the Olympic Peninsula.
The park spans nearly a million acres and features snow-covered mountains, lush rain forests and the dramatic Pacific Ocean coastline.
The park offers a large variety of things to do, including boating, camping, hiking, fishing, tidepooling, backpacking, wildlife viewing, climbing and photography.
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Arches National Park in Utah
The Park is located in eastern Utah, near the city of Moab. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks.
The park features the densest concentration of natural stone arches in the world, including the popular "Delicate Arch".
The park covers 76,518 acres and contains an astounding variety of geological formations. A paved scenic drive takes visitors to many of the major viewpoints within the park.
Hikers can choose from a wide variety of trails, from short twenty minute walks leading right up to many of the largest arches in the park, to more adventurous hikes into lesser seen areas.
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Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in the southwestern section of Utah, south of Utah Scenic Byway 12.
The park features the largest collection of hoodoos, odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion, in the world.
Every visitor to the park should spend at least some time marvelling at its four main viewpoints, all found within the first few miles of the park: Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point.
Other viewpoints are found all along the park's 18-mile main road which travels from park's only entrance in the north along the plateau rim to its highest elevations in the south (over 9,000 ft / 2,743 m).
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Death Valley National Park in California
This is the largest U.S. National Park outside Alaska, spanning 3.4 million acres. The park includes low valley floors crusted with barren salt flats, rugged mountains rising as much as 11,000 feet, deep and winding canyons, rolling sand dunes, and spring-fed oases.
Badwater Basin, at 282 feet below sea level, is not only the lowest place in the park, it's the lowest in North America.
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Crater Lake National Park in Oregon
Crater Lake National Park is located in south-central Oregonin Klamath County. It is the deepest lake in the United States at 1,949 feet, and one of the deepest in the world.
The water's intense blue color is due to its great depth and purity.
Hiking, backpacking, camping, picnicking and sight seeing are popular pursuits within the park. Boating and scenic driving around Rim Drive can be enjoyed by visitors during the summer months.
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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in Califonria
Sequoia National Park is a national park in the southern Sierra Nevada east of Visalia, California.
The park is south of and contiguous with Kings Canyon National Park; the two are administered by the National Park Service together as the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
The park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, the largest tree on Earth.
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Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
Located about 85 miles southeast of Seattle; magnificent vistas and lakes, camping and hiking.
This stratovolcano reaches a summit peak of 14,411 feet above sea level, and is the highest mountain in Washington and the Cascade Range.
Most visitors to Mt. Rainier choose to stay in the largest nearby city, Yakima, which offers a variety of hotels and other lodging.
Lodging in the park includes the National Park Inn and Paradise Inn. Camping and wilderness camps are also available.
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Badlands National Park in South Dakota
Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota, near Rapid City and Mount Rushmore Memorial Park, and features sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires surrounded by a mixed-grass prairie ecosystem.
Situated in the the Northern Great Plains and named Mako Sica by the Lakota people, Badlands National Park has spectacular landscapes, native mixed grass prairie, a large variety of native wildlife, amazing fossils, wonderful skyscapes, and compelling human history.
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Saguaro National Park in Arizona
Saguaro National Park protects some of the most impressive forests of these sub-tropical giants, on the edge of the modern City of Tucson.
Tucson is located in the southern part of Arizona, and the county seat of Pima County. It is the second largest city in Arizona.
The park is located in two different sections: Tucson Mountain District (west), and the Rincon Mountain District (east).
Tucson is situated on an alluvial plain in the Sonoran desert, surrounded by five ranges of mountains: the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Tortolita Mountains to the north, the Santa Rita Mountains to the south, the Rincon Mountains to the east, and the Tucson Mountains to the west.
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota
Located in the southwestern corner of South Dakota is the iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial, featuring massive 60-foot (18-m) sculptures of four former United States presidents.
While not a national park, it has large numbers of visitors and is well known nationwide.
We highly recommend including a visit to nearby Custer State Park, with its granite peaks and rolling plains. The park is home to abundant wildlife, including bison, wild burros, mountain goats and many other animals. Also located nearby is the Crazy Horse Memorial, which is continuing to be carved and sculpted.
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Utah
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is located in extreme southeastern Utah, on the northern border of Arizona. It is operated by the Navajo Nation, not the National Park Service.
The valley is host to towering sandstone rock formations that have been sculpted over time and soar 400 to 1,000 feet above the valley floor. Over the years, Monument Valley has been the locale for the filming of numerous movies starring such film legends as John Wayne.
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List of the Most Popular U.S. National Parks in the United States
We've visited all of the following national parks and monuments, and are working on posting reviews of these facilities ...
|Alaska||Denali National Park|
|Alaska||Glacier Bay National Park|
|Alaska||Katmai National Park|
|Arizona||Grand Canyon National Park|
|Arizona||Petrified Forest National Park|
|Arizona||Saguaro National Park|
|Arkansas||Hot Springs National Park|
|California||Death Valley National Park|
|California||Joshua Tree National Park|
|California||Kings Canyon National Park|
|California||Lassen Volcanic National Park|
|California||Redwood National Park|
|California||Sequoia National Park|
|California||Yosemite National Park|
|Colorado||Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park|
|Colorado||Great Sand Dunes National Park|
|Colorado||Mesa Verde National Park|
|Colorado||Rocky Mountain National Park|
|Florida||Everglades National Park|
|Hawaii||Hawaii Volcanoes National Park|
|Kentucky||Mammoth Cave National Park|
|Maine||Acadia National Park|
|Minnesota||Voyageurs National Park|
|Mississippi||Vicksburg National Military Park|
|Montana||Glacier National Park|
|Nevada||Great Basin National Park|
|New Mexico||Carlsbad Caverns National Park|
|North Carolina & Tennessee||Great Smoky Mountains National Park|
|North Dakota||Theodore Roosevelt National Park|
|Oregon||Crater Lake National Park|
|South Dakota||Badlands National Park|
|South Dakota||Mount Rushmore National Memorial|
|Texas||Big Bend National Park|
|Texas||Guadalupe Mountains National Park|
|Utah||Arches National Park|
|Utah||Bryce Canyon National Park|
|Utah||Canyonlands National Park|
|Utah||Capitol Reef National Park|
|Utah||Zion National Park in Utah|
|Virginia||Shenandoah National Park|
|Washington||Mount Rainier National Park|
|Washington||Olympic National Park|
|Wyoming||Grand Teton National Park|
|Wyoming||Yellowstone National Park|
Pompey's Pillar National Monument in Montana ... on the route of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
List of Popular National & Historic Monuments in the United States
Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in Washington
White Sands National Monument in New Mexico
San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington
Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania
Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska
Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York
Muir Woods National Monument in California
Jamestown National Historic Site in Virginia
Natchez Trace Parkway
Colorado National Monument
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah
Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania
Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah
Misty Fjords National Monument in Alaska
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah and Arizona
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park in Louisiana
Lake Mead National Recreational Area in Nevada and Arizona
Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Illinois
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Site in Texas
Muir Woods National Monument in California
Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina
Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site in New York
Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming
Capulin Volcano National Monument in New Mexico
Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah
Fort Sumpter National Monument in South Carolina
Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona
Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico
Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area