We’ve given ourselves a photography challenge in all 50 states, but in addition, we hope to spend enough time exploring every national park in the US. Though, at one point in time, my friends called me indoorsy, we have both grown to appreciate the outdoors. The mountains are always calling us.

Eventually, we’ll put together in-depth guides for all these parks. Meanwhile, we linked the ones we wrote guides about. If you want to see them in alphabetical order, go here.

Before we get into it, can you guess which state has the most national parks? Also, see which of these popular national parks require reservations to get in.

More: These 9 National Parks Now Require Reservations

Arch Rock Nature Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

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Last Updated: January 6, 2023

List of National Parks by State



  1.  Glacier Bay
  2.  Katmai
  3.  Kenai Fjords (Seward)
  4.  Lake Clark
  5.  Wrangell – St. Elias
  6.  Denali National Park
  7.  Kobuk Valley
  8.  Gates of the Arctic

More: 17 Unforgettable Things to do in Denali National Park

The Tundra Wilderness Tour + 17 Incredible Things to Do in Denali National Park Alaska


  1.  Saguaro National Park
  2.  Petrified Forest
  3.  Grand Canyon National Park

More: 11 Beautiful Things to do in Saguaro National Park

grandview grand canyon


  1.  Hot Springs


  1.  Death Valley National Park
  2.  Channel Islands (Santa Cruz Island)
  3.  Joshua Tree National Park
  4.  Kings Canyon National Park
  5.  Lassen Volcanic
  6.  Pinnacles
  7.  Redwood National Park
  8.  Sequoia National Park
  9.  Yosemite National Park

More: 17 Breathtaking Things to do in Yosemite National Park

17 Breathtaking Things to Do in Yosemite


  1.  Mesa Verde National Park
  2.  Great Sand Dunes National Park
  3.  Black Canyon of the Gunnison
  4.  Rocky Mountains

More: 9 Things You Can’t Miss at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Balcony House Tour, Mesa Verde National Park CO


  1.  Biscayne
  2.  Dry Tortugas
  3.  Everglades


  1.  Hawaii Volcanoes
  2.  Haleakalā


  1.  Indiana Dunes


  1.  Mammoth Cave


  1.  Acadia National Park

More: 15 Breathtaking Things to do in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park Things to Do


  1.  Isle Royale


  1.  Voyageurs


  1.  Gateway Arch


  1.  Glacier National Park

More: 9 Incredible Things to do in Glacier National Park

Top Glacier National Park Hikes + 9 Incredible Things to do in Glacier National Park


  1. Great Basin National Park

More: The Ultimate Guide to Great Basin National Park

Hiking Great Basin National Park

New Mexico

  1. Carlsbad Caverns
  2.  White Sands National Park (newest park established Dec 20, 2019)

More: 5 Incredible Things to do at White Sands National Monument

New Mexico White Sands National Monument

North Dakota

  1. Theodore Roosevelt

More: 35 Remarkable Things to do in North Bucket List


  1. Cuyahoga Valley


  1. Crater Lake National Park

More: The Ultimate Guide to Crater Lake National Park Oregon

Things to Do at Crater Lake National Park

South Carolina

  1. Congaree National Park

More: 7 Unique Things to do in Congaree National Park

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South Dakota

  1. Wind Cave
  2.  Badlands


  1. Great Smoky Mountains (also in NC)


  1. Big Bend National Park
  2.  Guadalupe Mountains

More: 11 Amazing Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Milky Way Big Bend Stars


  1. Zion National Park (The NarrowsAngel’s Landing)
  2.  Bryce Canyon National Park
  3.  Canyonlands
  4.  Capitol Reef
  5.  Arches National Park

More: 15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park

Backpacking Gear List - What to Pack for Zion Narrows Top Down Hike


  1. Shenandoah


  1. Mount Rainier
  2.  North Cascades National Park
  3.  Olympic National Park

See More: Your Essential Olympic National Park Guide

Hall of Mosses Olympic National Park

West Virginia

  1. New River Gorge National Park


  1. Grand Teton National Park
  2.  Yellowstone National Park (also in ID and MT)

More: Your Ultimate Guide to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Things to Do

American Samoa

  1. American Samoa

US Virgin Islands

  1. Virgin Islands

Map of US National Parks

Essential Tips

National Parks By Month – Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul

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Which of these parks have you been to? Which are on the top of your list?

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