America’s national parks are classic road trip destinations. And while big names like Yosemite and Yellowstone draw the most crowds, there are actually 62 national parks you can explore! With Camperville’s free printable list of 62 national parks in the U.S., you can set a national parks bucket list and keep track of your progress. Below is our guide to all 62 National Parks by state and you can also find our FREE printable list of national parks at the end of this post!
Alaska National Parks
This rugged wilderness park is named for Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), the 20,310-foot mountain that dominates the landscape. (It’s the tallest mountain in North America.) The easiest way to see the park is via the transit buses that travel the park’s only road—but there are also plenty of backpacking opportunities.
- Gates of the Arctic
With no roads, trails, or visitor services, Gates of the Arctic is a park for self-sufficient backpackers and river runners. (It’s home to six national wild and scenic rivers.) For those willing to make the trip, they’ll find solitude and an up-close look at rare Arctic wildlife and ecosystems.
- Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay is 3.3 million acres of incredibly varied landscapes including mountains, temperate rainforests, and coastline. It’s a popular port for cruise ships, with visitors spending a day or two exploring the area and watching for wildlife like brown bears, sea lions, harbor seals, and a variety of birds.
Katmai is well-known for its robust Alaskan brown bear population and the annual spectacle of hungry bears catching salmon in the river. A new elevated bridge and viewing platforms helps visitors get a close look at the resident bears from a safe distance. Even if this park doesn’t make your list, it’s worth watching the park’s bear cams.
- Kenai Fjords
Scenic fjords and more than 40 glaciers top the list of must-sees at Kenai Fjords National Park. Since most of the park is only accessible by water, take a narrated boat tour to explore this beautiful landscape and see wildlife. Kayaking is another way to enjoy this park but unless you’re an experienced paddler, it’s best to take a guided trip.
- Kobuk Valley
The open lands of Kobuk Valley National Park are along the annual migratory route for more than a half million caribou. (Plan your visit in the spring or fall if you want to see them.) Besides wildlife, this park is also home to the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, 30 square miles of sand dunes that are a popular hiking and camping destination.
- Lake Clark
Lake Clark is one of the most remote national parks in the United States. (Don’t bother using Google maps to find it, there aren’t any roads that will take you there. Instead, visitors reach this park via boat or plane.) Once you’re there, you’ll find plentiful opportunities for fishing, hiking, and wilderness camping.
- Wrangell-St. Elias
This is the largest national park in the United States—Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Switzerland could fit inside it! Everything here is big. The park is home to staggering mountains, massive glaciers, and some of North America’s largest volcanoes. (Only one of the volcanoes is considered active. Its last eruption was in 1900.) Explore it on foot, by plane, or by driving one of the park’s few roads.
Arizona National Parks
- Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon is one of the country’s most iconic parks. Even people who have never set foot here are familiar with the orange rock and endless canyons that define this park. Enjoy the view from the rim or venture into the canyon to hike or raft. But plan accordingly. During peak season, this park can be very crowded.
- Petrified Forest
This park gets its name from the large deposits of petrified wood that are found here. Most of the landscape is semi-desert with colorful rock formations. Petrified Forest is also known as one of the most pet-friendly national parks. Pets are allowed (on leashes) anywhere in the park except for park buildings.
Not surprisingly, this national park in Arizona is one of the best places to see Saguaro, the most famous cactus species of the American west. Thanks to the desert climate, campgrounds here are open all year long. (But they’re first come, first serve, so keep that in mind when planning your trip.)
Arkansas National Parks
- Hot Springs
Hot Springs National Park is one of the rare parks that’s located right in the middle of a town. Nevertheless, this park still offers scenic beauty such as forest hiking trails, creeks, and mountain scenery. The big draw, however, are the hot springs. You can visit eight historic bathhouses and go for an indoor soak in the lengendary thermal springs.
California National Parks
- Channel Islands
This stunning park includes five islands (and the surrounding ocean) off the coast of California. A visit here offers a glimpse at what this region was like before the state’s population boom. The only way to reach the islands themselves is by (public or private) boat or plane. Each island offers an array of activities on land or at sea, including kayaking and snorkeling.
- Death Valley
This is a place that’s well-known for its extreme heat and arid landscape, but there’s a lot to see and explore. Hike, camp, go horseback riding, or bike on the park’s 785 miles of roads. (The park provides some suggested bike routes.) There’s also plenty of history. Visit one of the park’s ghost towns or one of its many old mines.
- Joshua Tree
Joshua Trees are a rare yucca tree that grows only in the United States. In fact, most of these otherworldly trees grow only within the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. This desert wilderness in southern California is also one of the best places to stargaze. If you plan to camp here, keep in mind that because of the hot, desert climate, the best (and busiest) time to camp is September through May.
- Lassen Volcanic
The main feature of this national park in northeastern California is Lassen Peak, the southernmost volcano in the Cascades. The park is filled with volcanic peaks and features including fumaroles (cracks in the earth’s crust that release volcanic gases). Four of the park’s lakes offer boating and fishing access.
- Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon was first established as General Grant National Park in 1890 but was expanded and renamed Kings Canyon in 1940. Today it’s adjacent to Sequoia National Park and shares a lot of the same geographic features like mountains, canyons, and groves of sequoias, some of the tallest trees in the world.
Pinnacles National Park is named for the park’s unique geological feature that was created when an extinct volcano eroded over time. Like some of California’s other national parks, Pinnacles is busier during the winter months because summer temperatures can be extremely high. No matter when you go, there are plenty of opportunities to hike, rock climb, and explore nature.
Most people visit Redwood National Park for its famous trees. The forest here is one of the few temperate rainforests in the United States and one of the last places to see ancient coast redwood trees. The redwood trees in this park are some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. In fact, the world’s tallest tree can be seen here: Hyperion, a coast redwood that rises 379.1 feet from the forest floor. That said, there are other things to explore in the park too including tide pools, prairies, and rivers.
If climbing one of the country’s tallest mountains is on your bucket list, you’ll find it here. Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous United States, towers over the landscape at 14,505 feet. Like Redwood and Kings Canyon, this park is also home to some of the world’s largest and oldest trees. But if getting away from the crowds is your goal, you can find solitude here too. Most of Sequoia National Park is backcountry wilderness.
As one of the country’s first national parks, Yosemite is a place with rich history as well as incredible outdoor experiences. The magnificent Yosemite Valley is one of its most photographed spots, but there is plenty of scenic beauty in this 1,200-square-mile park including waterfalls, meadows, peaks, and ancient trees.
Colorado National Parks
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Colorado’s Black Canyon runs for 48 miles along the Gunnison River and this national park includes 12 miles of the deepest and steepest part of the canyon. The Black Canyon gets its name from how little daylight reaches the bottom. At its steepest point, the canyon receives only 33 minutes of light each day! Hiking and camping opportunities abound here. Follow a trail along the rim or head into the canyon itself (backcountry permits required).
- Great Sand Dunes
See America’s tallest sand dunes at this national park in western Colorado—and try a new sport too. In addition to hiking, visitors can sand-board and sand-sled down the dunes. (Equipment is available for rent just outside the park.)
- Mesa Verde
This national park protects the archeological and cultural history of the Ancestral Pueblo people who once lived here. Guided (and self-guided) tours take visitors to see some of the best preserved cliff dwellings in the United States—600 in all. The park also offers hiking and camping opportunities.
- Rocky Mountain
With its proximity to Colorado’s Front Range, Rocky Mountain is one of Colorado’s most popular parks. For a scenic overview of this beautiful landscape, take a drive up Trail Ridge Road that tops out at 12,000 feet. Or stay at one of the park’s many campgrounds and take your pick from 300 miles of hiking trails.
Florida National Parks
If you want to explore Biscayne National Park, bring your boat—this park is 95% water! Just south of Miami, the park encompasses Biscayne Bay and its coral reefs and mangrove-covered shoreline. Visitors can camp, snorkel, kayak, or go boating and fishing.
- Dry Tortugas
One of the country’s most remote national parks is 70 miles west of Key West and can be reached only by ferry, seaplane, or private boat. One of the Dry Tortugas seven islands is home to Fort Jefferson, a 19th-century fort that was never completed. (Though it was used for a military prison until 1874.) Services are limited in this park but there are 8 primitive campsites and plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking.
The Everglades are one of the most rare wildlife habitats in the world—and in the early days of Florida’s statehood, people wanted to drain them. Fortunately, these 1.5 million acres of subtropical wilderness became a national park instead. Today you can camp at one of the park’s two campgrounds, go backpacking, or explore the park’s waterways in your boat, kayak—or take an airboat tour.
Hawaii National Parks
This stunning national park on the island of Maui is a place where you can experience Hawaiian culture, explore bamboo forests and volcanic terrain, and possibly even spot a rare nēnē bird, an endangered species that lives only in Hawaii. There are two car-accessible campgrounds as well as wilderness cabins and campsites.
- Hawai’i Volcanoes
This national park made headlines in 2018 when one of its two famous volcanoes, Kīlauea, had a particularly explosive eruption that destroyed much of the surrounding area. The volcano had been actively erupting since 1983 and finally stopped in December 2018. As the park continues its recovery process, it has welcomed visitors back and reopened some trails and campgrounds.
Indiana National Parks
- Indiana Dunes
Indiana Dunes is a longtime national lakeshore that officially became a national park in 2019. It stretches along 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and includes forests, wetlands, sandy beaches, and of course, sand dunes. Spend the day on the sand or explore the park on foot—there are more than 50 miles of hiking trails.
Kentucky National Parks
- Mammoth Cave
Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world with more than 400 miles of passageways that twist and turn underground. There are many ways to explore this cave including a self-guided tour and a 2-hour guided history tour. The park also has a lot of above ground activities including camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and horseback riding.
Maine National Parks
Acadia is one of the most visited national parks in the country and it’s easy to see why. The park protects miles of rocky Atlantic coastline including most of Mount Desert island. Portions of the forested park are crisscrossed with 45 miles of carriage roads. Though the roads were originally built for early 20th-century carriages, today they’re used by cyclists, walkers, and horseback riders.
Michigan National Parks
- Isle Royale
Fifteen miles off the Minnesota and Canadian shore is Isle Royale, Lake Superior’s largest island. (The national park itself includes its namesake island plus 400 smaller islands.) Only accessible by ferry, seaplane, or private boat, it’s the least-visited national park in the lower 48. Yet anyone who’s willing to make the trip will find incredible wilderness including freshwater lakes, streams, and boreal forest.
Minnesota National Parks
This national park along the U.S/Canadian border is a maze of freshwater lakes and waterways. In fact, 40% of the park is water—even the main visitor center is on a peninsula that can be reached only by boat. But if you don’t have your own boat, don’t worry. Many park visitors rent canoes or houseboats.
Missouri National Parks
- Gateway Arch
To find the country’s smallest national park, head to St. Louis. The park’s centerpiece, the 630-foot Gateway Arch was constructed in 1965 to commemorate the westward expansion of the United States. The arch and surrounding land became a national park in 2018. Visitors can take a tram ride to the top of the Arch and take a guided tour of the historic Old Courthouse.
Montana National Parks
Glacier National Park covers more than a million acres of mountains, forests, and lakes in northwestern Montana. But it also has another claim to fame: it has nearly all its original plant and wildlife species. As you explore Glacier’s 700+ hiking trails, you can expect to see grizzly bears, moose, mountain goats, and elk. If you’re lucky—and in the backcountry—you might also spot rare species like lynx or wolverines.
Nevada National Parks
- Great Basin
The Great Basin is a special habitat where water flows in but does not flow out. This geological features covers most of Nevada and a portion of it has been protected as Great Basin National Park. There’s a lot to see here from 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak to the caves below.
New Mexico National Parks
- Carlsbad Caverns
At Carlsbad Caverns National Park, there are incredible things to see above ground and below. To explore the caves, take a guided tour or follow an itinerary for a self-guided tour (an entrance ticket is required either way). Above ground, explore the scenic Guadalupe Mountains and Chihuahuan Desert on one of the park’s hiking trails.
- White Sands
White Sands National Park protects nearly half of the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. (Gypsum is the white stone that gives this desert its distinct color.) To get an up-close look at this amazing landscape, you can take the Dunes Drive (16 miles round-trip), bike, hike, or go dune sledding. (Sleds are usually available for purchase at the park’s gift shop.)
North Carolina & Tennessee National Parks
- Great Smoky Mountains
With its proximity to many cities and its beautiful landscape, Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park. Bordering North Carolina and Tennessee, this park’s forested mountains are home to many diverse wildlife and plant species as well as historic sites like Cades Cove. And if you’d like to get a glimpse of the legendary Appalachian Trail, 71 miles of it runs through the park.
North Dakota National Parks
- Theodore Roosevelt
If you like Badlands National Park in South Dakota, it’s worth visiting this lesser known park located in its neighbor to the north. Theodore Roosevelt National Park has three separate areas of “badlands” (a dry landscape of eroded rock and soil that often has striking colors and geological formations). Explore the backcountry on foot, watch for wildlife, or paddle the Little Missouri River.
Ohio National Parks
- Cuyahoga Valley
Just 30 minutes south of downtown Cleveland is a beautiful and peaceful river valley. While there’s no camping in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, there are plenty of reasons to plan a day trip including 125 miles of hiking trails, paddling opportunities, and catch-and-release fishing.
Oregon National Parks
- Crater Lake
More than 7,000 years ago, a collapsed volcano created what we know today as Crater Lake. It’s one of the deepest (1,949 feet!) and most pristine lakes in the world. (No streams or rivers flow into the lake so the only water that fills it is rainwater.) Ferries offer tours of the lake itself or see it from a distance along the scenic Rim Drive.
South Carolina National Parks
To see some of the tallest trees in the eastern United States, visit South Carolina’s Congaree National Park. It’s one of the few places in the country where you can see old-growth forests. There are hiking trails, a 15-mile canoe trail along Cedar Creek, and two drive-in campgrounds (plus backcountry camping opportunities).
South Dakota National Parks
Badlands National Park is 244,000 acres of incredible geological formations and shortgrass prairie. The area originally got its name because it was notoriously difficult terrain to travel through. The layered rock here is also rich in fossils. In addition to typical outdoor activities like hiking and camping, you can also visit the park’s Fossil Preparation Lab and see paleontologists at work.
- Wind Cave
Established in 1903 by Theodore Roosevelt, Wind Cave was the world’s first cave to become a national park. Because of changing barometric pressure inside the cave system, wind often blows out of the entrance which gave the cave its name. Take a guided tour of the cave itself or hike through the prairies and ponderosa forests above.
Texas National Parks
- Big Bend
This massive national park runs along the U.S./Mexico border in southwest Texas. It includes the entire range of the Chisos Mountains as well as a big part of the Chihuahuan Desert. Big Bend is one of the most remote and least visited national parks in the country, so if you’re looking for solitude and prime wildlife watching, this park would be a good choice.
- Guadalupe Mountains
If you’re already visiting New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns, it’s worth stopping at its Texas neighbor, Guadalupe Mountains National Park. (The parks share a border but it’s a 30-mile drive from one park entrance to the other.) There are more than 80 miles of hiking trails here, including a route to the summit of Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet.
Utah National Parks
Utah is home to five amazing national parks and a trip through these “Mighty Five” is a popular itinerary for road-trippers. Arches National Park has more than 2,000 stone arches—including the iconic Delicate Arch that appears on Utah’s license place. The park has only one campground so make reservations before you go.
- Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon is another Utah park that boasts incredible rock formations. This is where you’ll find the greatest concentration of “hoodoos” in the world (irregular columns of rock) in addition to awe-inspiring canyons. The park’s four main overlooks are found in the first few miles of the park’s entrance: Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, and Sunrise Point.
Canyonlands is divided into four main districts and all of them are remote. One of the most popular ways to explore this high desert landscape is by traveling its four-wheel drive trails. There are hundreds of miles of unpaved roads throughout the park that will take you to overlooks, backcountry campsites, and undisturbed wilderness.
- Capitol Reef
If you haven’t noticed it by now, Utah’s national parks are a playground for geologists and anyone else wowed by ancient rock formations. Like its neighboring parks, Capitol Reef offers more stunning scenery and ample opportunities for hiking, climbing, bouldering, and canyoneering.
The heart of Utah’s first national park is the 15-mile-long Zion Canyon with its winding river and soaring red cliffs. But there’s more than desert here. This national park has four main habitats within its boundaries: desert, riparian (river), woodland, and coniferous forest. Due to its popularity, the park now relies on a shuttle service to take visitors to trailheads and scenic overlooks.
Virginia National Parks
Shenandoah National park is just 75 miles from Washington, D.C. but visitors say this peaceful valley feels even further away. Take the scenic Skyline Drive or explore the park’s waterfalls and wildflowers on foot. There are also five campgrounds and backcountry camping in the park.
Washington National Parks
It should come as no surprise that within the 1 million acres of Olympic National Park there’s an amazing variety of sights and experiences. Wander beneath old-growth trees in a vibrant temperate rainforest. Explore the tide pools along the Pacific Coast. Or hike along the Olympic Mountains. No matter what you choose, make sure to allow yourself plenty of time. This is a big park with a lot to see and do.
- Mount Rainier
The 14,410-foot Mount Rainier has more glaciers than any other peak in the contiguous United States. A trip to the summit is for experienced climbers only but there are many hiking trails, wildflower meadows, and scenic spots below the peak. The park also includes waterfalls and acres of old-growth forest.
- North Cascades
More than 300 glaciers cover the mountains in North Cascades National Park, including Emmons Glacier, the largest glacier in the United States. And with this much melting ice, there’s also a lot of water in the park—more than 500 lakes and ponds plus several rivers and creeks. North Cascades also has plenty of camping options including drive-in campgrounds, wilderness sites, boat-in sites, and sites just for bicyclists.
Wyoming National Parks
- Grand Teton
One of the most famous photos of the American West was taken at this park. Today you can overlook the winding Snake River with the jagged Tetons in the background just like photographer Ansel Adams did. (You’ll find this view at the Snake River Overlook.) But don’t stop there. Four scenic drives traverse the park, along with miles of hiking trails.
This is the national park that started it all. On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone officially became the first national park in the United States. Since then, it’s gone on to become one of the most visited—and iconic—parks in the country. Don’t miss its many volcanic features (like the Old Faithful geyser) or its prime wildlife watching spots.
U.S Territories National Parks
- American Samoa
More than 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii is the tropical paradise of American Samoa. The national park encompasses three of the territory’s seven islands plus the neighboring coral reefs. Visitors here can learn about Samoan culture and history, snorkel or dive in the sparkling waters, hike through tropical rainforest, or simply relax on the beach.
- U.S. Virgin Islands
Virgin Islands national park covers more than half the island of St. John’s in the U.S. Virgin Islands (plus the surrounding ocean and part of Hassel Island). While at the park, you can hike to historic sites to learn about the islands’ interesting and complicated past, and enjoy the warm Caribbean waters by snorkeling, swimming, or boating.
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