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National & State Parks: Most Popular Articles

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How to Get a U.S. National Parks Pass
Find out more information on obtaining different types of the U.S. National Park pass, including cost and availability.
How to Purchase the Senior Pass
How to purchase Senior Pass, which provides free lifetime access to National parks and public lands managed by five government agencies. The Senior Pass is available for $10 for US citizens age 62 and older.
Driving Distance and Drive Times From Las Vegas...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Las Vegas, Nevada to selected U.S. National Parks.
A Guide to State Park Entrance Passes in All 50...
How to obtain state park entrance passes and annual permits.
A State-by-State Guide to Fall Colors
A state-by-state guide to fall foliage, including information on driving tours and the best places from which to observe the changing colors.
How to Get to 12 National Parks from Salt Lake...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Salt Lake City, Utah to selected National Parks.
Pack This: 10 Essentials for Backcountry Camping
If you aren't a seasoned outdoorsman, you may find it trickier than you thought to pack for a camping excursion. Before you load up on your favorite snacks, books, and pricey gear, check out the things you simply cannot leave out.
Must-Know Bear Safety Tips for Your Outdoor...
Bear safety tips, including how to tell a black bear from a grizzly bear, how to minimize chances of an encounter in a campground or in the backcountry, and what to do if you encounter a bear.
U.S. National Parks by State
A clickable U.S. map with links to all U.S. national parks.
The Best of the Best State Parks
A selection of the best state parks in all 50 states, as selected by the state park directors.
Get Out of LA with These Directions to Nearby...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Los Angeles, California to selected US National Parks.
Top National Parks
After scouring the highlights of all, I have narrowed it down to a simple top national parks for each region. If you can’t see them all or have no idea where to begin, start here.
The Senior Pass
Benefits of having a Senior Pass, which provides free lifetime access to National parks and public lands managed by five government agencies. The Senior Pass is available for $10 for US citizens age 62 and older.
How to Find a U.S. National Park Service Job
Love the outdoors and meeting new people? U.S. National Park Service jobs will let you do both and learn about the nation's most beautiful preserved lands.
Before You Buy a Parks Pass
How to decide whether to buy a Golden Eagle Passport, a Golden Age Passport, or a Golden Access Passport from the National Park Service.
National Park Entrance Passport For a Disabled...
a simple how to on obtaining a national park entrance passport for a disabled person.
South Dakota's Mount Rushmore National Memorial...
General park information for South Dakota's Mount Rushmore National Memorial, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial & Gateway...
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial & Gateway Arch, including a park description and information on how to get there, activities, facilities, and park history.
Top 5 Items You Don't Need When Backcountry...
Before you hit the trails, check out the top five items you think you need but can actually leave at home.
National Parks of the East
A listing of National Parks in the United States East.
Illinois' Best State Parks
The best state parks in Illinois, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Pennsylvania's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Pennsylvania, as selected by the director of its state park system.
How to Obtain a National Park Entrance Passpo...
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport for a disabled person.
Tips for Avoiding the Summer Crowds at...
Tips for Avoiding the Summer Crowds at the Most Visited National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, Yellowstone, and Yosemite
Driving Distance and Drive Times from San...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from San Francisco, California to selected US National Parks.
Movies filmed at national parks - alphabetical...
Movies Filmed on National Park Lands Have you ever been watching a movie and thought scenery was beautiful
Canadian National Park Passes -- Learn about...
Information on Canadian National Park passes that are available for Canada, covering admission to national parks and historic site. These include the National Parks of Canada Pass, the National Historic Sites of Canada Pass, and the Discovery Package.
Oregon National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oregon, including a state map.
Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park - An...
General park information for Grand Canyon National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
The Best State Parks to Visit in all 50 States
A selection of the best state parks in the United States
Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park -...
General park information for Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park...
General park information for Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
How to Obtain a National Park Entrance Pass
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport.
California's Sequoia & Kings Canyon National...
General park information for California's Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park - An...
General park information for Shenandoah National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Acadia National Park Top 5 Attractions
Acadia National Park is a beautiful area to tour. Before you plan your trip, check out the top things to do so you don’t miss a thing!
Montana's Glacier National Park - An Overview
General park information for Montana's Glacier National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
National Park Camping - How to Make Campground...
How to make reservations for camping at national parks in the United States and Canada. Includes information on campground reservation services as well as tips for making reservations online or by phone. Also find out learn about reservation services for campgrounds on lands managed by the USDA Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.
Michigan National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Michigan, including a state map.
Tips for Avoiding the Summer Crowds at the Most...
Tips for Avoiding the Summer Crowds at the Most Visited National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, Yellowstone, and Yosemite
Utah's Zion National Park - An Overview
General park information for Zion National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Mammoth Cave National Park - Top 5 Attractions
So you want to visit Mammoth Cave National Park - the longest cave system in the world - but not quite sure where to begin?
Maine's Acadia National Park - An Overview
General park information for Acadia National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Florida's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Florida, as selected by the director of its state park system.
National Parks by Name (A-C)
Links to official web sites of national parks and other units administered by the National Park Service. This page includes all the parks alphabetically from A-C.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Albuquerque, New Mexico to selected US National Parks.
Shiloh National Military Park - Plan Your Trip...
Travel information on Shiloh National Military Park, including park description and information on park location, how to get there, operating hours, activities, facilities, and park history.
California's Redwood National Park - An Overview
General park information for California's Redwood National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Oregon's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Oregon, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Pennsylvania National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Pennsylvania, including a state map.
Mount Rushmore Photos
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park - An...
General park information for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Oregon's Crater Lake National Park - An Overview
General park information for Crater Lake National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
A Guide to Fastpacking
For years, a trend in backpacking has been gaining popularity and respect in the outdoorsman community. It's called fastpacking and can most easily be described as running with the lightest pack possible. Sound intense? It is.
Camping at State Parks
Here you'll find information on camping at state parks, including links to all state park agency camping information, phone and online reservation systems, campground availability, and more.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Denver,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Denver, Colorado to selected US National Parks.
Georgia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Georgia.
California's Yosemite National Park - An Overview
General park information for Yosemite National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Seattle,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Seattle, Washington to selected US National Parks.
West Virginia's Most Scenic and Roads and...
Information on the the most scenic roads in West Virginia, including Coal Heritage Trail, Highland Scenic Highway, Historic National Road, Midland Trail, Washington Heritage Trail, and Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike.
Top Five Dog-Friendly National Parks
Dog-owners have to be a little more creative with their destinations. Check out these national parks for a dog-friendly vacation. Page 2.
California National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in California.
New Jersey's Best State Parks
The best state parks in New Jersey, as selected by the director of its state park system.
All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways -...
Search by state for the most scenic routes in the United States, including All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Phoenix,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Phoenix, Arizona to selected US National Parks.
Florida State Park Jobs and Career Opportunitie...
Learn about state park jobs and career opportunities through a series of interviews with park personnel. This interview is with Dorothy L. Harris, a Park Services Specialist at Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, Florida.
West Virginia's Best State Parks
The best state parks in West Virginia, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Top National Parks For Weddings
If you are planning a destination wedding, you may be surprised to learn that many national parks offer wedding services. With some of the country’s most stunning landscapes, these preserved destinations offer a beautiful backdrop for your big day.
California's Death Valley National Park - An...
General park information for Death Valley National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, including a park description and information on how to get there, activities, facilities, and park history.
Arkansas' Hot Springs National Park - An Overview
General park information for Arkansas' Hot Springs National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Michigan's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Michigan, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Ohio National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Ohio, including a state map.
Five Things to Do When Lost in the Wilderness
Technically “freaking out” maybe the first thing you do, but after the panic attack do you know what to do if you’re lost in the wilderness?
Florida National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Florida.
Texas National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Texas, including a state map.
Missouri National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Missouri, including a state map.
Top National Parks for Fall Foliage
The country is full of protected national parks and forests – the ideal location for fall foliage sightings. Waves of reds, oranges and yellows fill the landscapes and About.com has the perfect parks for you to enjoy all the beauty.
Pets at National Parks
TRAVELING WITH PETS TO NATIONAL PARKS I receive a number of e-mail inquiries about the National Park
Washington National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Washington, including a state map.
Michigan's Isle Royale National Park - An...
General park information for Michigan's Isle Royale National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Guide to Fall Colors in the U.S.
Find out more about nature's beautiful fall colors and where to best places are for leaf peeping in the U.S.
New York National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New York, including a state map.
Tennessee National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Tennessee, including a state map.
Mountain Lion Photo Gallery
A collection of Mountain lion photos, which is also known as cougar, puma, and florida panther.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Portland,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Portland, Oregon to selected US National Parks.
Best National Parks in Winter
All of the national parks deserve a visit, but a few beg to toured in the winter. These parks offer a unique perspective of their land and seasonal activities to entertain the whole family.
North Carolina National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in North Carolina, including a state map.
Best Wyoming State Parks to Visit in the Spring...
Information on the best Wyoming state parks to visit in the spring, including Hot Springs State Park, Trail End State Historic Site, and Fort Bridger State Historic Site
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Bozeman,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Bozeman, Montana to selected US National Parks.
National and State Park Trivia - Quiz #1
National and State Park Trivia - Quiz #1: Test your knowledge of nature, history, and geography with these national and state park questions.
Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park &...
General park information for Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
California's Joshua Tree National Park
General park information for Joshua Tree National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
One Day in Acadia National Park, Maine
If you only have one day to visit Acadia National Park, here are the must-see sites. Page 2.
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument was a filming location for the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Illinois National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Illinois, including a state map.
All About Florida's Everglades National Park
General park information for Everglades National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Badlands National Park - An Overview
General park information for Badlands National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Yellowstone National Park
Mixing geothermal activity with the natural wildlife, Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park exemplifies iconic Americana established as our country's first national park.
Denali National Park - Monthly Averages...
Monthly average high and low temperatures, rainfall, and snowfall for Fairbanks, Alaska, located only 121 miles from Denali National Park.
Wisconsin National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Wisconsin, including a state map.
Indiana National Parks
Indiana National Parks George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Located on site of old Fort Sackville,
Washington's Olympic National Park - An Overview
General park information for Washington's Olympic National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Create Your Own Wilderness First Aid Kit
Having a first aid kit when you are hiking or backcountry camping is essential. But you don’t have to dig deep in your pocket for a great kit. In fact, you probably have a lot of the items you need sitting in your medicine cabinet.
Mount Rushmore
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 3.
Georgia's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Georgia, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park - An Overview
General park information for Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Before You Go Camping, Check This List
Before you head out on your next camping adventure, make sure you have these essential items for a fun and safe experience.
State Park Volunteering
State by state list of State park volunteering, including student interships, campground hosting, environmental work, and other volunteer positions.
Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park - An Overview
General park information for Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Midwest National Parks
National Parks - Midwest Region Select a state to display links to all of its National Parks: Illinois
Shenandoah National Park - Top 5 Attractions
Whether you take in the views from the 105 miles of Skyline Drive or choose from 500 miles of trails within Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, you’re in for a treat.
Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park - An Overview
General park information for Grand Teton National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, including a park description and information on park location, how to get there, operating hours, activities, facilities, and park history.
National Park Lodges, Hotels, and Other...
National Park Lodges arranged alphabetically by property name. Includes information on all the hotels, lodges, and other accommodations inside the United States National Parks.
Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park - An Overview
General park information for Bryce Canyon National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Cumberland Island National Seashore – How...
Cumberland Island - Visiting and Exploring the largest and southernmost of Georgia's Golden Isles.
Washington's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Washington, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Banff National Park - An Overview
General park information for Banff National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
State Park Jobs and Career Opportunities
Learn about state park jobs and career opportunities in through a series of interviews with state park personnel. The respondents provide first-hand knowledge of the type of training that is required, what experiences are helpful, what a typical day is like, and so on.
Utah's Arches National Park - An Overview
General park information for Utah's Arches National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Iowa's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Iowa, as selected by the director of its state park system.
South Carolina's Congaree National Park - An...
General park information for Congaree National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
California's Channel Islands National Park - An...
General park information for Channel Islands National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Top National Parks to Visit in Summer
You can go to just about any national park and have a great time, but if you're looking for the places that offer a unique and exciting trip during the summer months, check out the these top national parks.
New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park -...
General park information for New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Environmental Conservation Organizations -...
An extensive list of environmental conservation organizations, including brief descriptions and links. This page includes organizations listed alphabetically from A-C.
Florida's Biscayne National Park - An Overview
General park information for Biscayne National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Minnesota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Minnesota, including a state map.
Movies - Q-Z
glen canyon nra yvette mimieux lily damita channel islands np death valley np: Movies filmed at national parks, Q-Z.
Mount Rushmore: Washington Close-Up
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 2.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Santa Fe,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Santa Fe, New Mexico to selected US National Parks.
West Virginia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in West Virginia, including a state map.
How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots
Making sure you’re wearing the right footwear will give you the support you need and comfort along the way.
New Jersey National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New Jersey, including a state map.
Minnesota's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Minnesota, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Alaska's Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park &...
General park information for Alaska's Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park & Preserve, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park - An...
General park information for Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Best National Parks for Christmas
The national parks offer a beautiful escape from the stress and an opportunity to bring you back down to what is really important. This year, consider this picturesque winter wonderlands that are a perfect place to celebrate the holidays. Page 4.
Connecticut's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Connecticut, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Utah's Canyonlands National Park - A Overview
General park information for Canyonlands National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Atlanta,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Atlanta, Georgia to selected US National Parks.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Billings,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Billings, Montana to selected US National Parks.
California's Most Scenic and Roads and Byways -...
Information on the the most scenic roads in California, including the Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway, Big Sur Coast Highway, Death Valley Scenic Byway, Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway, San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway, Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road, and Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
Kentucky's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Kentucky, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Oklahoma's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Oklahoma, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Alaska's Denali National Park & Preserve -...
General park information for Denali National Park & Preserve, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
How to Obtain the Access Pass
How to obtain the Access Pass, which is a free lifetime pass for US citizens with permanent disabilities (replacing what was formerly the Golden Access Passport).
Kansas' Best State Parks
The best state parks in Kansas, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Massachusetts State Park Jobs and Career...
Learn about state park jobs and career opportunities at Massachusetts State Parks through a series of interviews with park personnel, who explain requirements of park service jobs and offer career advice. This interview is with Mike Nelson, Regional Park Ranger Supervisor of the Urban Parks North Region, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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