- 1 Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- 2 Badlands National Park
- 3 Saguaro National Park
- 4 Acadia National Park
- 5 Yosemite National Park
- 6 Denali National Park & Preserve
- 7 Glacier National Park
- 8 Yellowstone National Park
- 9 Everglades National Park
- 10 Kenai Fjords National Park
- 11 Grand Canyon National Park
- 12 Grand Teton National Park
- 13 Mount Rainier National Park
- 14 Canyonlands National Park
- 15 Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
- 16 Arches National Park
- 17 Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
- 18 Crater Lake National Park
- 19 Big Bend National Park
- 20 Joshua Tree National Park
- 21 Zion National Park
- 22 Sequoia National Park
22 U.S. National Parks to See Now
The National Park Service has dedicated over 100 years to crucial conservation efforts—and with 58 national parks to look after, they deserve some major appreciation. Here, we visit 22 of the most gorgeous, from the goliath glaciers of Kenai Fjords to the pink sandstone canyons of Zion.
A Brooklyn-based writer and editor, Chelsea's work has appeared in Matador Network, The Huffington Post, the TripAdvisor blog, and more. When not planning her next trip, you'll usually find her drinking way too much iced coffee (always iced—she’s from New England) or bingeing a Netflix original series.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the U.S. thanks to a show-stopping combination of spruce-fir forests, roaring waterfalls, year-round wildflower blooms, a lively black bear population, and historic Southern Appalachian homes and churches. You can find it all on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.
Badlands National Park
Grass prairies, jagged pinnacles and spires, and ancient fossil beds converge in Badlands National Park, in southwestern South Dakota. The rugged landscape was once home to rhinos, wild horses, and saber-toothed cats, but today you're more likely to catch glimpses of bison, prairie dogs and bighorn sheep.
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Saguaro National Park
Just a short drive from Tucson, you'll find the largest collection of cacti in the U.S., some 90,000-acres-worth, within Saguaro National Park's borders. Well-maintained hiking paths provide visitors with the opportunity to spot coyotes, jack rabbits, and Mexican spotted owls along the Sonoran Desert panorama.
Acadia National Park
White-tailed deer, moose, beavers, bobcats, peregrine falcons, and black bears roam Acadia's rugged Atlantic coast. The stunning Maine landscape can be distinguished by its snow-capped mountain peaks, rocky stone shores, and pink granite summits.
Yosemite National Park
The vast Sierra Nevada Mountains frame the waterfalls, wetlands, valleys, and soaring sequoia groves of central California's Yosemite National Park. For some of the most impressive views of the glacier- and river-formed Yosemite Valley and the commanding granite Half Dome, visitors head to Glacier Point.
Denali National Park & Preserve
Alpine tundras meet snowy mountain peaks, icy lakes, and clean, clear air in Alaska’s Denali National Park, where some six million acres of rugged wilderness and free-roaming wildlife are broken only by a single 92-mile road.
Glacier National Park
Everglades National Park
Manatees, American crocodiles and Florida panthers all call the Everglades wetlands home. As the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S., the park fosters a delicate ecosystem of 36 different threatened and protected species.
Kenai Fjords National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
"Immense" simply can't describe the magnitude of Grand Canyon National Park's 277-miles of eroded river gorge, but it's the best we've got. The more than a million-acre park, in Arizona's remote northwestern corner, is often considered one of the world's seven natural wonders.
Grand Teton National Park
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is home to two active volcanoes: Kīlauea and the subaerial Mauna Loa. Pu'u 'Ō'ō, one of the park's volcanic cones, has been continuously erupting since 1983 and regular viewing hours are held for visitors to witness the lava flow.
Arches National Park
More than 2,000 naturally-formed red sandstone arches along with a countless number of otherworldly rock formations, pinnacles and fins dot the landscape of Arches National Park in eastern Utah. The Fiery Furnace, Tower of Babel and Delicate Arch, among others, attract more than 700,000 annual visitors.
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve shelters the tallest dunes in the country along with ancient spruce and pine forests, grasslands and wetlands. Medano Creek—depending on its water level—attracts crowds of surfers, skimboarders and swimmers.
Crater Lake National Park
As the deepest lake in the U.S., visitors from all around the world converge on the rim of Crater Lake just to stare in awe at its pristine surface. The famously clear and crisp caldera was born from a volcanic eruption some 6,000-8,000 years ago, and is fed today by snow and rain.
Big Bend National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Sprawling across much of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, and silhouetted by the Little San Bernardino Mountains, Joshua Tree is best distinguished by its spiky namesake trees. The species of native yuca lives an average of 150 years.
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Ready to climb those mountains? Go for utilitarian shorts, an athletic tank, and low hiking boots or shoes, then top off the look with playful accessories like a bucket hat and fanny pack.
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