America is home to 62 national parks spread across various states. From stunning mountain peaks covered in snow to golden sandy beaches, exploring America’s National Parks is the best way to spend an exciting, adventurous holiday. Head to Alaska for some of the most remote and secluded national parks or visit Missouri’s Gateway National Park for an interesting park in an urban setting. Experience the true, natural wilderness by hiking through narrow canyons or find unique marine life by scuba diving in the Caribbean Sea. You will be absolutely impressed by the huge variety of national parks America has to offer. Keep reading and learn more about each national park and the most important details before planning your visit.
Home to eight stunning national parks, Alaska has the second largest number of national parks in America. Covering territories with rich wildlife, mountain peaks covered in snow, crystal clear lake waters, and massive glaciers, Alaska’s wilderness attracts visitors willing to taste a true adventure experience.
1. Denali National Park and Preserve
Home to North America’s tallest peak, Denali National Park and Preserve covers the extensive 6 million acres of Alaska’s wilderness. It is the combination of long glaciers, taiga forests, and mountain peaks covered in snow that make the park unique. Travelers who would like to visit the park should be prepared for a real wilderness adventure with stunning scenery and possible wildlife encounters.
Even though the park is open year-round, the summer season is probably the better time to visit due to the higher number of activities and facilities offered. The entrance fee is around $15 per person and valid for 7 days. The pass needs to be purchased at the Denali Bus Depot or the Denali Visitor Center. Keep in mind that if you would like to camp overnight or backpack through the park, you need a special permit as well. Every year, there are approximately 5-6 days when visitors can enjoy a free entrance day.
2. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
As the northernmost national park in America, Gates of Arctic National Park and Preserve is located entirely within the Arctic Circle. The park is the second largest National Park in the US; however, it is the least visited. It is the park’s remoteness as well as its wilderness and lack of roads and hiking trails that attract only the most adventurous travelers. The largest area of the park is covered by the Brooks Range, believed to be around 126 million years old.
The park is open 24 hours a day, all year-round. You might be surprised to hear that the park is free of charge, but keep in mind that the remote terrain is extremely challenging; visitors should be very well prepared for a self-sufficient exploration of the park. The park signs also remind visitors that there is no cell phone service, and everyone should be self-reliant in case of an emergency.
3. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Glacier Bay National Park is situated in Southeast Alaska, covering a territory of more than 3 million acres. The park is known to be home to various glaciers, rich wildlife, and temperate rainforest. Glacier Bay is also part of one of the largest international protected regions by UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Once completely covered by glaciers, there are approximately 1000 left now, with John Hopkins, Grand Pacific, and Margerie being the most popular.
As the park is mainly accessible by boat, there are no entrance fees or gates. Due to its wild nature, it is open 24 hours, all year-round. However, the main season is from May to September. While there are options for different outdoor activities, such as hiking and kayaking, the vast majority of people spend a day admiring the stunning scenery of the Fairweather Mountains from the deck of a cruise ship.
4. Katmai National Park and Preserve
Covering a total area of more than 4 million acres, Katmai National Park and Preserve was established in 1918 to preserve the 18 volcanoes within its territory, seven of which are still active. The park was named after Mount Katmai, which is a massive conical volcano with layers of ash and lava. The lands around the park are known for being home to a huge variety of wildlife. More than 2000 brown bears are protected under the territory of Katmai National Park.
One of the most visited locations is the Brooks Camp, which has a viewing platform from which visitors are able to see the popular Alaskan brown bear, especially in July and September. People who would like to dive into the Alaskan wilderness can visit the park free of charge seven days per week, year-round. Visitors can enjoy activities such as kayaking, fishing, and hiking; however, you should keep in mind that there are only a few services within the park boundaries. The closest grocery store is in King Salmon.
5. Kenai Fjords National Park
Located on the Kenai Peninsula, Kenai Fjords National Park encompasses around 700,000 acres of glaciers and fjords. The park is home to the largest ice field in America, Harding Icefield, which has 38 glaciers. Covered in a wide expanse of ice, the main way to access the park is via a boat tour. Exit Glacier is one of the only locations around the park that can be reached by car. Jumping on a boat tour across the stunning waters of Kenai Fjords, though, is a unique experience. The boats leave from the closest harbor town, Seward, and will take you through an unforgettable adventure across this frozen kingdom.
While the park is operational year-round, June through August are the best months to visit. If you want to visit during the winter, keep in mind that the roads are closed after the first snow. There are no entrance fees to visit the Kenai Fjords National Park.
6. Kobuk Valley National Park
Situated 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Kobuk Valley National Park covers a territory of 1,750,000 acres. Due to its remoteness and lack of road system, the park is one of the least visited in the USA. Visitors can only reach the park via charter flights, available year-round, but operational based on weather conditions. The park is known for the caribou migration route, crossed annually by more than half of a million caribou.
While there is no entrance fee to the park, visitors need to book a flight for about $500 round trip per person to get to the park. The park is open year-round, though weather conditions are often unpredictable. Visitors should be prepared with snow gear even during the summer months. With the lack of roads and just a few services, people looking to visit Kobuk Valley National Park should be prepared for a real adventure through Alaska’s wilderness.
7. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
From massive glaciers to crystal clear lake waters, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is one of the most diverse and beautiful parks across the state of Alaska. Situated on the Alaska Peninsula, the parks cover more than 4 million acres. Visitors can enjoy a widely diverse landscape with 4 active volcanoes, 3 mountain ranges, and a combination of a temperate rainforest and a tundra plateau. To top this off, the park is home to rich wildlife that includes bears, caribou, and various seabirds.
Lake Clark National Park is another Alaskan park, which is only accessible via boat or plane. Hence, you will need to book a two-hour flight from Anchorage to the park. Once within the park, there are no entrance fees. The park is operational year-round, seven days a week. If you have decided to embark on this wild adventure, be prepared for a lack of internet and cellular services. The park has no marked or established hiking trails, so if you want to explore the park, you will need to find your own way.
8. Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Covering more than 13 million acres, Wrangell St. Elias is the largest National Park in America. It is not only the glaciers and icefields that make the park’s scenery absolutely surreal. St Elias is also home to one of the world’s largest volcanoes – Mount Wrangell. Formed more than 5 million years ago, the volcano is still active. Visitors looking for a real adventure should head to the park and explore the untouched nature beauty.
The park is open for visitors, year-round, with the main season being from June to September. If you are planning on visiting after the beginning of September, keep in mind that the area may already be covered in snow. You can get to the park via Nebesna Road and McCarthy Road. There are few services and facilities around the park, and they are all closed from October to April, so keep that in mind, too. There is no entrance fee to the park.
Explore a national park within a desert in the state of Arizona.
9. Grand Canyon National Park
As one of the most visited national parks in America, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona attracts more than 6 million tourists every year. Covering a territory of 1.2 million acres, the park is home to the largest canyon in the world. The Grand Canyon is one of the Colorado River gorges running for 277 miles after years of erosion. Beautiful layers of red and brown blend together to create this stunning natural landscape. Visitors can either enjoy various day hikes, or they can go backpacking across the park.
While the South Rim, including Grand Canyon Village and Desert View, are operational year-round, the North Rim is popular for its facilities and open only from mid-May until mid-October. As the park is extremely popular among tourists, it is advisable to make a reservation beforehand for the campsites and lodgings in the area. You will also need to get an entrance pass for the park. The private vehicle costs $35 for 7 days, whereas an individual ticket for hikers costs $20 for 7 days.
10. Petrified Forest National Park
Located in northeast Arizona, Petrified Forest National Park is quite extraordinary in nature. At an elevation of 5,400 feet, the park covers an extensive desert area with extremely dry and windy weather. The park, however, is mostly known for the largest concentration of petrified wood in the world. With history dating back to 220 million years ago, the park is home to various fossils of fallen trees. In addition to that, fossilized dinosaur remains have also been found in the park’s territory.
Known for its shades of red color, the Painted Desert is also located within the park and certainly worth the visit! The park is operational year-round, except December 25, with park road hours from 8AM to 5PM. Visitors who would like to enter the park need to obtain a ticket – $25 for 7 days for a private vehicle or $15 for 7 days for hikers and bikers.
11. Saguaro National Park
The Saguaro National Park is located approximately 15 miles away from Tucson, Arizona. Covering a territory of almost 95,000 acres, the park is divided into two distinctive areas – the Tuscon Mountain and the Rincon Mountain. Also home to the impressive Sonoran Desert, the park protects a huge variety of flora and fauna. The park, however, is mainly known for the largest cacti in America spread all across the park.
Visitors can enjoy various hiking trails across the park, the most popular of which are the King Canyon Trail, Valley View Overlook Trail, and Rincon Peak. All across the park, though, you feel the secluded and remote desert vibe of the place. While the Tuscon Mountain District is open for cars from sunrise to sunset, the Rincon Mountain District is open from 6AM to sunset. If you would like to walk or bike, the park is operational 24 hours a day. The park offers the following passes for entering the park – the vehicle weekly pass for $25, the motorcycle weekly pass for $20, and the individual weekly pass for $15.
Arkansas is home to what is known as one of the oldest national parks in America.
12. Hot Springs National Park
As one of the smallest national parks in the USA, Hot Springs National Park is located within the town of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Known for its 47 thermal springs, the park is an excellent place for relaxation and recreation. Nowadays, the park is utilizing the hot water flowing from Hot Springs Mountain for public use. The mineral-rich springs are believed to have healing powers, so people would visit this little spa center seeking relief and cure. The park is home to historic bathhouses positioned in a quiet environment where visitors can enjoy an amazing day of relaxation.
While there are no entrance fees to the park, you will be charged $30 per night if you want to camp. Within the park are 2 facilities, the Buckstaff Bathhouse and the Quapaw Bathhouse, offering spa services. The park is operational year-round with the roads to Hot Springs Mountain and West Mountain Summit open from 8AM to 10PM. The visitor centers, as well as the Grand Promenade, Reserve Street, and Fountain Street are open from 5AM to 10PM.
Home to nine national parks, California is the state with the largest number of national parks in the USA.
13. Channel Islands National Park
Consisting of five of the eight Channel Islands, Channel Islands National Park is located off the coast of Southern California. The park covers a territory of almost 250,000 acres with a huge variety of plant species. Additionally, the surrounding waters of the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants – millions of sea species – are also protected by the park. Anacapa, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Miguel, and Santa Rosa are the islands included in the park’s boundaries.
The park is operational year-round, and there are no entrance fees to visit the park. Before visiting, keep in mind that you can only reach the park by plane or boat. As the largest island in the park, Santa Cruz attracts the highest number of visitors every year. Part of the activities you can enjoy in the park are camping, hiking, scuba diving, and whale watching.
14. Death Valley National Park
As the largest national park in America, Death Valley National Park is located on the border between California and Nevada. Also known as the hottest, lowest, and driest national park, it is often referred to as “A Land of Extremes.” Yet visitors can admire the stunning golden sand dunes, untouched natural beauty and secluded, peaceful oases. Covering 3.4 million acres, the park is home to more than 1000 plant species that can only be found in this region.
The park is operational daily, year-round, and visitors need to pay an entrance fee. If you are visiting by car it will be $30 for 7 days, and if you are traveling on motorcycle, bike, or on foot, the price will be $15 for 7 days. Before visiting, keep in mind that the vast majority of the park’s territory is claimed as wilderness. Even still, there are numerous activities that visitors can enjoy, such as hiking, camping, off roading, or simply just admiring the stunning night sky.
15. Joshua Tree National Park
Located in south-eastern California, Joshua Tree National Park is the meeting place for the Mojave and Colorado deserts. The park covers an area of 790,000 acres of deep Californian wilderness. The park is mainly known for the popular Joshua trees; however, it is also home to large dunes, wild forests, and rocky areas. Visitors can enjoy 300 miles of hiking paths and 8,000 climbing routes within the park. Away from the city lights, the park is also a great location to admire the spectacular night sky.
The park can be visited any time of the year, as it is operational year-round. Due to the high temperatures during the summer, though, the park’s peak season is spring. If you would like to visit the park, you need to pay the entrance fee, which is $30 per vehicle or $15 for bikers. Once you get the pass, though, it is valid for 7 consecutive days.
16. Kings Canyon National Park
As America’s third oldest national park, Kings Canyon National Park covers a territory of 460,000 acres of deep canyons, stunning waterfalls, and quickly flowing rivers. One of the main sights in the park is the world’s second tallest tree – the General Grant Tree, topping 100 feet above the ground. The entire area is extremely well known as the home of the Giant Sequoias.
The park is open year-round, 24 hours a day. However, keep in mind that during the winter season, some of the park roads might be closed due to the variation in temperatures and weather conditions. Visitors need to purchase an entrance pass at $35 per vehicle or $20 for individual on foot or by bicycle. Due to its proximity to Sequoia National Park, the two parks are often considered as one and a single ticket gives you access to both parks.
17. Lassen Volcanic National Park
Home to the biggest lava dome, Lassen Volcanic National Park spreads over more than 100,000 acres. The massive plug dome volcano, Lassen Peak, is the main sight within the park. The volcano has not erupted since 1915, but the surrounding area is still active with hot springs, mud pots, and steam emissions. The park was established to preserve the entire area, as one of the few locations in the world with four volcano types – volcanic cones, stratovolcano, plug dome, and shield volcano.
The park is operational year-round, but summer is the tourist season with the highest number of facilities and services provided. As with the majority of parks, the entrance fee needs to be paid upon arrival, which is around $30 per vehicle or $15 for individual pass. The winter pass is only $10 for the period between December and April. All passes are valid for 7 consecutive days. Lassen Volcanic National Park is a fantastic location for your summer holiday this year, where you can enjoy the stunning landscapes of unique volcanoes and crystal clear mountain lakes.
18. Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles National Park is located close to the western coast of California. Known for the remains of the extinct volcano, the park is preserving a total area of 27,000 acres. The massive stone monoliths spreading across the valley attract thousands of rock climbers every year. Hiking, as well as cave exploration, are some of the other activities visitors can enjoy.
The park is open year-round with the West entrance open from sunrise to sunset every day. The park gets extremely busy over the weekend, so visitors are advised to be prepared for long lines. If you would like to camp in the park, you need to make a reservation beforehand. An entrance pass needs to be purchased upon arrival, costing $30 per vehicle or $15 for walk-ins or bikers.
19. Redwood National and State Parks
Covering a total of 140,000 acres, the Redwood National and State Parks is a complex of a few state and national parks. Consisting of the beautiful Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks, this natural complex is home to some of the tallest trees in the world. The park is also known for the Redwood forest, a surreal, temperate rainforest, and the 40 miles of the stunning Pacific shore.
While the park itself is open year-round, some of the visitor centers and camping areas closed from October to May. The park is completely free to visit, though a $35 fee is required for those who would like to camp within the park.
20. Sequoia National Parks
Sequoia National Park is home to the largest trees on Earth. The General Sherman tree is 275 feet tall and 25 feet wide and suspected to be at least 2300 years old. Also known as the Land of Giants, the entire park covers around 400,000 acres. As Sequoia National Park borders the Kings Canyon, they are often managed and referred to as one park.
Both parks are operational year-round, and the entrance fee of $35 per vehicle is not only valid for 7 days but will also allow you access to both parks. Visitors can easily explore the parks through the various hiking trails while admiring the stunning giant sequoias, most of which are at least 250 feet tall.
21. Yosemite National Park
Situated in Central California, Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful and popular American National Parks. Spreading at 750,000 acres, the park is home to huge granite cliffs, deep valleys, outstanding waterfalls, giant Sequoia trees, and real nature wilderness. The most notable landmark in the park is the glacial Yosemite Valley, almost 8 miles long and 3,500 feet deep. Surrounded by the vertical granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan, the views of the park are absolutely surreal. Yosemite National Park offers much more than just hiking paths. Visitors can also go fishing, camping, rock climbing, biking, etc.
The park is open year-round, but the summer is the busiest period when sites can get a bit too crowded. Visitors are expected to pay an entrance fee when they arrive. The vehicle pass costs $35, while the individual pass is $20. All purchased passes are valid for 7 days in a row.
With its unique diverse scenery, Colorado is home to 4 stunning National Parks.
22. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is home to some of the most beautiful and dramatic views across the country. Black Canyon is an impressive 48-mile canyon created in a period of more than 2 million years. Nowadays, the Gunnison River meanders through stunning walls of gray stone rising at 2,600 feet above the river. While the park covers a territory of 30,000 acres, only 12 miles of the Black Canyon are located within the park’s boundaries. If you are looking for a new adventure, you will certainly enjoy hiking through this stunning park, known for the depth, darkness, and steep cliffs of the Black Canyon.
The park is open 24 hours a day, but the South Rim Road is open for vehicles only from April to mid-November. Visitors need to purchase a pass before entering the park. Options are a 7-Day Vehicle Pass for $25, 7-Day Motorcycle Pass for $20, or 7-Day Individual Pass for $15. The park is known as a great spot for outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Tourists also explore the park through scenic drives along Highway 50 and 92, which offer a stunning view of the canyon.
23. Great Sand Dunes National Park
Home to the tallest dunes in America, the Great Sand Dunes National Park is located in south-central Colorado. Spreading across 150,000 acres, the park offers stunning views of mountain peaks covered in snow, aspen forests, and golden sand dunes. Rising at 750 feet, the largest sand dune in the park is a natural phenomenon created by the Rio Grande River over a period of thousands of years. Visitors who want to explore the sand dunes should remember that there are no actual trails and temperatures can get up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
The park is open 24 hours, year-round, but if you are visiting during the summer, make sure you start the day early due to the high temperatures. An entrance pass needs to be purchased upon arrival at $25 for vehicles. The park attracts outdoor enthusiasts not only with its numerous hiking options but also the unique sandboarding and sand sledding experiences.
24. Mesa Verde National Park
Not only a national park, but also an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mesa Verde is situated at the heart of Colorado. Protecting approximately 5,000 sites and more than 600 cliff dwellings, this is one of the most extraordinary parks across America. Covering a territory of 52,000 acres, the park was once the home of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Visitors should certainly pay a visit to the Cliff Palace, known as the largest complex of cliff dwellings in the USA. Various hiking options are also available for travelers looking for an ancient archaeological experience within the stunning natural environment.
The park is operational all year-round, but the facilities around the park have different opening hours. Visitors need to buy an entrance pass, the pricing for which varies depending on the season. The vehicle entrance fee during the summer is $30 and $20 for the other seasons. The individual entrance fee is $15 in the summer, $10 for the other months.
25. Rocky Mountains National Park
As one of the most well-known and spectacular national parks in America, Rocky Mountains National Park is located just 70 miles away from Denver. Visitors can enjoy rich wildlife, alpine tundra, 14,000-feet mountain ranges, and deep valleys. Thanks to the rich ecosystem, the park was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1976.
The park is operational year-round, and visitors need to get an entrance pass. Options are: 1-Day automobile pass for $25, 1-Day motorcycle pass for $25, or 1-Day individual pass for $15. Home to 360 miles of hiking trails, the best way to explore the Rocky Mountains is by immersing yourself in the park’s landmarks. You can also go fishing, camping, or horseback riding, as well as drive along the scenic routes of Trail Ridge Road or Old Fall River Road.
From abandoned fortresses to unique tropical wilderness, Florida’s three national parks are quite extraordinary, offering visitors a true nature experience.
26. Biscayne National Park
Almost entirely located in water, Biscayne National Park preserves the offshore barrier reefs in southern Florida. Covering more than 170,000 acres, the park is home to four distinct ecosystems: the offshore Florida Reef, the coral limestone keys, the Bay’s shallow waters, and the mangrove forest.
The park is not only operational year-round, but it is also free of charge. Visitors who would like to camp need to pay a camping fee of $25 per night. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, the Biscayne National Park with its various activities, such as kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming, is the place for you this summer.
27. Dry Tortugas National Park
Located 70 miles away from Key West, Dry Tortugas National Park is quietly sitting in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. Even though the main sight is Fort Jefferson, the park is also home to seven Dry Tortugas islands. The park preserves stunning coral reefs, diverse marine wildlife, as well as more than 200 bird species. Visitors can start the day by exploring Fort Jefferson, one of the oldest fortresses in the US, followed by a fantastic afternoon of snorkeling or scuba diving in the Gulf’s crystal clear waters.
The park’s entrance fee is $15 per person, valid for 7 consecutive days, and an additional $15 per night for those who want to camp. While the park is operational year-round, 24 hours a day, some of the islands (East Key, Middle Key, Hospital Key, and Long Key) are closed to the public. Situated on Garden Key, Fort Jefferson is open from sunrise to sunset every day.
28. Everglades National Park
As the largest tropical wilderness in America, Everglades National Park preserves one of the most vital ecosystems in the country. Covering more than 1 million acres, this is the third largest national park in the contiguous US. The park is home to an extremely wide range of flora and fauna. With 350 bird species, 300 types of fish, 40 different mammals, and 50 reptiles, the park was established to protect the region’s fragile ecosystem. Additionally, the largest mangrove forest in the entire Western Hemisphere is located within the park’s boundaries.
The park is operational year-round, and there is no entrance fee for visitors. Visitors are advised to plan ahead, as the park has two very distinct seasons – dry and wet. Lasting from November to March, the dry season is more popular among tourists. Keep in mind that Everglades National Park is one of the most endangered national parks in America, so make sure that your visit to the park will be as sustainable as possible.
The small island of Hawaii offers visitors the option to explore two unique national parks, home to some of the most active volcanoes in the world.
29. Haleakala National Park
Covering a territory of around 33,000 acres, Haleakala National Park is one of the smallest parks in the United States. The park is home to the Haleakala volcano situated on Maui island. Sitting at 10,000 feet above sea level, it is also the highest peak on the island. This massive volcano with its 7.5-mile-long and 3000-foot-deep crater has not been active since the 17th century.
While the park is operational year-round, 24 hours a day, visitors who would like to go to the Summit District and admire the stunning sunrise between 3AM and 7AM need to get a special sunrise reservation. Visitors are also required to pay an entrance fee – $30 for a vehicle for 3 days or $15 for hikers or bikers. Outdoor lovers can enjoy the park by hiking through the green forests, or they can book a tour to visit the volcano. Remember that the Haleakala National Park preserves the largest number of endangered species in a park in America.
30. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Home to the most active volcano in the world – Kilauea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park covers almost 330,000 acres. The largest shield volcano in the world, Mauna Loa, is also located within the park’s territory. The combination of rare flora and fauna, as well as layers of lava erupting from the two active volcanoes, make the park unique and extraordinary. The park was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
The park is operational year-round. Visitors need to pay an entrance fee around $30 per vehicle for 7 days or $15 per person. The best way to explore this volcanic area is to go hiking. The park, however, is also known for the two scenic drives, Chain of Craters Road and Crater Rim Drive, that offer stunning views of the park.
Known for its pristine beaches, Indiana Dunes National Park is the only park in the state of Indiana.
31. Indiana Dunes National Park
Situated just 60 miles away from Chicago, Indiana Dunes National Park is the perfect location for your summer holiday away from the busy city life. Spread across more than 15,000 acres, the park preserves a large portion of Lake Michigan’s coast. Not only is the park well-known for its golden beaches, but it also has 50 miles of hiking trails for its visitors.
Even though the park is open year-round, the park areas are operational only from 6AM to 11:00 PM. During the busy season, visitors are expected to pay an entrance fee of $6 per car per day. The period before Memorial weekend and after Labor Day is free of charge. Those who would like to camp can do so between April and November for an additional charge of $25 per night.
Kentucky is home to one of the most interesting and extraordinary national parks in the United States.
32. Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest cave system, located in south-western Kentucky. With more than 400 miles of passageways situated 300 feet below the surface, Mammoth Cave National Park is no ordinary park. Visitors are able to hike inside the earth, admiring the outstanding limestone formations. The park also covers more than 50,000 acres with various forests, 70 miles of hiking trails, 3 camp areas, and 20 miles of flowing rivers.
The park is open year-round, with the visitor center closed only on December 25. Entering the park is free of charge, but visitors who would like to make the most of their stay can book a tour through the cave labyrinth which costs $8 per adult and $6 for children. Visitors can also enjoy water activities, such as kayaking, fishing, and boating.
With its rocky coastline and marine activities, Maine is home to two of America’s National Parks.
33. Acadia National Park
Located in the state of Maine, Acadia National Park spreads across Mount Desert Island and the surrounding archipelago with its smaller islands. With a territory of just 50,000 acres, the park is considered a relatively small one; however, its stunning landscapes have given it the name of the “Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast.” From rugged mountains to picturesque ocean shoreline, the park is the perfect spot for your summer holiday destination.
The park itself is operational year-round; however, most of the facilities and roads are closed during the winter. Visitors are expected to get an entrance pass based on the type of transportation they use. For private vehicles, the fee is $30; for motorcycles, it is $25; and, for individual hikers or bikers, it is $15. Each ticket would allow you access to the park for one week. With approximately 3.5 million annual visits, the park is one of the 10 most popular parks in America. Even though the park offers more than 150 miles of hiking trails, it is often visited for the marine attractions and activities.
34. Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Roosevelt Campobello International Park is situated between Canada and the state of Maine in the USA. Established in 1964, the park is a symbol of the collaboration between the two countries. The main attraction within the park is the cottage of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He and his family visited the island numerous times throughout the years to enjoy outdoor activities and cooler summer days.
The park is operational year-round from sunrise to sunset. The Roosevelt Cottage is open from US Memorial Day to Canadian Thanksgiving from 10AM to 6PM every day. Visitors can enter the 2,800 acres of the park free of charge and enjoy short day hikes along the beaches and the forests.
Immerse yourself in the real wilderness by visiting Michigan’s only national park.
35. Isle Royale National Park
Located in the state of Michigan, Isle Royale National Park covers a territory of 580,000 acres. Consisting of hundreds of islands and their surrounding waters, the park is home to the gorgeous Lake Superior. Known as the biggest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Superior is also the largest of the Great Lakes. Due to its unique natural environment, the park has been declared as a wilderness area as well as a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve. With its remoteness and lack of roads, the park is a real escape from daily life.
Compared to most of the other national parks, Isle Royale is not operational year-round. The park is closed between November and April due to safety measures during severe winter conditions. Visitors need to pay an entrance fee of $7 per person per day. The best way to experience the park is to go camping for a few nights surrounded by Lake Superior’s wilderness. Visitors can enjoy numerous activities such as hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, etc.
For an exciting winter adventure through frozen landscapes, visit Minnesota’s only national park – Voyageurs National Park.
36. Voyageurs National Park
Voyageurs National Park is another park situated on the border between the United States and Canada. Spreading over almost 220,000 acres, the park preserves four lakes – Sand Point, Namaken, Rainy, and Kabetogama. As a result, a large portion of the park is a massive network of water connected through narrow waterways. Believed to be created by glaciers, the park’s area is covered with high bluffs, small islands, and rocky bays.
The park is operational year-round with no entrance fee for visitors. While the summer season is extremely busy with people enjoying water activities, such as boating, kayaking, and fishing, the true adventure lovers would love to visit during the winter months. With the low winter temperatures, the lake waters freeze and become fantastic trails for snowmobiles. The entire frozen winter terrain is also great for cross-country ski experiences.
Missouri is home to the only national park established in an urban setting. Visit St. Louis and the Gateway Arch National Park to learn more.
37. Gateway Arch National Park
Known as the smallest national park in America, Gateway Arch National Park covers less than 200 acres. The park is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and was initially established as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Nowadays, the park protects the 630-foot-tall arch built to memorialize the Lewis and Clark Expedition and its surrounding area.
The park is operational year-round, closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. During the summer months, it is open from 8AM to 10PM, whereas the winter hours are from 9AM to 6PM. The entrance fee is $3 per person, and children under the age of 16 enter free of charge. Located in the urban setting of St. Louis, Gateway Arch National Park is the most easily accessible park in America. Visitors can just stroll along the Mississippi River and admire the reflections of the arch in the water. For the history buffs, there is a visitor center with a museum below the arch that tells the story of westward expansion.
Montana’s wilderness has been protected by one of the most remote and interesting national parks in the country.
38. Glacier National Park
Far away, on the border with Canada, one can find the real wilderness. Situated in northwestern Montana, Glacier National Park is one of the most stunning and remote parks in America. The park covers an area of 1 million acres of jagged mountains, beautiful lakes, and green forests. Referred to as the “Crown of the Continent,” the park’s wide variety of flora and fauna is truly outstanding.
The park is open year-round and most popular among tourists during the summer months, as severe weather conditions during the winter can cause road closures. Visiting the park by car will cost you $35 for a 7-day pass, while traveling by bicycle or on foot costs $20. If you are an adventurer looking for a new wild experience, Glacier National Park is certainly the place for you.
39. Great Basin National Park
Covering a territory of more than 77,000 acres, Great Basin National Park is situated around the second highest mountain in Nevada – Wheeler Peak. The park is mostly known as the home of the ancient bristlecone pines. Visitors are impressed by the huge diversity across the park with more than 800 plant species. Another popular landmark within the park is Lehman Cave.
Completely free of charge, the park is operational year-round. Other than hiking and backpacking, visitors can also choose between various tours, such as exploring the Lehman Cave or the Astronomy Program. Due to its remoteness, Great Basin National Park is known for having some of the darkest night skies, and as a result was designated an International Dark Sky Park.
From massive unique caves to white sand dunes, New Mexico‘s two national parks deserve your attention.
40. Carlsbad Cavern National Park
Carlsbad Cavern National Park is home to 117 extraordinary caves. The park is named after the largest of all, Carlsbad Cavern, which winds for approximately 120 miles underground. Visiting the cave should certainly be part of your itinerary when exploring the park. The cave is divided into separate rooms, the biggest of which is 4,000 feet long and 255 feet high. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful collection of formations, such as stalactites, stalagmites, and lakes within the cave.
The park itself is operational year-round, 24-hours a day. Access to the cave is allowed only between 8:30AM and 3:30PM (the last entry for the day). Visitors need to purchase an entrance ticket of $15 per person to enter the cave, valid for 3 consecutive days. While anyone can explore the cave on their own, visitors can also join a guided tour. If you are planning a longer visit to the park, you can also go hiking along the Guadalupe Mountains and Chihuahuan Desert above the ground.
41. White Sands National Park
Covering around 150,000 acres, White Sands National Park preserves the biggest dune field of gypsum crystals in the world. The park is located just 15 miles away from Alamogordo, New Mexico. Originally established as a National Monument in 1933, White Sands National Park is the newest National Park in the USA, established as such in 2019. You will be impressed by the stunning views of waves of white sand dunes spreading across the desert.
The park is operational year-round, except for Christmas Day. The park gates are open from 7:00 AM until 6:00PM – 9:00PM depending on the time of year you are visiting. Visitors would need to purchase a weekly entrance pass. While vehicles are charged $25, the admission fee for bikers and pedestrians is $15. The park not only offers options for hiking, biking, and horseback-riding, but visitors can also try sledding down the white dunes or go on a 13 km scenic drive along the dune field.
Visit Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite national park by going to North Dakota’s only national park.
42. Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Named after America’s 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in western North Dakota. The park covers approximately 70,000 acres, divided in three sections: the North, the South, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. The park not only has historic significance to the country, but it is also home to a wide variety of fauna. Those interested in the history of the park can visit Roosevelt’s cabins – the Maltese Cross Cabin and the Elkhorn Ranch. If you are an outdoor lover, there are numerous hiking trails providing beautiful views of the Little Missouri River winding across the park.
The park is operational year-round, though some facilities can be closed during the winter season. Visitors need to pay an entrance fee of around $30 per vehicle or $15 per individual on foot or traveling by bike. The passes are all valid for 7 consecutive days. The park’s infrastructure makes it easily accessible by car, and visitors often like taking the scenic drives to enjoy the untouched natural beauty of the park.
Ohio is home to one of the most visited national parks in America – the small and unique Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
43. Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Located just 20 miles from busy Cleveland, Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers its visitors a peaceful and quiet natural escape between isolated waterfalls reached via small trails. Spread over nearly 32,000 acres, the park is considered one of the smaller parks in the US. However, its rich history makes it quite interesting to visit. The park has a huge urban and road network, connecting a few small towns across the region.
Open year-round, the park is completely free to enter. One of the most popular activities in the park is taking the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail, passing by various historical sites in the park. The park’s scenic railroad is another unique and interesting way to experience the natural beauty of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Oregon is home to the fifth oldest national park in America. Not only this, but Crater Lake National Park is one of the most beautiful across the country.
44. Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park is home to America’s deepest lake at almost 2,000 feet deep. The park covers more than 180,000 acres, protecting the stunning Crater Lake. The lake was formed after Mount Mazama volcano collapsed more than 7,000 years ago. Nowadays, visitors are impressed by the clean deep waters of the lake and the steep cliffs surrounding the area.
The park is operational year-round; however, due to heavy snowfall, many of the roads are closed during the winter season. There is an entrance fee of $30 per car during the summer and $20 in the winter. A motorcycle pass is $25 in the summer and $15 in the winter, while pedestrians are charged $15. Once the pass is purchased, it is valid for 7 consecutive days. Visitors can choose between various hiking trails offering awe-inspiring views of the lake.
South Carolina is home to one of the newest national parks in America – Congaree National Park.
45. Congaree National Park
As one of the newest national parks, Congaree National Park is situated in the heart of South Carolina. Currently covering a territory of 27,000 acres, the park is home to a large, old-growth floodplain forest. The Congaree and Wateree Rivers run through the park, leading to a few floods per year.
The park is operational year-round, with the main trails open daily from sunrise to sunset. The park is free of charge not only for visiting but also for camping. Outdoor lovers can enjoy the 4km boardwalk, meandering through the forest, or trying some water activities, such as canoeing, kayaking, or fishing.
South Dakota’s two national parks are home to interesting cave and rock formations!
46. Badlands National Park
Covering more than 240,000 acres, Badlands National Park is situated in the southwestern part of South Dakota. The landscapes of the parks are extremely interesting with various rock formations, such as steep buttes, rock pinnacles, and gullies. It took millions of years for the water to carve these stunningly colorful, layered cliffs. Many wildlife species, such as bison, elk, and bighorn sheep, live in the park. The park is also known to have the largest collection of fossils in the world.
The park is operational year-round, but the visitor centers are open only during the summer season. Visitors need to buy a 7-day entrance pass for $30 per vehicle or $15 for pedestrians and bikers. Regardless if you want to hike through the interesting cliff formations or you want to go for a fossil hunt, the Badlands National Park has it all.
47. Wind Cave National Park
Situated just 10 miles away from Hot Springs, South Dakota, Wind Cave National Park is the nation’s seventh national park created, the first one established to protect a cave. At almost 34,000 acres, the park is known as home to the interesting Wind Cave. As one of the world’s longest caves, it runs for almost 150 miles of underground cave passageways. The cave is also popular for its unique calcite formations called boxwork and frostwork.
The park is generally open year-round, though some of the roads are subject to closure in the winter months. The park itself is free of charge, but if you would like to explore the cave, you need to book a tour and pay an admission fee between $10 – $30 per adult, based on the type of tour. If you would like to stay overnight, an additional fee of $18 per night is required.
48. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
As America’s most-visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains attracts more than 9 million tourists every year. Covering a territory of approximately 530,000 acres, the park stretches across the states of Tennessee and North Carolina. The park was established to protect the stunning Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain chain, known to be one of the oldest on Earth.
The park is open year-round; however, some of the roads might be closed during the winter season, depending on the weather conditions. There is no entrance fee to visit the park. While the park has a massive 800-mile system of hiking trails, most people prefer visiting the park by car. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Cades Cove, and Foothills Parkway are some of the most popular scenic drives in the park. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its beautiful fall colors, hence, the busiest season to visit the park is autumn.
The beautiful state of Texas offers more than just dry desert landscape. Visit Texas’s two national parks for a real outdoor adventure.
49. Big Bend National Park
Located on the border between America and Mexico, Big Bend National Park is one of the largest in the country. Covering around 800,000 acres, the park preserves the remote Chihuahuan Desert and the Rio Grande River. Even though the park is often referred to as mainly desert, it is also home to 1,200 plant species, 75 mammal species, and 56 reptile species.
The park’s entrances are open all year, though the visitor centers are operational only during business hours. Visitors need to pay an entrance fee of $30 per car or $15 for pedestrians and bicyclists. With more than 200 miles of hiking trails and 150 miles of dirt roads, the park is perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, wildlife observation, and camping.
50. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located east of El Paso, Texas. With a territory of almost 87,000 acres, the park’s main landmark is the highest point in Texas – Guadalupe Peak at 8,749 feet. The breathtaking McKittrick Canyon is the other major site within the park.
Travelers can visit the park year-round for a $10 entrance fee per adult. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is the perfect location for adventure seekers with its 86 miles of trails across the stunning, rugged natural landscape of the park.
With a total of five national parks, Utah ranks third as the state with the highest number of national parks.
51. Arches National Park
Situated in eastern Utah, Arches National Park covers a territory of more than 75,000 acres. The park is known for its truly unique geological formations, rising tall in the middle of the desert scenery. Home to more than 2,000 natural stone arches, the park offers breathtaking views of the Colorado Plateau in shades of red and brown.
The park is generally open year-round, with the visitor center being closed only on December 25. Due to the high summer temperatures, the best time to visit the park is spring and fall. Like most of the American national parks, visitors are required to pay an entrance fee. The pass is valid for 7 consecutive days, costing $30 per vehicle or $15 for individuals with no car.
52. Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is home to a giant collection of hoodoos that have formed a natural amphitheater in southwestern Utah. These interesting shapes of rocks have taken thousands of years to carve by the power of water and erosion. Today, visitors can enjoy stunning views of rock formations in shades of red, brown, and orange rising over a desert landscape.
Even though the most popular months to visit the park are from May until September, the park is operational year-round. If you are visiting during the winter, keep in mind that some of the roads might be closed after the first winter snow. You will need to pay an entrance fee of $35 per vehicle or $20 for walk-in to enter the park. The best way to explore the Bryce Canyon National Park is going hiking or horseback-riding.
53. Canyonlands National Park
Covering a territory of 350,000 acres, Canyonlands National Park is located in southeastern Utah. Divided in four districts, the park is literally a maze of canyons and gorges. It is not just the stunning landscape of interesting rock formations combined with the winding rivers that make the park unique in its nature. It is also known as one of the homes of the Ancient Pueblo people.
The park is operational year-round, but some of the facilities are closed during the winter months. Visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of around $30 per vehicle or $15 for individuals without a car. Visitors are reminded to plan their trip to the park well in advance, as the park is extremely remote and there are only a few services provided.
54. Capitol Reef National Park
Home to steep cliffs, deep canyons, and massive buttes, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden gem in south-central Utah. Stretching across more than 240,000 acres, the park protects the popular rock formation – Waterpocket Fold. The 100-mile geological formation is the central landmark of the park. Another area not to be missed is the Cathedral Valley District, which even if more remote is equally spectacular.
Operational year-round, the park welcomes a lower number of visitors. Don’t be fooled, though; the park is the perfect location for a desert adventure. Visiting the park requires an entrance fee of $20 for vehicles or $10 for pedestrians or bikers.
55. Zion National Park
The relatively small Zion National Park with just over 147,000 acres is by far the most popular in the state of Utah. Home to the stunning Zion Canyon, the park offers visitors breathtaking views of steep cliffs rising high above a narrow plateau. The canyon was carved by the meandering Virgin River underneath. The park does not fail to impress with beautiful views of cliffs painted in red and brown dropping into the narrow dark valley.
The park is open every day of the year, with the peak season between April until October. The park offers shuttle buses running only throughout the day. Visitors need to purchase a weekly pass before entering the park. Options depend on your type of transportation – for private vehicles, it’s $35; for motorcycles, $30; and, for individuals on foot or traveling by bike, $20.
Visit Virginia’s only national park for an amazing nature getaway at any time of the year.
56. Shenandoah National Park
Known for the famous Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park is located in the state of Virginia. With almost 200,000 acres, the park is a real wilderness gem with beautiful waterfalls, wildflower fields, and quiet forests. The park is an extremely popular destination during the autumn, when visitors drive along the Skyline Drive and admire the fall colors.
The park is operational year-round; however, the scenic Skyline Drive might be partially closed during the winter. Similar to most of the American National Parks, visitors are required to pay an entrance fee. The Single Vehicle Pass is $30, while individual passes for walk-ins is $15. The park is a fantastic location to enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking across the 500 miles of paths, fishing in the cold mountain rivers, or just enjoying the beautiful night sky.
The state of Washington is home to three unique national parks offering the ultimate wilderness experience.
57. Mount Rainier National Park
Covering a territory of 234,000 acres, Mount Rainier National Park was America’s fifth national park. The main landscape of the park is Mount Rainier itself – an active volcano rising at an elevation of 14,410 feet. Due to the huge amount of glacial ice, it is also considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Backpack enthusiasts will be attracted by the 93-mile Wonderland Trail. This hiking path goes around the entire park and takes two weeks to complete – a real mountain adventure.
Travelers can visit the park throughout the year, though July and August are the most popular months, due to the warm, dry weather. Keep in mind that during the winter, some of the entrances as well as facilities are closed. Visitors are required to pay an entrance fee before being allowed into the park. The weekly pass for a single vehicle is $30, while the walk-up or bike pass is $15.
58. North Cascades National Park
Close to the Canadian border, North Cascades National Park is located in the state of Washington. Covering more than 500,000 acres, the park is home to massive mountain ranges, vast forests, and wide flora diversity. Visitors explore the park by hiking and climbing the outstanding Mount Triumph, Eldorado Peak, Mount Baker, etc. The park is also home to the largest glacial network in the contiguous United States with 312 glaciers.
Completely free of charge, the park is open year-round. Most of the facilities, such as visitor centers, are open during business hours from May until September only.
59. Olympic National Park
Located on the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic National Park is divided into three different districts – temperate rainforest, Pacific coast, and the subalpine forest. Stretching across almost 1 million acres, the park is also a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve. From mountain peaks covered in snow to sandy beaches, the park offers its visitors a bit of everything.
The park is generally open throughout the year with the peak season being summer. During the winter months, though, some of the roads and facilities might be closed, depending on weather conditions. Visitors have to purchase an entrance pass for 7 days. Cars are charged $30, $25 for motorcycles, and $15 for walk-ins or bikers. With the vast majority of the park declared as wilderness, travelers have the unique opportunity to explore the park through day hikes, backpacking experiences, camping, or encountering the park’s wildlife.
Wyoming might be home to just two of the 62 American National Parks; however, both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are among the most beautiful in the country.
60. Grand Teton National Park
Covering around 310,000 acres, Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming. The park is known as the home of the Teton Mountain Range, which is also part of the Rocky Mountains. With its mountain lakes, alpine landscape, and wide wildlife, Grand Teton National Park is a great place to find solitude among the stunning nature.
The park is open all year-round, but the best time to visit is between May and September. If you are planning on visiting during the winter, remember that some roads and facilities might be closed. You will need to get a week pass before entering the park. Private vehicles are charged $35, while hikers and bikers are charged $20. From fishing to hiking, the park has a wide range of outdoor activities to offer its visitors.
61. Yellowstone National Park
As America’s oldest national park, Yellowstone National Park was established back in 1872. The park is known for its interesting geothermic activity. The views of colorful hot springs, continuously erupting geysers, and boiling mud pots are truly awe-inspiring.
Even though the park is open year-round, the access during the fall, winter, and spring season is quite limited. Generally, most of the park roads close on November 6th and start reopening at the end of April, beginning of May. The only road open year-round is between the North and Northeast Entrance. Visitors need to purchase a 7-day pass before entering the park. The costs are $35 per vehicle or $20 for individuals traveling by bike or on foot.
American Samoa National Park
American Samoa National Park covers just over 8,000 acres, spreading across the American Samoa territory. The islands of Tutuila, Ofu, and Tau are considered part of the national park. Preserving various coral reefs, tropical rainforests, and the rich Samoan traditions and culture, the park is an excellent summer holiday destination. Visitors can enjoy various activities – from outdoor adventures to just relaxing on the pristine beach.
American Samoa National Park is both free of charge and operational year-round. Visitors can go hiking along the white sand beaches or across the stunning tropical forests. Diving and snorkeling are other popular activities, offering travelers the chance to witness over 950 fish species and 250 corals in their natural habitat.
Virgin Islands National Park
Situated on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, Virgin Islands National Park protects around 15,000 acres of coral reefs, pristine beaches, and tropical rainforests. With its crystal clear waters, the park mainly attracts scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiasts looking to explore the marine life of the Caribbean Sea. The park, however, also offers hiking paths through the rainforests leading to sugar mills.
The park itself is free to enter but staying overnight in the camping facilities is a chargeable service. Travelers can visit the park year-round, with the visitor centers working only during business hours. From taking a stroll down the beach to going on a hike, Virgin Islands National Park has a bit of everything for everyone.
Frequently asked questions
What is the best way to see the national parks?
Each park is different in nature, so there is more than one way to experience America’s national parks. The best way to see most of the national parks is by hiking through the mountains and the forests. Some of the parks, however, are easily accessible by car, so you can also take the scenic drive.
Is it free to visit national parks?
While there are some national parks that are free of charge, you would generally need to purchase an entrance pass to be allowed into the park. Check the above section for pricing information for each park and its fees or go to question 4 for a list of national parks that do not have an admission fee.
What days are national parks free?
All National Parks typically have five free entrance days. The dates are: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, First day of National Park Week, National Park Serve Birthday, National Public Lands Day, Veterans Day. On these days, visitors can enter all USA National Parks free of charge. Check with the parks for 2021 free entry days.
Which national parks are free?
While visiting most of the American National Parks does require an entrance fee, there are a number of parks that are free of charge. Check the full list below:Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
- Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
- Katmai National Park and Preserve
- Kenai Fjords National Park
- Kobuk Valley National Park
- Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
- Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve
- Hot Springs National Park
- Channel Islands National Park
- Redwood National and State Parks
- Biscayne National Park
- Everglades National Park
- Mammoth Cave National Park
- Roosevelt Campobello International Park
- Voyageurs National Park
- Great Basin National Park
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park
- Congaree National Park
- Wind Cave National Park
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- North Cascades National Park
- American Samoa National Park
- Virgin Islands National Park
How many national parks are in the US as of 2020?
As of 2020, there are 62 National Parks and 1 International Park, part of the territory of which is located within the USA.
What states have the most national parks?
California is the state with the highest number of national parks – nine, followed by Alaska with eight.
What is the least-visited national park?
Due to its remoteness and lack of infrastructure, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska is the least visited national park in America.
What is the most-visited national park/which national park gets the most visitors per year?
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is by far the most-visited national park in the USA, with more than 12 million visitors every year.
Do all 50 states have a national park/which state doesn’t have a national park?
Only 29 out of the 50 American states have national parks. Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are states without any national parks.
What is the smallest national park in the US?
Covering only 5,500 acres, Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas is the smallest national park in the USA.
What is the largest national park in the US?
Covering a territory of more than 13 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska is the largest national Park in the USA.
How many US national parks are there?
There are 62 National Parks in America with 1 International being spreading on the territory of both Canada and America.
What are the two newest national parks?
The latest parks to become part of America’s National Parks were Indiana Dunes (since February 2019) and White Sands (since December 2019).
What is the newest national park?
Announced as a National Park in December 2019, White Sands National Park in New Mexico is America’s newest national park.
What will be the next US National Park?
What are the most dangerous National Parks/deadliest national park?
While every national park can be dangerous, the deadliest national parks are Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Denali National Park and Preserve, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Grand Teton National Park. Every time you visit a national park, make sure you are well-prepared and have taken the necessary measures to ensure a safe trip for yourself and the others.
Which national park is the most beautiful?
Each park is beautiful and unique. According to U.S News, though, Yellowstone is the most beautiful national park in the USA.
Which state is home to 7 of the 10 largest national parks?
Alaska is not only home to the largest National Park in the USA but also to 7 of the 10 biggest national parks in the country.
How many national parks are in California?
California is the state with the largest number of national parks. It is home to 9 of America’s 62 national parks.
How do you get a golden age pass for national parks/what is a golden pass for a national park?
Once known as the Golden Age Passport, there is a pass that allows you access to all national parks. This pass is called the Senior Pass now and can be obtained by citizens or permanent residents of the United States over the age of 62. It guarantees lifetime entrance and use of all National Parks and Recreational sites. The pass costs $10 and can be purchased at any park entrance. The pass holder, as well three other adults traveling in a private vehicle are allowed free of charge into the national parks. In addition to that, the Senior Pass offers a 50% discount in some facilities and services.
Why are national parks important?
The main aim of every national park is to preserve the natural, historic, and cultural features of a particular region. Thanks to national parks, wide ranges of flora and fauna have also been protected. We as tourists can go, enjoy, and explore the national parks and their beauty, but we should always remember to travel in a sustainable way and not leave anything behind.
Which states have no national parks?
Only 29 out of the 50 American states have national parks. Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin are the states without any national parks.
What national park stretches out across three states?
Covering a territory of more than 2 million acres, Yellowstone National Park stretches across three of the American states. While the majority is located in Wyoming, small portions of the park also spread to the states of Montana and Idaho.
What are Utah’s national parks?
Utah is one of the states with the highest number of national parks. It is home to five national parks – Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Zion National Park.
Have you managed to see all of America’s National Parks? If not, are you excited about visiting any of them this year?