US National Parks

About US National Parks

The United States is home to some of the world's most stunning natural landscapes, many of which are protected as National Parks. These parks are managed by the National Park Service and offer visitors a chance to experience the country's diverse geography and wildlife. There are currently 63 national parks in the United States, each with its own unique features and attractions.

Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872, was the first national park in the world. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is known for its geothermal features, including the famous Old Faithful geyser. Yellowstone also has a large population of bison, as well as wolves, elk, and bears.

Yosemite National Park, located in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, is famous for its towering granite cliffs, including Half Dome and El Capitan. The park is also home to giant sequoia trees, which can live for thousands of years and grow to be over 300 feet tall.

Grand Canyon National Park, located in Arizona, is known for its awe-inspiring views of the massive canyon carved by the Colorado River. Visitors can hike down into the canyon, take a helicopter tour, or simply enjoy the panoramic views from the rim.

Other notable national parks in the United States include Acadia National Park in Maine, with its rocky coastline and scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean; Zion National Park in Utah, with its towering red rock cliffs and hiking trails; and Glacier National Park in Montana, with its stunning glaciers and alpine lakes.

In addition to these larger parks, the National Park Service also manages dozens of smaller parks, historic sites, and monuments across the country. These include the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York City, the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, and the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Visiting a national park is a great way to experience the natural beauty and diversity of the United States. Whether you're interested in hiking, camping, wildlife watching, or simply taking in the scenery, there is something for everyone at America's national parks.

Discovering National Parks

Upon arriving in the United States in the spring of 1997, I was quickly introduced to the concept of National Parks. During my first month in the country, while strolling through a Barnes & Noble bookstore, I stumbled upon a section dedicated to books on national parks and outdoor recreation. Looking back on it now, I find it amusing that I left the store with two books, one about US national parks and an Atlas (which detailed all the roads in the US), despite not even owning a car at the time. It was on that day that my love for national parks began.

Later that summer, my job took me to South Dakota to work for a computer manufacturing company called GATEWAY, which featured cow patches on their products. It was during this time that I had the opportunity to visit my very first national park, Badlands National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Since then, it has become my life's goal to visit every national park in the United States. To date, I have had the pleasure of visiting 24 of the national parks in the lower 48 states, and I hope to share my experiences visiting all of them when time permits.

List of US National Parks

Interactive Map of US Nationals Parks

The US National Parks are located throughout the country, and an interactive map is available to help plan your visit to these breathtaking natural sites. To utilize the map, you can easily zoom in on the specific area you want to explore. From there, you can locate the park you're interested in and adjust the level of detail displayed by zooming in or out. Additionally, you can obtain driving directions to the park entrance, making trip planning easier than ever before.