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US National And State Parks

The US National and State 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.

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.

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.

But we also must stress the beauty of lesser known US State Parks as well as National Monuments and Memorials. 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

If you are looking for some National Park inspiration, you might want to start with our popular guide featuring the 20 best US National Parks.

The 20 beat National Parks in America

Read the best National Parks in the United States.

Search US National and State Parks By Map

Use the map below to help you find your next US National or State Park adventure:

Orange Markers = US National Parks

Dark Green Markers = US State Parks

Light Green Markers = US National Memorials and Monuments

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US National and State Parks

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 20 National Parks together with a few of these parks many times in different seasons. But we plan to visit many more 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.

Acadia
American Samoa
Arches
Badlands
Big Bend
Biscayne
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Bryce Canyon
Canyonlands
Capitol Reef
Carlsbad Caverns
Channel Islands
Congaree
Crater Lake
Cuyahoga Valley
Death Valley
Denali
Dry Tortugas
Everglades
Gates of the Arctic
Gateway Arch

Glacier
Glacier Bay
Grand Canyon
Grand Teton
Great Basin
Great Sand Dunes
Great Smoky Mountains
Guadalupe Mountains
Haleakala
Hawai’i Volcanoes
Hot Springs
Indiana Dunes
Isle Royal
Joshua Tree
Katmai
Kenai Fjords
Kings Canyon
Kobuk Valley
Lake Clark
Lassen Volcanic
Mammoth Cave

Mesa Verda
Mount Rainer
New River Gorge
North Cascades
Olympic
Petrified Forest
Pinnacles
Redwood
Rocky Mountain
Saguaro
Sequoia
Shenandoah
Theodore Roosevelt
Virgin Islands
Voyageurs
White Sands
Wind Cave
Wrangell – St. Elias
Yellowstone
Yosemite
Zion

US National Park 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 and National Monuments.
  • Travel eBooks – We have created multiple guidebooks for various National Parks. Each guidebook represents hours of research, personal experiences, insider tips and recommendations.
  • National Park quotes – A collection of quotes about America’s National Park to inspire your next trip.
Great Bend overlook during fall at Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park

US State Parks

The State Parks in the United States can be just as breathtaking as the National parks. You can find multiple State Parks in every US state and the best part is these areas often see much less traffic.

Buttermilk Falls State Park – The popular Gorge and Rim trail at this State Park includes frothing waterfalls, jagged gorges and natural beauty.

Custer State Park – One of the largest and most diverse State Parks in the United States.

Letchworth State Park – Known as the Grand Canyon of the East, this State Park was dubbed the most stunning State Park in 2015.

Robert H. Treman State Park – Don’t miss the 12 waterfalls along the stunning stone staircases as you pass into the depths of Enfield Glen gorge.

Taughannock Falls State Park – The State Park featuring the tallest single drop waterfall East of the Rocky Mountains

Watkins Glen State Park – The extraordinary crown jewel of New York’s Finger Lakes region.

Statue of Liberty National Monument in NYC
Statue of Liberty National Monument

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.

Man and woman posing for a photo in front of Mount Rushmore
Mark and Kristen at Mount Rushmore National Memorial

US National Memorials

National Memorials in the United States are created to memorialize a historic person or event.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial – Found nestled with South Dakota’s Black Hills this memorials features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.