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 by state, go here.

List of National Parks in Alphabetical Order

  1. Acadia National Park, Maine
  2. Arches National Park, Utah
  3. Badlands National Park
  4. Big Bend National Park, Texas
  5. Biscayne National Park
  6. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Co
  7. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  8. Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  9. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
  10. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  11. Channel Islands National Park, California
  12. Congaree National Park, South Carolina
  13. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
  14. Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  15. Death Valley National Park, California
  16. Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
  17. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
  18. Everglades National Park, Florida
  19. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska
  20. Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri
  21. Glacier National Park, Montana
  22. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
  23. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  24. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  25. Great Basin National Park, Nevada
  26. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
  27. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  28. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  29. Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
  30. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
  31. Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
  32. Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana
  33. Isle Royale National Park
  34. Joshua Tree National Park
  35. Katmai National Park and Preserve
  36. Kenai Fjords National Park
  37. Kings Canyon National Park
  38. Kobuk Valley National Park
  39. Lake Clark National Park
  40. Lassen Volcanic National Park
  41. Mammoth Cave National Park
  42. Mesa Verde National Park
  43. Mount Rainier National Park
  44. National Park of American Samoa
  45. North Cascades National Park
  46. Olympic National Park
  47. Petrified Forest National Park
  48. Pinnacles National Park
  49. Redwood National Park
  50. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  51. Saguaro National Park, Arizona
  52. Sequoia National Park, California
  53. Shenandoah National Park
  54. Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  55. Virgin Islands National Park
  56. Voyageurs National Park
  57. White Sands National Park
  58. Wind Cave National Park
  59. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska
  60. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming + Montana + Idaho
  61. Yosemite National Park, California
  62. Zion National Park, Utah


  • 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.

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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