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National Parks of America

When Yellowstone National Park was founded as the first national park in the United States in 1872, a brand new concept of conservation parks was born. These U.S. national parks were the very first both protected a valuable landscape, habitat or ecosystem and allowed people to enjoy nature to its fullest. The second-oldest still-existing national park is Royal National Park in Australia, founded in 1879. Another country that was involved in the conservation movement for the very beginning is Canada. The U.S.'s northern neighbor established Banff National Park in 1885 and the world's first national park service in 1911. Clearly, the English-speaking world was a conservation pioneer. These countries still reap the rewards from their visionary worldview.

Nowadays, there are 59 U.S. national parks, spread across the entire country, from Maine to Florida and from Alaska to Hawaii and California. National parks are designed to protect, conserve and preserve a certain area's wildlife, ecosystems and landscapes while also giving visitors the opportunity to get to know and explore that particular area in greater detail. All the national parks of America are open to the public (although a couple of them are quite a challenge to get to). They offer a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy, which include hiking, camping, wildlife watching and rock climbing. I'm on a mission to visit each and every one of them. So far, I've made it to seventeen.

Below, you will find an overview of the national parks of America that I've visited. This collection is ever-growing and includes some of the greatest parks in the entire world, such as Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Zion. (Note that while you can click on all pictures, they don't all direct to individual national park page quite yet. Don't worry, I'm working on it!)

Explore the Greatest U.S. National Parks

By Park

By Region/State

 

Northwest

Idaho

  • Yellowstone National Park

Montana

  • Glacier National Park

Oregon

  • Crater Lake National Park

Washington

  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park

Wyoming

  • Yellowstone National Park

 

Southwest

Arizona

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Saguaro National Park

California

  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Redwood National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yosemite National Park

Colorado

  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

Nevada

  • Great Basin National Park

New Mexico

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Texas

  • Big Bend National Park
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Utah

  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Zion National Park

 

 

Midwest

Michigan

  • Isle Royale National Park

Minnesota

  • Voyageurs National Park

Ohio

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

North Dakota

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park

South Dakota

  • Badlands National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park

 

Alaska

  • Denali National Park
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Katmai National Park
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Kobuk Valley National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

 

Hawaii

  • Haleakala National Park
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

 

Territories

U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Virgin Islands National Park

American Samoa

  • American Samoa National Park
 

Northeast

Maine

  • Acadia National Park

 

Southeast

Arkansas

  • Hot Springs National Park

Florida

  • Biscayne National Park
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Everglades National Park

Kentucky

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

North Carolina

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

South Carolina

  • Congaree National Park

Tennessee

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Virginia

  • Shenandoah National Park

Which U.S. National Parks Have You Visited? What's Your Favorite? Share Your Experiences and Tips in the Comments Below!

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