National parks in the U.S.

National parks in the U.S.

In-depth guides to some of the most stunning areas in the country—with insider tips from park rangers

The National Park Service manages 63 national parks located across 30 U.S. states and two territories. These areas have been designated to protect some of the country’s most spectacular and historically significant natural resources. 

Are you planning a road trip to a national park? Check out everything you need to know to plan a national park road trip, and view our in-depth national park guides—with insider tips from real park rangers—below. 

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Crisscrossed by charming carriage roads, Acadia draws millions of visitors each year with its extensive hiking and biking trails, 27-mile scenic drive, rugged beaches, and rich history.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Arches National Park is one of the most stunning spots in the national park system. Home to more than 2,000 natural arches, one is so famous that it graces nearly every travel brochure and license plate for the state of Utah.

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park draws more than a million visitors every year to marvel at and learn about the park’s 75 million years of geological history.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

The centerpiece of Bryce Canyon National Park is a natural amphitheater filled with enchanting rock spires—some hundreds of feet tall—called hoodoos.

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Established on May 22, 1902 by President Theodore Roosevelt, Crater Lake National Park came into being before the National Park Service itself.

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a wonderland of mountain peaks, lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife. While its famed Going-to-the-Sun Road offers spectacular scenery, the vistas get better the deeper that you delve into the park.

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

From watching the sunrise color the canyon walls, to hiking a mile down to the Colorado River, a visit to Grand Canyon National Park should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Located in Southern California, Joshua Tree National Park protects the Joshua tree’s habitat along with many other plants and animals that call the desert home.

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Glacier-capped peaks, rugged ocean beaches, lush rain forests, and old-growth temperate forests are among the diverse charms of Olympic National Park, ancestral home of the Quileute people.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

See both sides of the Continental Divide by visiting this vast, 415-square-mile high-altitude preserve that’s home to elk, moose, and black bear, plus some of the tallest peaks in North America.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Long and narrow, the park is defined by a single public road, Skyline Drive, which runs its entire length from north to south, winding past waterfalls, overlooks, and historic sites.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Created in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first and one of its most famous national parks. Visitors come to see attractions like Old Faithful, venture into the park’s canyons, climb mountains, hike, camp, and more.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

The jewel of Utah’s Mighty Five national parks, Zion is home to some of the most iconic views and trails in the National Park System.

Everything you need to know to plan a national park road trip

Everything you need to know to plan a national park road trip

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