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?
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Last Updated: July 3, 2020
List of National Parks by State
- Glacier Bay
- Kenai Fjords
- Lake Clark
- Wrangell – St. Elias
- Denali National Park
- Kobuk Valley
- Gates of the Arctic
- Petrified Forest
- Grand Canyon
- Hot Springs
- Death Valley
- Channel Islands (Santa Cruz Island)
- Joshua Tree
- Kings Canyon
- Lassen Volcanic
- Dry Tortugas
- Hawaii Volcanoes
- Indiana Dunes
- Mammoth Cave
- Isle Royale
- Gateway Arch
- Carlsbad Caverns
- White Sands National Park (newest park established Dec 20, 2019)
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Cuyahoga Valley
- Wind Cave
- Great Smoky Mountains (also in NC)
- Big Bend
- Guadalupe Mountains
- American Samoa
US Virgin Islands
- Virgin Islands
Map of US National Parks
- 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?
- Moon USA National Parks Guide
- Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West
- National Park Annual Pass
- National Parks Passport
Which of these parks have you been to? Which are on the top of your list?
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“Discovery consists not of seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes” – M. Proust
Esther + Jacob
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.