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Not to be confused with the United States National Park System, which also operates National Monuments, historic sites, etc.
Icons showing the number of visitors at different National Parks in 2014

There are 60 United States National Parks throughout the United States. The national parks are considered the gems of the larger United States National Park System, which also includes national monuments, memorials, and historic sites. U.S. national parks include some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the country, and they're often good places to go hiking in the United States.

Map of United States National Parks

New EnglandEdit

MaineEdit

  • 1 Acadia National Park — Preserves a set of coastal islands with granite peaks, scenic shorelines, woodlands, and lakes.

SouthEdit

  • 2 Great Smoky Mountains National Park (in two states, North Carolina and Tennessee) — A stretch of foggy Appalachian Mountains with a diverse population of wildlife and plant life.

ArkansasEdit

  • 3 Hot Springs National Park — Situated in an urban area around a set of natural hot springs and historic bathhouses.

KentuckyEdit

South CarolinaEdit

VirginiaEdit

  • 6 Shenandoah National Park — Contains the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its scenic forests and the cataracts of the Shenandoah River.

FloridaEdit

  • 7 Biscayne National Park — Preserves the Biscayne Bay, with its abundance of marine wildlife.
  • 8 Dry Tortugas National Park — A set of islands at the end of the Florida Keys, home to Fort Jefferson, a Civil War-era fort that is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere.
  • 9 Everglades National Park — A vast wilderness of wetlands that are home to a diverse population of migratory birds, alligators, crocodiles, and manatees.

MidwestEdit

MichiganEdit

MinnesotaEdit

  • 11 Voyageurs National Park — Protects scenic lakes, islands, and tall bluffs that were once populated by French fur traders.

MissouriEdit

  • 12 Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis — On the banks of the Mississippi River in Downtown St. Louis, this park commemorates the Louisiana Purchase and the westward expansion of America. The centerpiece of the park is the massive Gateway Arch, the world's tallest arch and an icon of St. Louis.

OhioEdit

  • 13 Cuyahoga Valley National Park — Waterfalls, hills, and woods along the Cuyahoga River, as well as a section of the historic Ohio and Erie Canal.

TexasEdit

Great PlainsEdit

North DakotaEdit

  • 16 Theodore Roosevelt National Park — An area of Dakota badlands home to historic sites affiliated with Theodore Roosevelt and wildlife such as bison, bighorn sheep, and wild horses.

South DakotaEdit

  • 17 Badlands National Park — Preserves an area of badlands and grass prairies, with rock formations famed for their rich fossil beds.
  • 18 Wind Cave National Park — The world's densest cave system, noted for its distinct calcite formations.

Rocky MountainsEdit

 
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park
  • 19 Yellowstone National Park (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming) — The world's oldest National Park, famous for its geothermal features such as hot springs, boiling mud, and dramatic geysers, including the famed Old Faithful. Also in Yellowstone is the yellow-cliffed Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and its spectacular waterfall, mountain scenery, and some of the best wildlife viewing in the country, with bison, elk, gray wolf, and grizzly bears making their home here.

ColoradoEdit

  • 22 Mesa Verde National Park — Preserves a set of spectacular cliff dwellings that were home to the Ancestral Puebloan people, including the famed Cliff Palace.
  • 23 Rocky Mountain National Park — A scenic section of the Rocky Mountains home to picturesque lakes, alpine forests, and wildlife such as mule deer, black bears, and bighorn sheep.

MontanaEdit

  • 24 Glacier National Park — Numerous lakes and glaciers against a backdrop of spectacular Rocky Mountain peaks.

WyomingEdit

 
Mormon row barn, Grand Teton National Park
  • 25 Grand Teton National Park — Contains the iconic Teton Range, with its spectacular mountain peaks that rise dramatically from the valley floor.

SouthwestEdit

ArizonaEdit

  • 26 Grand Canyon National Park — The most famous canyon in the world, a vast wonderland of colorful cliffs and mesas carved by the mighty Colorado River. The canyon is thousands of feet deep and can be viewed from both the northern and southern sides; however, the side of the canyon that is visited the most is the southern side.
  • 27 Petrified Forest National Park — Famed for its collection of petrified logs, situated in a red rock desert with numerous dinosaur fossils and Native American sites.
  • 28 Saguaro National Park — Protects a mountainous stretch of the Sonoran Desert famed for its abundance of tall saguaro cacti.

NevadaEdit

  • 29 Great Basin National Park — Mountainous and desert landscapes home to bristlecone pines, this park is the home of the 13,000-foot Wheeler Peak and Lehman Caves. It's one of the quieter National Parks, being many miles from any towns or cities.

New MexicoEdit

UtahEdit

  • 31 Arches National Park — Contains hundreds of sandstone arches, including the famous Delicate Arch, an icon of Utah. Like the nearby Canyonlands, it's one of the more popular National Parks, despite being a long way from major cities.
  • 32 Bryce Canyon National Park — A geological amphitheater with hundreds of tall red rock hoodoos that make up a spectacular landscape in the midst of a pine forest.
  • 33 Canyonlands National Park — A maze of dramatic red rock canyons and mesas carved by the Colorado and Green Rivers. It is the meeting point of these two rivers, and therefore some excellent views of the canyons are possible.
  • 34 Capitol Reef National Park — A wonderland of red rock features including monoliths, arches, gorges, and sandstone domes.
  • 35 Zion National Park — Contains the spectacular Zion Canyon, with its sheer sandstone cliffs and dramatic rock towers, as well as beautiful red rock desert country.

CaliforniaEdit

  • 36 Channel Islands National Park — A set of islands off the southern Californian coast with a diverse population of wildlife.
  • 37 Death Valley National Park — The lowest and hottest point in the country, Death Valley is a desolate landscape of sand dunes, canyons, and badlands straddling the California/Nevada border. Badwater Basin is the location of salt flats that are nearly 300 ft (91 m) below sea level; in the northern part of the valley is Scotty's Castle.
  • 38 Joshua Tree National Park — A desert landscape noted for its stands of distinctive tall yuccas, known as Joshua trees.
  • 39 Lassen Volcanic National Park — A set of active volcanoes including Lassen Peak, one of the largest domed volcanoes in the world. Lassen is part of the Cascades Range, a region of the United States with many large, well-known volcanoes including Mount Rainier, Mount Saint Helens, and Mount Shasta.
  • 40 Pinnacles National Park — Protects a set of jagged volcanic peaks and talus caves.
  • 41 Redwood National Park — Protects the famed coastal redwoods, the tallest trees on Earth.
  • 42 Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with Giant Sequoia National Monument (USFS) — Sequoia is famed for its forest of sequoias, including General Sherman, the world's largest tree. Adjacent Kings Canyon National Park protects a spectacular granite canyon and another sequoia grove.
  • 43 Yosemite National Park — One of the earliest national parks, famed for its towering granite cliffs, spectacular waterfalls, and rich old-growth forests. The park is centered around the dramatic Yosemite Valley, the setting for North America's tallest waterfall and the famous Half Dome and El Capitan peaks.

Pacific NorthwestEdit

OregonEdit

  • 44 Crater Lake National Park — Crater Lake, a lake famed for its clarity, is the deepest lake in the United States. It's in a spectacular volcanic caldera.

WashingtonEdit

  • 45 Mount Rainier National Park — A volcanic peak and the most prominent peak in the Cascades, as well as glaciers and alpine forests.
  • 46 North Cascades National Park — Spectacular mountains and valleys carved by glaciers.
  • 47 Olympic National Park — Preserves a section of the Olympic peninsula, with temperate rainforests, alpine slopes, and the scenic Mount Olympus.

AlaskaEdit

HawaiiEdit

  • 56 Haleakala National Park — Preserves an extinct volcano and the surrounding landscape.
  • 57 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — Contains Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, two of the world's most active volcanoes. Tropical forests, barren lava beds, unique volcanic features, and active lava flows are all visible here.

American SamoaEdit

  • 58 National Park of American Samoa — Covers land on three Samoan islands and protects coral reefs, rainforests, white sand beaches, and an abundance of sealife.

U.S. Virgin IslandsEdit

  • 59 Virgin Islands National Park with Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument — Pristine beaches, coral reefs, and forests, along with historical sites such as the ruins of sugar plantations.
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