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, here are the ones we’ve posted about (linked in blue). 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?

Arch Rock Nature Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

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Last Updated: July 3, 2020

List of National Parks by State

Alaska

  1.  Glacier Bay
  2.  Katmai
  3.  Kenai Fjords
  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

Arizona

  1.  Saguaro
  2.  Petrified Forest
  3.  Grand Canyon

More: 11 Beautiful Things to do in Saguaro National Park

Arkansas

  1.  Hot Springs

California

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

More: 17 Breathtaking Things to do in Yosemite National Park

17 Breathtaking Things to Do in Yosemite

Colorado

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

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

Florida

  1.  Biscayne
  2.  Dry Tortugas
  3.  Everglades

Hawaii

  1.  Hawaii Volcanoes
  2.  Haleakalā

Indiana

  1.  Indiana Dunes

Kentucky

  1.  Mammoth Cave

Maine

  1.  Acadia

More: 15 Breathtaking Things to do in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park Things to Do

Michigan

  1.  Isle Royale

Minnesota

  1.  Voyageurs

Missouri

  1.  Gateway Arch

Montana

  1.  Glacier National Park

More: 9 Incredible Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nevada

  1. Great Basin National Park

More: The Ultimate Guide to 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

Ohio

  1. Cuyahoga Valley

Oregon

  1. Crater Lake National Park

More: The Ultimate Guide to Crater Lake National Park Oregon

South Carolina

  1. Congaree National Park

More: 7 Unique Things to do in Congaree National Park

South Dakota

  1. Wind Cave
  2.  Badlands

Tennessee

  1. Great Smoky Mountains (also in NC)

Texas

  1. Big Bend
  2.  Guadalupe Mountains

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

Milky Way Big Bend Stars

Utah

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

More: 15 Best Hikes in Zion National Park

Virginia

  1. Shenandoah

Washington

  1. Mount Rainier
  2.  North Cascades
  3.  Olympic

More: Travelogue: North Cascades National Park

Wyoming

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

More: Best Things to do in Yellowstone National Park + Essential Tips for Your Visit

Yellowstone Things to Do

American Samoa

  1. American Samoa

US Virgin Islands

  1. Virgin Islands

Map of US National Parks

Essential Tips

  • California has the most National Parks, followed by Alaska, and then Utah.
  • Save money by getting the America the Beautiful Annual Pass if you plan on visiting more than one National Park within one year. This is good for any of the 400+ National Park units, Forest Service, BLM, and more. It is not accepted at state parks.
  • Free days at the national park: Birthday of MLK Jr (Jan), First day of National Park Week (Apr), National Park Service Birthday (Aug 25), National Public Lands Day (Sept), Veterans Day (Nov)
  • If you are visiting any other dates, just know that entrance fees go towards supporting the parks.
  • Collect stamps in your very own passport.
  • Don’t live near one of the 61? Go see the full list of 400+ United States National Park Units! How many of these have you visited?

More Resources

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

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BIG BEND

DEATH VALLEY

DENALI

GLACIER

GRAND TETON

ARCHES

BRYCE CANYON

ZION

YOSEMITE

WHITE SANDS

ACADIA

BLACK CANYON GUNNISON

CONGAREE

CRATER LAKE

MESA VERDE

GREAT BASIN

GREAT SAND DUNES

SAGUARO

SEQUOIA + KINGS CANYON

YELLOWSTONE

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“Discovery consists not of seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes” – M. Proust

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