Welcome to the US national parks! This is where you will find all of our US national park travel guides along with guides featuring US monuments and US memorials.
This section of our blog is dedicated to helping you learn everything you need to know about the US National Parks and preparing you for your next adventure.
There are currently 63 US national parks across 30 different states. Each national park is run by the National Park Service and the state with the highest concentration of national parks is California.
But we also must stress the beauty of lesser known US State Parks. These smaller and less visited parks span thousands of miles across all 50 states, but can be just as magical.
Best National Parks In The US
The US national parks are considered to be the best in the world featuring wonders of rock, ice, sand and forest creating some of the most diverse and incredible landscapes on the planet.
If you are looking for national park inspiration, you might want to start with our popular guide featuring the 20 best US national parks.
Search US National Parks By Map
The National Park Service manages 424 units across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories which incluse the very popular 63 US national parks.
In most states, you can visit the national parks or the remaining 361 national recreations sites which are still “parks” but use a different nomenclature such as:
- Historical sites
- Recreational sites
Use the map below to find your next US national park adventure:
US National Parks
Dark green = US national parks
Light green = US national memorials + monuments
Light orange markers = US national historical sites + recreation areas
List Of US National Parks By Name
In 2019, Mark received his US Green Card and officially immigrated to America. We have since made it our goal to visit every single national park as a way to celebrate this accomplishment.
We have traveled to 21 national parks together with a few of these parks many times in different seasons. But we plan to visit all of the national parks within the next few years.
Below we have listed all of the national parks in alphabetical order. You can click the orange links to read more about each individual park and we are currently writing guides about national parks in bold.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Gates of the Arctic
Great Sand Dunes
Great Smoky Mountains
USA Travel Guide Resources
- US Road Trips – A road trip is often the best way to visit many national parks all in one go. Visit the section of our blog dedicated to helping you find the best road trip.
- America the Beautiful Pass – For only $80 / year this pass will give you free entry to all the US national parks, national monuments and historical sites.
- Travel eBooks – We have created Travel Guidebooks for popular national parks. Each guidebook represents hours of research, personal experiences, insider tips and recommendations.
- National Parks Passport – The best way to document your next national park adventure!
- National Park Quotes – A collection of quotes about America’s national parks to inspire your next trip.
US National Monuments
The United States has 129 national monuments across 32 states. These monuments typically include historic landmarks and prehistoric structures.
- Devils Tower National Monument – The oldest national monument in the US situated between South Dakota’s Black Hills and Yellowstone National Park.
- Montezuma Castle National Monument – This monument offers some of the most well-preserved cliff dwellings found in the American Southwest.
- Statue of Liberty National Monument – The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic things you can do during a visit to New York City.
- Tuzigoot National Monument – A fascinating ancient multi-room pueblo in Arizona’s Verde Valley.
Or interested about Alcatraz Island which is now a historical landmark? Don’t miss our popular Alcatraz Island Day and Night Tour Review.
US National Memorials
National memorials in the United States are created to memorialize a historic person or event.
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