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National & State Parks: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Guide to State Park Entrance Passes in All 50...
How to obtain state park entrance passes and annual permits.
U.S. National Parks by State
A clickable U.S. map with links to all U.S. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Parks For Teachers
The National Park Service (NPS) works hard to ensure that teachers are provided with the tools necessary to host fun and educational visits.
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 Parks of the East
A listing of National Parks in the United States East.
Pennsylvania's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Pennsylvania, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
How to Obtain a National Park Entrance Passpo...
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport for a senior citizen, from your About.com Guide
Florida National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Florida.
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.
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. Page 7.
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.
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
Texas National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Texas, including a state map.
Oregon National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oregon, including a state map.
Michigan National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Michigan, including a state map.
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.
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?
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. Page 2.
Georgia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Georgia.
Washington National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Washington, including a state map.
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.
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!
New York National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New York, including a state map.
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.
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.
How to Obtain a National Park Entrance Pass
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Phoenix,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Phoenix, Arizona to selected US National Parks.
California National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in California.
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.
Pennsylvania National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Pennsylvania, including a state map.
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
Mount Rushmore Photos
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
Tennessee National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Tennessee, including a state map.
North Carolina National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in North Carolina, including a state map.
Illinois National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Illinois, including a state map.
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.
Ohio National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Ohio, including a state map.
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.
Texas' Guadalupe Mountains National Park - An...
General park information for Texas' Guadalupe Mountains 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.
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.
New Jersey's Best State Parks
The best state parks in New Jersey, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Minnesota, including a state map.
Missouri National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Missouri, including a state map.
Georgia's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Georgia, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Albuquerque, New Mexico to selected US National Parks.
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.
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.
Texas' Big Bend National Park - An Overview
General park information for Big Bend National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
West Virginia's Best State Parks
The best state parks in West Virginia, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 National Parks to Visit During Spring
These National Parks reach their peak during spring - crowds are just right, wildlife is blooming, and the park is as it meant to be seen. Learn which parks pop in the springtime and start planning the first trip of the season now!
Wisconsin National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Wisconsin, including a state map.
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.
Oklahoma National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oklahoma, including a state map.
Mount Rushmore: Jefferson Close-Up
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 4.
Pets at National Parks
TRAVELING WITH PETS TO NATIONAL PARKS I receive a number of e-mail inquiries about the National Park
Virginia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Virginia, including a state map.
Midwest National Parks
National Parks - Midwest Region Select a state to display links to all of its National Parks: Illinois
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 3.
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.
Mount Rushmore
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 3.
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.
Alabama National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Alabama, including a state map.
Indiana National Parks
Indiana National Parks George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Located on site of old Fort Sackville,
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.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Denver,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Denver, Colorado to selected US National Parks.
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.
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.
Louisiana's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Louisiana, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
Massachuesetts National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Massachuesetts, including a state map.
The Real Origins of President's Day
The history of Presidents' Day, with links to national parks that commemorate Washington, Lincoln, and other past U.S. Presidents.
Best Family Tents for Camping
There are plenty of tents out there to choose from, ranging in comfort levels, size, durability, and cost. Check out the top picks and get ready for an awesome vacation!
Top 5 State Parks to Visit During Fall
With 3,675 designated state parks in the U.S., it may seem overwhelming to find the best destinations for the most anticipated autumn displays, but worry no more. Here are the top picks for a fun-filled, fall foliage weekend.
Iowa's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Iowa, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Oregon's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Oregon, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Maryland National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Maryland, including a state map.
Iowa National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Iowa, including a state map.
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 National Parks
Information and links to the national parks in Connecticut.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Seattle,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Seattle, Washington to selected US National Parks.
National Park Photographer Ian Shive Releases App
Get ready to embark on adventures of a lifetime when you download the Ian Shive Photography App for the iPad, one that allows users to accompany Ian as he documents the “wildest” places on land and undersea.
Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive is perhaps the most important feature of Shenandoah National Park as the only public road through the park.
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?
West Virginia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in West Virginia, 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.
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument was a filming location for the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Idaho National Parks
craters of the moon national monument granite spires nez perce national historical park hagerman fossil beds national monument horse fossils: Links to the national parks in Idaho.
Michigan's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Michigan, as selected by the director of its state park system.
South Carolina National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in South Carolina, including a state map.
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.
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.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail - Learn about...
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, including a park description and information on park location, how to get there, operating hours, activities, facilities, and park history.
Mount Rushmore: Internationally Famous
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 5.
Massachusetts' Best State Parks
The best state parks in Massachusetts, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Louisiana National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Louisiana, 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.
Readers' Choice: Top National Parks
These parks stand out to our readers as the top national park of that region. These must-visits offer something for everyone. It is time to find out the top national parks of 2012 as chosen by readers.
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.
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.
Driving Distances and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from major US cities to selected US National Parks.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Portland,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Portland, Oregon to selected US National Parks.
Mount Rushmore: Washington Close-Up
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 2.
The American Orient Express
The American Orient Express: visiting America's National Parks by train in style & luxury
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.
Washington's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Washington, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Jamestown National Historic Site
Jamestown National Historic Site, including a park description and information on park location, how to get there, operating hours, activities, facilities, and park history.
California's Lassen Volcanic National Park - An...
General park information for California's Lassen Volcanic National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Banff National Park - An Overview
General park information for Banff 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.
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.
Washington's North Cascades National Park - An...
General park information for National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
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.
South Dakota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in South Dakota, including a state map.
Nebraska National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Nebraska, including a state map.
North Dakota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in North Dakota, including a state map.
National Parks - A Brief History
president woodrow wilson national park history george catlin national wildlife refuge act forests: National Parks - A Brief History.
Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park - An Overview
General park information for Kenai Fjords National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
New Hampshire National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New Hampshire, including a state map.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Tucson,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Tucson, Arizona to selected US National Parks.
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. Page 6.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Bozeman,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Bozeman, Montana to selected US National Parks.
Mount Rushmore: The View
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, including a park description and information on how to get there, activities, facilities, and park history.
Kansas National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Kansas, including a state map.
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.

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