National Park Locations
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Death Valley National Park, CA, NV
Death Valley National Park boasts a land of extremes. While standing 282 feet below sea level at the lowest elevation in North America, you are able to look up at the Panamint Mountain range towering at over 11,000 ft elevation. With over three million acres of land to explore, this diverse park allows the opportunity to experience captivating sand dunes, snowcapped peaks, brilliant wildflowers, geological wonders, and even encounter a few ghost towns.
Acadia National Park, ME
Acadia, located on Mt. Desert Island and the Schoodic Peninsula in northeast coastal Maine, is known for a wide variety of uniquely beautiful New England landscapes and ecosystems, rather than one particular land feature. Don't let its relatively small size fool you! Throughout Acadia's 45,000 acres, you'll find stunning scenery of lakes and streams, ocean, mountains, hills, beaches, wetlands, forests, meadows, harbors, and peninsulas.
Big Bend National Park, TX
Sometimes considered three parks in one, Big Bend includes scenic mountain, desert, and river environments. An hour's drive can take you from the banks and canyons of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. Here you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States, and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and solitude.
Blue Ridge Parkway, VA, NC
The Blue Ridge Parkway is "America's Favorite Drive," encompassing 469 miles of gentle, rolling mountain splendor from Virginia to North Carolina. Within this region of Appalachia, you'll encounter lush and thick green forests, open meadows, stunning vistas, cliff outcroppings, flowing waterfalls, brilliant wildflowers, and fall colors in just about every shade of the rainbow.
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Utah's Bryce Canyon is world famous for its geologic "hoodoos" red and orange limestone spires in bizarre shapes and sizes. Wander the trails of the Paunsaugunt Plateau and you'll encounter landscapes of steep hills, slot canyons, rock windows, colorful cliffs, and dense forests. Popular activities in Bryce include hiking, stargazing, horseback riding, and camping.
Crater Lake National Park, OR
Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States, will take your breath away with its world of dazzling clear, pure and bright blue waters. With a history of fierce volcanic activity and 2,000 ft high cliffs now encircling the lake, Crater Lake is proof of creation's powerful forces. Its summer season is very short, considering that most of the year Crater Lake is covered in over 44 feet of sky-high snow! Popular activities include hiking in the surrounding mountains and shoreline, camping, swimming, boating, fishing, and snowshoeing even through the spring and early summer.
Custer State Park, SD
Custer State Park is a rustic, remote, secluded area within the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Its 71,000 acres of granite spires and cliffs, gentle mountain summits, rolling green hills, sparkling blue waters, huge skies, and open ranges of the wild west will inspire you to go out and find adventure! Popular activities include hiking, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and scenic drives as you explore the park and its surrounding areas.
Denali National Park & Preserve, AK
The national parks don't get any more remote than Denali! Its six million acres of largely untouched, subarctic wilderness are intersected by one narrow dirt road, accessible only by bus, ending abruptly after 92 miles. Within this wild trail-less land, you'll encounter terrain like low-elevation forests, snow-capped mountains of the Alaska Range, and alpine tundra.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, AK
If you're looking for one of the most remote, rugged, and spectacular wilderness sanctuaries left in America, Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is your place! Its 3.3 million acres of snow-capped mountain ranges, frozen glaciers, hidden fjords, thick rainforests, ocean coastlines, and freshwater rivers will still your soul and inspire your spirit with grandeur. You'll find very few roads or other visitors here.
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, MT & Canada
Waterton-Glacier is referred to as the crown of the continent' and is located in the northwest region of Montana and in Alberta, Canada. With over 700 miles worth of hiking trails, you will experience the awe-inspiring beauty of glacier carved mountains and valleys, crystal clear alpine lakes, and wildlife at its finest. Popular activities include hiking, backpacking, kayaking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and scenic drives across the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.
Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim), AZ
At 9,000 feet of altitude on the Kaibab Plateau and a five hour drive from the more popular South Rim of the Canyon, the North Rim is a world unto itself! Much less accessible, the North Rim is closed during the winter and spring each year due to heavy snowfall. The rugged North Rim differs from the South Rim in its vegetation of conifer trees, spruce and Douglas fir, and aspen forests. The North Rim is surrounded by sprawling desert views, mountains, meadows, and the Painted Desert.
Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim), AZ
At 15 miles across and one mile deep, the Grand Canyon is a World Heritage Site in northwestern Arizona that's truly a marvel to behold. The South Rim is the most accessible area of the park, open to visitors year round.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park, NC, TN
The 800 square miles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park encompass parts of both Tennessee and North Carolina and are famous for being America's most frequently visited national park. And for good reason! These southern Appalachian mountains are among the oldest mountains in the world and invite you to a slower pace of life: one filled with layers upon layers of hills, thick green forests, open meadows, towering trees, winding trails, and rocky cliffs. Things to do include hiking, backpacking, climbing, fishing, and river rafting.
Glen Canyon-Lake Powell, UT, AZGlen Canyon was once a deep, winding canyon in the middle of an untouched desert plain. With the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, the Colorado River was transformed into pristine Lake Powell. Extending 186 miles, with nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline, Lake Powell has become a top destination for boaters. The blue of the sky and lake is separated by a red ribbon of sandstone cliffs, monoliths, canyons, and even the world’s largest natural bridge—Rainbow Bridge! Whether you stay on the shore and explore into the heart of this dynamic landscape by foot, or jump on a powerboat, houseboat, kayak, or tour boat to explore the 90% of boat-only accessible land, Glen Canyon surely will not disappoint!
Mesa Verde National Park, CO
If you're fascinated by history, archeological finds, and ancient desert cultures, Mesa Verde National Park in the southwestern Colorado Plateau is your place to go! The park's cliff dwellings and stone village ruins of the Ancestral Pueblo people date back to A.D. 600, have been immaculately preserved, and are magnificent to view. In fact, it's the first national park set aside by the National Park Service to "preserve the works of man."
Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Mt. Rainier is not only an active volcano, but also a towering 14,410 glaciated peak that has become an iconic image for Washington state's Cascade Range. One and a half miles higher than the tallest surrounding peaks, this mountain appears to truly be a world unto itself. Here you'll encounter icy glaciers, snow-covered ridges, subalpine meadows, fields of wildflowers, and deep, ancient rainforests. Things to do in Mt. Rainier include hiking, backpacking, camping, climbing, mountaineering, biking, and fishing.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD
Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, is a testament to America's past, present, and future. This country's rich heritage comes to life on the colossal faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln forever carved into granite atop the mountain. This park sees millions of visitors each year and provides the opportunity to interact with guests from all over the world.
North Cascades National Park, WAStehekin is a remote mountain community that is nestled in a valley at the far end of Lake Chelan. Stehekin, meaning “the way through” to the cascades, can only be accessed by ferry, foot, or sea plane. The 11 mile road in the valley stretches north to the south entrance of North Cascades National Park, the gateway to over 300 glaciers and the most jagged peaks in the Pacific Northwest. With no cell reception, and limited internet use, Stehekin operates out of “what America used to be”. Whether one stays in the valley or ventures to the rugged peaks, this peaceful gem in the mountains will not disappoint in its majestic design and beautiful people.
Olympic National Park, WA
A day in Olympic is like visiting three national parks in one, due to its vastly different ecosystems: ocean beach, alpine mountains, and ancient rainforests. Whether you're intrigued by tide pools, sea stacks, and stunning rocky shoreline; snowy mountain ranges and wildflowers; or magical, temperate forests shrouded in every shade of green there is plenty to explore and discover in the nearly one million acres of Olympic National Park! Popular activities to do include hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, beach walking, and sea kayaking.
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Rocky Mountain National Park, in northern Colorado, encompasses 416 square miles of high altitude alpine and subalpine glory, spanning elevations over 12,000 feet reachable by car and much higher if you're willing to do some trekking. Home to 14,259 foot Longs Peak, the park abounds with endless options to explore mountain tundra, towering summits, glacially carved valleys, pristine lakes and flowing streams, thick forests, sparkling aspen groves, and wildflower filled meadows.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie adjacent to each other in the southern Sierra Nevada Range and are typically included in the same park visit. Both are lands of extremes: high alpine mountains, massive trees, and deep canyons.
Shenandoah National Park, VA
One of three parks within the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains where ACMNP has a presence, Shenandoah is unique in its incredible sprawling views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Virginia Piedmont to the east. The park's 196,000 acres include 500 miles of hiking trails (with 101 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail) and give visitors the opportunity to explore steep rocky peaks, gentle slopes, grassy forests, meadows of wildflowers, and cascading waterfalls. Things to do in Shenandoah include hiking, backpacking, camping, bird watching, wildlife viewing, star gazing, and fishing.
Grand Teton National Park, WY
The mountains of Wyoming's Teton Range, braided by the twisting Snake River in the Jackson Hole valley, begin innocently at 7,000 ft sagebrush meadows and then suddenly rise to 13,770 ft summits like the Grand. The Tetons are full of towering mountain peaks, alpine cirques, shimmering turquoise glacial-fed lakes and streams, carpets of wildflowers, aspen groves, and rocky canyons. They will take your breath away!
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, ND
Stepping into Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the tiny adjacent town of Medora, North Dakota, is like stepping onto the scene of every western movie you've ever seen. These remote, unfamiliar, wild landscapes in the badlands are full of striated cliffs and plateaus, layers of sandstone, wide open prairie, grasslands swaying in the wind, gurgling springs, clear skies that go on forever, and the winding Little Missouri River.
Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, USVI
There is no better way to experience the Caribbean than to visit the beautiful island of St. John, one of the three U.S. Virgin Islands. With 7,000 acres of rolling hills and white sandy beaches, you will surely find paradise on this small island while experiencing the present beauty and learning of its rich and complex past. From windsurfing to sailing, snorkeling to scuba diving, or even hiking to sun bathing, you will quickly learn why this small park is a gem!
Yellowstone National Park, ID, MT, WY
In 1872, Yellowstone became America's very first national park and still beckons visitors from all over the world to explore its beauty and wonders. Located in the northwest corner of Wyoming, bordering into Montana and Idaho, these 2,219,791 acres captivate audiences with over 300 geysers, thousands of hydrothermal features, diverse landscape, and vast wildlife. Whether watching the bison graze across the pasture, standing in awe of the waterfall rushing through the canyon, or witnessing "Old Faithful" first-hand, Yellowstone will never leave you disappointed.
Yosemite National Park, CA
There's a reason Yosemite was naturalist John Muir's favorite park! Within these 1,169 square miles of powerful High Sierra country, you'll be wowed by its sprawling valleys, thundering waterfalls, granite and snow-capped peaks, massive sequoia groves, and meadows of wildflowers. Yosemite, one of the first preserved wilderness parks in America, truly defines the word 'awesome!'
Zion National Park, UT
Zion will take your breath away with its contrast of red, pink, orange, and yellow sandstone cliff walls painted atop sparkling turquoise waters and below radiant blue skies. Narrow slot canyons, high plateaus, rock cliffs and towers, huge mesas, and a deep valley fill this park in southwestern Utah.