The National Park Service manages 417 individual protected units in all 50 US States as well as in the District of Columbia and US territories.

If you want to travel to all of them, it’ll most likely take you years (possibly decades) and can become a massive bucket list adventure.

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United States Capitol, Washington DC

US National Parks Points of Interest

These 417 protected points of interest in the US National Park System is bucketed into over a dozen different categories. These are:

  • National Parks (60)
  • National Monuments (87)
  • National Historic Sites (77)
  • National Memorials (29)
  • National Battlefields, Parks & Sites (16)
  • National Military Parks (9)
  • National Historical Parks (52)
  • National Lakeshores (4)
  • National Parkways (4)
  • National Preserves & Reserves (21)
  • National Recreation Areas (18)
  • National Wild & Scenic Rivers & Riverways (15)
  • National Scenic Trails (3)
  • National Seashores (10)
  • Other Designations (12)

National Parks

Arches National Park

Arches

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

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The Narrows, Zion

National Monuments

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African Burial Ground

  1. African Burial Ground National Monument, New York
  2. Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska
  3. Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Texas
  4. Aniakchak National Monument, Alaska
  5. Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico
  6. Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
  7. Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, District of Columbia
  8. Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Alabama
  9. Booker T. Washington National Monument, Virginia
  10. Buck Island Reef National Monument, Virgin Islands
  11. Cabrillo National Monument, California
  12. Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona
  13. Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Alaska
  14. Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico
  15. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Arizona
  16. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida
  17. Castle Clinton National Monument, New York
  18. Castle Mountains National Monument, California
  19. Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
  20. César E. Chávez National Monument, California
  21. Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Ohio
  22. Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona
  23. Colorado National Monument, Colorado
  24. Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho
  25. Devils Postpile National Monument, California
  26. Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
  27. Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado and Utah
  28. Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa
  29. El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico
  30. El Morro National Monument, New Mexico
  31. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado
  32. Fort Frederica National Monument, Georgia
  33. Fort Matanzas National Monument, Florida
  34. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland
  35. Fort Monroe National Monument, Virginia
  36. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia
  37. Fort Stanwix National Monument, New York
  38. Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina
  39. Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico
  40. Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming
  41. Freedom Riders National Monument, Alabama
  42. George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia
  43. George Washington Carver National Monument, Missouri
  44. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico
  45. Governors Island National Monument, New York
  46. Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota
  47. Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho
  48. Hohokam Pima National Monument, Arizona
  49. Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska
  50. Honouliuli National Monument, Hawaii
  51. Hovenweep National Monument, Colorado, and Utah
  52. Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota
  53. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon
  54. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Maine
  55. Lava Beds National Monument, California
  56. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana
  57. Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona
  58. Muir Woods National Monument, California
  59. Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
  60. Navajo National Monument, Arizona
  61. Ocmulgee National Monument, Georgia
  62. Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, Oregon
  63. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona
  64. Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico
  65. Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona
  66. Pipestone National Monument, Minnesota
  67. Poverty Point National Monument, Louisiana
  68. Pullman National Monument, Illinois
  69. Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah
  70. Reconstruction Era National Monument, South Carolina
  71. Russell Cave National Monument, Alabama
  72. Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico
  73. Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska
  74. Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey and New York
  75. Stonewall National Monument, New York
  76. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona
  77. Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah
  78. Tonto National Monument, Arizona
  79. Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, Nevada
  80. Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona
  81. Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, Virgin Islands
  82. Waco Mammoth National Monument, Texas
  83. Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona
  84. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
  85. World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Alaska, California, and Hawaii
  86. Wupatki National Monument, Arizona
  87. Yucca House National Monument, Colorado

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument

National Historic Sites

San Juan National Historic Site Puerto Rico

San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico

  1. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  2. Andersonville National Historic Site, Georgia
  3. Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Tennessee
  4. Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado
  5. Boston African American National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  6. Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Kansas
  7. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, North Carolina
  8. Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, District of Columbia
  9. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, South Carolina
  10. Christiansted National Historic Site, Virgin Islands
  11. Clara Barton National Historic Site, Maryland
  12. Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  13. Eisenhower National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  14. Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, New York
  15. Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, California
  16. First Ladies National Historic Site, Ohio
  17. Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, District of Columbia
  18. Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona
  19. Fort Davis National Historic Site, Texas
  20. Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming
  21. Fort Larned National Historic Site, Kansas
  22. Fort Point National Historic Site, California
  23. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, North Carolina
  24. Fort Scott National Historic Site, Kansas
  25. Fort Smith National Historic Site, Arkansas, and Oklahoma
  26. Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Montana and North Dakota
  27. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Washington
  28. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, District of Columbia
  29. Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  30. Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  31. Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah
  32. Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Montana
  33. Hampton National Historic Site, Maryland
  34. Harry S Truman National Historic Site, Missouri
  35. Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Iowa
  36. Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, New York
  37. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  38. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Arizona
  39. James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Ohio
  40. Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Georgia
  41. John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  42. John Muir National Historic Site, California
  43. Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, North Dakota
  44. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois
  45. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Arkansas
  46. Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters, Massachusetts
  47. Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Virginia
  48. Manzanar National Historic Site, California
  49. Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, New York
  50. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, District of Columbia
  51. Minidoka National Historic Site, Idaho
  52. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota
  53. Nicodemus National Historic Site, Kansas
  54. Ninety-Six National Historic Site, South Carolina
  55. Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, District of Columbia
  56. President Bill Clinton Birthplace Home, Arkansas
  57. Pu’ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii
  58. Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, New York
  59. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, New Hampshire
  60. Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site, New York
  61. Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  62. San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico
  63. Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado
  64. Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  65. Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Massachusetts
  66. Steamtown National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
  67. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, New York
  68. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, New York
  69. Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Maryland
  70. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama
  71. Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Alabama
  72. Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, Missouri
  73. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, New York
  74. Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Oklahoma
  75. Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut
  76. Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Washington
  77. William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Ohio

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Vanderbilt Mansion, New York (NHS)

National Memorials

  1. Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas
  2. Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Virginia
  3. Chamizal National Memorial, Texas
  4. Coronado National Memorial, Arizona
  5. De Soto National Memorial, Florida
  6. Federal Hall National Memorial, New York
  7. Flight 93 National Memorial, Pennsylvania
  8. Fort Caroline National Memorial, Florida
  9. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, District of Columbia
  10. General Grant National Memorial, New York
  11. Hamilton Grange National Memorial, New York
  12. Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Pennsylvania
  13. Korean War Veterans Memorial, District of Columbia
  14. Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial, Indiana
  15. Lincoln Memorial, District of Columbia
  16. Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac, District of Columbia
  17. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, District of Columbia
  18. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota
  19. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Ohio
  20. Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, California
  21. Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island
  22. Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, Pennsylvania
  23. Theodore Roosevelt Island, District of Columbia
  24. Thomas Jefferson Memorial, District of Columbia
  25. Vietnam Veterans Memorial, District of Columbia
  26. Washington Monument, District of Columbia
  27. World War I Memorial, District of Columbia
  28. World War II Memorial, District of Columbia
  29. Wright Brothers National Memorial, North Carolina

Abraham Lincoln Birthday Observance at the Lincoln Memorial

Abraham Lincoln Statue at Lincoln Memorial

National Battlefields, Parks & Sites

Big Hole National Battlefield Montana

Big Hole National Battlefield, Montana

  1. Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland
  2. Big Hole National Battlefield, Montana
  3. Cowpens National Battlefield, South Carolina
  4. Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Kentucky, and Tennessee
  5. Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Pennsylvania
  6. Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland
  7. Moores Creek National Battlefield, North Carolina
  8. Petersburg National Battlefield, Virginia
  9. Stones River National Battlefield, Tennessee
  10. Tupelo National Battlefield, Mississippi
  11. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Missouri
  12. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Georgia
  13. Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia
  14. Richmond National Battlefield Park, Virginia
  15. River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Michigan
  16. Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, Mississippi

National Military Parks

Chickamauga Battlefield

Chickamauga Battlefield

  1. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Georgia and Tennessee
  2. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park, Virginia
  3. Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
  4. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina
  5. Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Alabama
  6. Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina
  7. Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas
  8. Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee
  9. Vicksburg National Military Park, Louisiana and Mississippi

National Historical Parks

  1. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Kentucky
  2. Adams National Historical Park, Massachusetts
  3. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Virginia
  4. Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, Rhode Island
  5. Boston National Historical Park, Massachusetts
  6. Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Louisiana
  7. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Virginia
  8. Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
  9. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, District of Columbia, Maryland, and West Virginia
  10. Colonial National Historical Park, Virginia
  11. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia
  12. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Ohio
  13. First State National Historical Park, Delaware
  14. George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Indiana
  15. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia
  16. Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, New York
  17. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Maryland
  18. Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Ohio
  19. Independence National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
  20. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Louisiana
  21. Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii
  22. Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, Hawaii
  23. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska, and Washington
  24. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Oregon and Washington
  25. Lowell National Historical Park, Massachusetts
  26. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Texas
  27. Keweenaw National Historical Park, Michigan
  28. Manhattan Project National Historical Park, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Washington
  29. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont
  30. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, Georgia
  31. Minute Man National Historical Park, Massachusetts
  32. Morristown National Historical Park, New Jersey
  33. Natchez National Historical Park, Mississippi
  34. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Massachusetts
  35. New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Louisiana
  36. Nez Perce National Historical Park, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington
  37. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Texas
  38. Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, New Jersey
  39. Pecos National Historical Park, New Mexico
  40. Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii
  41. Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, California
  42. Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, Virgin Islands
  43. San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas
  44. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California
  45. San Juan Island National Historical Park, Washington
  46. Saratoga National Historical Park, New York
  47. Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska
  48. Thomas Edison National Historical Park, New Jersey
  49. Tumacácori National Historical Park, Arizona
  50. Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
  51. War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam
  52. Women’s Rights National Historical Park, New York

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Women’s Rights National Historical Park, NY

National Lakeshores

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  1. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
  2. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana
  3. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
  4. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

National Parkways

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Crabtree Falls, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

  1. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia
  2. George Washington Memorial Parkway, District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia
  3. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, Wyoming
  4. Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

National Preserves & Reserves

  1. Aniakchak National Preserve, Alaska
  2. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska
  3. Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
  4. Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas
  5. Craters of the Moon National Preserve, Idaho
  6. Denali National Preserve, Alaska
  7. Gates of the Arctic National Preserve, Alaska
  8. Glacier Bay National Preserve, Alaska
  9. Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, Colorado
  10. Katmai National Preserve, Alaska
  11. Lake Clark National Preserve, Alaska
  12. Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama
  13. Mojave National Preserve, California
  14. Noatak National Preserve, Alaska
  15. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas
  16. Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Florida
  17. Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico
  18. Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve, Alaska
  19. Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska
  20. City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho
  21. Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, Washington

National Recreation Areas

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

  1. Amistad National Recreation Area, Texas
  2. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana and Wyoming
  3. Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Massachusetts
  4. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia
  5. Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma
  6. Curecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado
  7. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New Jersey and Pennsylvania
  8. Gateway National Recreation Area, New Jersey and New York
  9. Gauley River National Recreation Area, West Virginia
  10. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona and Utah
  11. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California
  12. Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Washington
  13. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona and Nevada
  14. Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas
  15. Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington
  16. Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington
  17. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California
  18. Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California

National Wild & Scenic Rivers & Riverways

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Texas

Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Texas

  1. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Kentucky and Tennessee
  2. Buffalo National River, Arkansas
  3. New River Gorge National River, West Virginia
  4. Mississippi National River and Recreation Areas, Minnesota
  5. Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri
  6. Alagnak Wild River, Alaska
  7. Bluestone National Scenic River, West Virginia
  8. Delaware National Scenic River, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
  9. Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River, New Jersey
  10. Missouri National Recreational River, Nebraska and South Dakota
  11. Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska
  12. Obed Wild and Scenic River, Tennessee
  13. Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Texas
  14. Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, Minnesota and Wisconsin
  15. Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreation River, New York and Pennsylvania

National Scenic Trails

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Appalachian Trail

  1. Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Maine to Georgia (13 states)
  2. Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, Alabama, Mississippi, and, Tennessee
  3. Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

National Seashores

Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

  1. Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland and Virginia
  2. Canaveral National Seashore, Florida
  3. Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts
  4. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
  5. Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina
  6. Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia
  7. Fire Island National Seashore, New York
  8. Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida and Mississippi
  9. Padre Island National Seashore, Texas
  10. Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Other Designations

Constitution Gardens, District of Columbia

Constitution Gardens, District of Columbia

  1. Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland
  2. Constitution Gardens, District of Columbia
  3. Fort Washington Park, Maryland
  4. Greenbelt Park, Maryland
  5. National Capital Parks-East, District of Columbia
  6. National Mall and Memorial Parks, District of Columbia
  7. Piscataway Park, Maryland
  8. Prince William Forest Park, Virginia
  9. Rock Creek Park, District of Columbia
  10. White House, District of Columbia
  11. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Virginia
  12. Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, Maine

Cost of Travel

Only 118 of 417 park sites charge entrance fees. One can obtain a park entrance pass by visiting a park site that charges an entrance fee.

National Park Maps

You can view maps on specific park websites. You can also get a map from the national park services when you visit the park.

Camping in National Parks

For campground reservations, visit Recreation.gov. Not all parks participate in this service; many campgrounds are first come, first served.

For more information on specific camping and lodging services offered at the park(s) of your interest, please check specific park websites.

How do I reserve a tour in a park?

You can book some park tours through Recreation.gov. But note that not all parks participate in this reservation service. For more information on tours offered at a specific park, please see the park search.

Can I bring my pet to a national park?

Some national parks welcome pets—in developed areas, on many trails and campgrounds, and in some lodging facilities.

What do I need to know about driving off road in national parks?

Before you head out, check with the national parks that you intend to visit. In many national parks, off-road driving is illegal. Where off-road driving is allowed, the National Park Service regulates it.

15 National Parks Fun Facts

  • There are over 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures preserved within the 417 National Parks System.
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska is the largest National Park in the country at 13.2 million acres of area.
  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in Pennsylvania is the smallest national park unit at a mere 0.02 acres of area.
  • The Appalachian Trail is a 2,185 mile long public trail that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains from Maine to Georgia.
  • The nation’s deepest cave is 1,593 ft deep in New Mexico at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
  • Yellowstone National Park sits on top of a super volcano, one active volcano, thousands of petrified trees, and almost 300 waterfalls.
  • Yosemite National Park supports more than 400 species of vertebrates including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
  • There are more than 2,000 documented arches in the Arches National Park, some as tall as up to 300 feet.
  • Acadia is the oldest park east of the Mississippi River and the first instance where the land was donated to the federal government.
  • Bryce Canyon has the largest collection of hoodoos–odd-shaped pillars of rock–in the world.
  • Crater Lake’s volcanic caldera is almost 6 miles in diameter and 3,900 feet deep.
  • Maui’s Haleakala, meaning “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian, is one of the world’s largest volcanic craters.
  • Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park two active volcanoes are within the bounds of this national park, Kilauea being the world’s most active.
  • Isle Royale National Park is the only national park in the United States that completely closes in the off-season. The park is typically closed November through mid-April due to extreme weather conditions. Also, Isle Royale has the most repeat visitors.
  • Mammoth Cave National Park is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored.

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