US National Parks by State

Exploring our National Parks is one of the most popular, and the most beautiful, ways to see the United States. The National Park Service, created in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, has grown over the past 100 years to include over 400 National Park Sites (including National Monuments, Battlefields, etc). All of those are listed on our comprehensive National Parks Bucket List, but for the purpose of this post, we’re just covering the 63 National Parks in the United States.

Visiting all of the National Parks has been on our family’s bucket list for as long as I can remember. While I’d ideally love to visit ALL 419 National Park Service Units, our main goal is just the National Parks- and with parks spanning from Alaska to the Virgin Islands, it’s no small feat to visit them all. As of July 2021, we’ve visited 19/63 as a family.

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I’ve found that looking at the National Parks organized by state is much easier than trying to keep track of them alphabetically. I mean, who is going to Acadia National Park (in Maine) and Arches National Park (in Utah) on one trip?! And if they are, I wanna go, too!!

US National Parks by State

Alaska

  1. ◽  DENALI NATIONAL PARK
  2. ◽  GATES OF THE ARCTIC NATIONAL PARK
  3. ◽  GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
  4. ◽  KATMAI NATIONAL PARK
  5. ◽  KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK
  6. ◽  KOBUK VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
  7. ◽  LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK
  8. ◽  WRANGELL-ST ELIAS NATIONAL PARK

Arizona

  1. GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
  2. PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK
  3. ◽  SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK

Arkansas

  1. ◽  HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK

California

  1. CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
  2. DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (also NV)
  3. ◽  JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
  4. ◽  KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK
  5. ◽  LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
  6. ◽  PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK
  7. ◽  REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK
  8. ◽  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK
  9. YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

beautiful peaks of Yosemite National Park with blue skies, puffy white clouds - US National Parks by stateYosemite National Park

Colorado

  1. ◽  BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK
  2. ◽  GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK
  3. ◽  MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
  4. ◾  ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Florida

  1. ◽  BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK
  2. DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK
  3. EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK

Kids snorkeling at Dry Tortugas National ParkDry Tortugas National Park

Hawaii

  1. ◽  HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
  2. ◽  HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Idaho

  1. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (also MT AND WY)

Indiana

  1. ◽  INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK

Kentucky

  1. ◽  MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK

Maine

  1. ◽  ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Michigan

  1. ◽  ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK

Minnesota

  1. ◽  VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK

Missouri

  1. ◾  GATEWAY ARCH NATIONAL PARK

Montana

  1. GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
  2. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (also ID and WY)

Nevada

  1. ◾  DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (also CA)
  2. ◽  GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK

New Mexico

  1. ◽  CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK
  2. ◾  WHITE SANDS NATIONAL PARK

kids running up the dunes at white sands national park - US National Parks by stateWhite Sands National Park

North Carolina

  1. ◾  GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (also TN)

North Dakota

  1. ◽  THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK

Ohio

  1. ◽  CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Oregon

  1. CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK

South Carolina

  1. ◾  CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK

South Dakota

  1. ◽  BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK
  2. ◽  WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK

Tennessee

  1. ◾  GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (also NC)

Texas

  1. ◽  BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK
  2. ◽  GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Utah

  1. ◽  ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
  2. ◽  BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
  3. ◽  CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK
  4. ◽  CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK
  5. ◽  ZION NATIONAL PARK

Virginia

  1. ◽  SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

Washington

  1. MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK
  2. NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK
  3. OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

West Virginia

  1. ◽  NEW RIVER GORGE NATIONAL PARK

Wyoming

  1. GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
  2. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (also ID, MT)

US TERRITORIES

  1. ◽  NATIONAL PARK OF AMERICAN SAMOA, American Samoa
  2. ◽  VIRGIN ISLAND NATIONAL PARK, Virgin Islands

What’s your favorite National Park?? Thus far, I *think* my favorite is White Sands, but it’s such a hard decision! Annnnd now that we’ve visited Dry Tortugas National Park, it’s right up there with White Sands.

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