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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.
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 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.
A Guide to State Park Entrance Passes in All 50...
How to obtain state park entrance passes and annual permits.
The National Christmas Tree
The History of the National Christmas Tree.
U.S. National Parks by State
A clickable U.S. map with links to all 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mount Rushmore Photos
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Best Texas State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Texas state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by Texas Parks & Wildlife. These include Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Seminole Canyon State Historical Park, and Garner State Park.
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.
National Parks of the East
A listing of National Parks in the United States East.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Phoenix,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Phoenix, Arizona to selected US National Parks.
Best Parks for New Year’s Eve
If you want to avoid crowded bars, loud parties, and waking up the next morning with a headache, consider the national parks for an unforgettable New Year’s. Page 3.
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.
Mount Rushmore: Jefferson Close-Up
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 4.
Florida National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Florida.
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.
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.
Mount Rushmore
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 3.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from San...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from San Francisco, California to selected US National Parks.
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.
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.
Florida's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Florida, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Mount Rushmore: Internationally Famous
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 5.
The "Best of the Best" Winter State Parks
A selection of the best state parks in the United States to visit during the winter, as selected by the directors of the 50 state park agencies.
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. Page 2.
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.
Mount Rushmore: Washington Close-Up
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. 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?
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 5.
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.
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.
Top Three Coffee Table Books on National Parks
The three best coffee table books on the national parks as selected by your About.com Guide
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.
National Park FAQ
Everything you wanted to know about the National Park Service
Best Minnesota State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Minnesota state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. These include Wild River, Mille Lacs Kathio, and Gooseberry Falls state parks.
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.
Mount Rushmore: The View
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
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.
National Parks - A Brief History
president woodrow wilson national park history george catlin national wildlife refuge act forests: National Parks - A Brief History.
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.
Best Oregon State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Oregon state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. These include South Beach, Jessie M. Honeyman, and Bullards Beach state parks.
Best Arkansas State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Arkansas state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Arkansas State Parks Agency. These include Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Petit Jean State Park, and DeGray Lake Resort State Park.
Texas National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Texas, including a state map.
Illinois' Best State Parks
The best state parks in Illinois, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Best Georgia State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Georgia state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. These include Providence Canyon State Conservation Area, Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, and General Coffee State Park.
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.
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.
How to Obtain a National Park Entrance Passpo...
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport for a disabled person.
Best Wisconsin State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Wisconsin state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. These include Kettle Moraine State Forest, Blue Mound State Park, Interstate State Park, and Red Cedar State Trail.
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 3.
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.
Illinois' Best Winter State Parks
Information on the best Illinois state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. These include Mississippi Palisades, Starved Rock, and Rock Cut state parks.
Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park - An...
General park information for Shenandoah 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.
The Best State Parks to Visit in all 50 States
A selection of the best state parks in the United States. Page 2.
California National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in California.
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.
Arizona's Best Winter State Parks
Information on the best Arizona state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Arizona State Parks Agency. These include Lake Havasu, Alamo Lake, and Catalina state parks.
Best Virginia State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Virginia state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Virginia State Parks Division. These include Westmoreland, Hungry Mother, and Douthat state parks.
Georgia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Georgia.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Albuquerque, New Mexico to selected US National Parks.
North Carolina National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in North Carolina, including a state map.
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.
Movies filmed at national parks - alphabetical...
Movies Filmed on National Park Lands Have you ever been watching a movie and thought scenery was beautiful
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.
Ohio National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Ohio, including a state map.
Best Michigan State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Michigan state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. These include Albert E. Sleeper State Park and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
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.
One Day in Big Bend National Park, Texas
If you only have one day to visit Big Bend National Park, here are the must-see sites. Page 8.
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 3.
Pennsylvania National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Pennsylvania, including a state map.
Michigan National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Michigan, including a state map.
Oregon National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oregon, including a state map.
Minnesota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Minnesota, including a state map.
Best Massachusetts State Parks to Visit in the...
Information on the best Massachusetts state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Massachusetts Forest & Parks Division. These include Gardner Heritage State Park, Dunn Pond State Park, Great Brook Farm State Park, and Douglas State Forest.
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.
Best Indiana State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Indiana state parks to visit in the winter. These include Pokagon State Park and Brown County State Park.
Environmental Conservation Organizations (A-C)
An extensive list of environmental conservation organizations, including brief descriptions and links. This page includes organizations listed alphabetically from A-C.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State Park Volunteering
State by state list of State park volunteering, including student interships, campground hosting, environmental work, and other volunteer positions.
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.
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?
Oklahoma National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oklahoma, including a state map.
Glacier National Park
Visiting Glacier National Park in Montana, the first of a two-part story
Mammoth Cave National Park's 'Wild Cave Tour'...
Well, Mammoth Cave named its tour correctly. Other options may have included, "Wicked Awesome Cave Tour",
Oklahoma's Best Winter State Parks
Information on the best Oklahoma state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Oklahoma Parks Division. These include Beavers Bend Resort Park, Robbers Cave State Park, and Quartz Mountain Resort Park.
Illinois National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Illinois, 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
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.
New York National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New York, including a state map.
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.
State Park Jobs and Career Opportunities -...
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.
Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park - An...
General park information for Petrified Forest National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
National Park Camping
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.
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).
Driving Distances and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from major US cities to selected US National Parks.
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.
Best New York State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best New York state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the New York Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. These include Allegany, Letchworth, and Wellesley Island state parks.
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument was a filming location for the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
The American Orient Express
The American Orient Express: visiting America's National Parks by train in style & luxury
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.
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island - Visiting and Exploring the largest and southernmost of Georgia's Golden Isles.
Tennessee National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Tennessee, including a state map.
West Virginia's Most Scenic and Roads and Byways
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Bozeman,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Bozeman, Montana to selected US National Parks.
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.
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.
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.
Badlands National Park - An Overview
General park information for Badlands National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
New Jersey National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New Jersey, including a state map.
How to Obtain a National Park Entrance Pass
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Portland,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Portland, Oregon to selected US National Parks.
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.
Banff National Park - An Overview
General park information for Banff National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
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.
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 Atlanta,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Atlanta, Georgia 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.
Missouri National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Missouri, including a state map.
The Birthplace of a Nation - A Visit to...
Birthplace of a Nation "Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is
Pennsylvania's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Pennsylvania, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Alaska's Gates of the Arctic National Park - An...
General park information for Gates of the Arctic National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Wisconsin National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Wisconsin, including a state map.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Houston,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Houston, Texas to selected US National Parks.
Environmental Conservation Organizations -...
Environmental Conservation Organizations (O-Z) Environmental conservation organizations and agencies
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.
Arizona National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Arizona.
National Parks Edition of Monopoly
  Park Places without Boardwalks Imagine a world where wooden tents and ranger stations replace houses
Louisiana's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Louisiana, as selected by the director of its state park system.

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