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
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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
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Florida

  1.  Biscayne
  2.  Dry Tortugas
  3.  Everglades

Hawaii

  1.  Hawaii Volcanoes
  2.  Haleakalā

Indiana

  1.  Indiana Dunes

Kentucky

  1.  Mammoth Cave

Michigan

  1.  Isle Royale

Minnesota

  1.  Voyageurs

Missouri

  1.  Gateway Arch

New Mexico

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

North Dakota

  1. Theodore Roosevelt

Ohio

  1. Cuyahoga Valley

South Dakota

  1. Wind Cave
  2.  Badlands

Tennessee

  1. Great Smoky Mountains (also in NC)

Virginia

  1. Shenandoah

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?

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

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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.

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