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?

YOUR COMPLETE 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

Arizona

  1.  Saguaro
  2. Petrified Forest
  3.  Grand Canyon

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

Colorado

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

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

Michigan

  1. Isle Royale

Minnesota

  1. Voyageurs

Missouri

  1. Gateway Arch

Montana

  1.  Glacier National Park

Nevada

  1.  Great Basin National Park

New Mexico

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

North Dakota

  1.  Theodore Roosevelt

Ohio

  1. Cuyahoga Valley

Oregon

  1.  Crater Lake National Park

South Carolina

  1. 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

Utah

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

Virginia

  1. Shenandoah

Washington

  1. Mount Rainier
  2.  North Cascades
  3.  Olympic

Wyoming

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

American Samoa

  1. American Samoa

US Virgin Islands

  1. Virgin Islands

TIPS FOR VISITING THE US NATIONAL PARKS

  • These are the dates when you can visit the National Parks for free in 2019 – Jan 21 (MLK), Apr 20 (National Park Week), Aug 25 (NPS Bday), Sept 28 (National Public Lands Day), Nov 11 (Veterans Day).
  • If you are visiting any other dates, just know that entrance fees go towards supporting the parks.
  • 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.

California has the most National Parks, followed by Alaska, and then Utah.

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?

 
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