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National & State Parks: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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 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.
A Guide to State Park Entrance Passes in All 50...
How to obtain state park entrance passes and annual permits.
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.
U.S. National Parks by State
A clickable U.S. map with links to all U.S. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 3.
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 of the East
A listing of National Parks in the United States East.
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.
How to Obtain a National Park Entrance Passpo...
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport for a disabled person.
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.
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 5.
Florida National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 Phoenix,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Phoenix, Arizona 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
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 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!
Pennsylvania's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Pennsylvania, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Mount Rushmore Photos
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
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 of the Best State Parks
A selection of the best state parks in all 50 states, as selected by the state park directors.
Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park - An...
General park information for Shenandoah 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.
Oregon National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oregon, 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.
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.
Q&A With Travel Expert Samantha Brown
Catching up with Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown to talk about her love of travel and work to preserve the parks.
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.
Georgia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Georgia.
New York National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New York, including a state map.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Albuquerque, New Mexico to selected US National Parks.
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.
Michigan National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Michigan, including a state map.
Illinois National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Illinois, 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 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 4.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Pennsylvania's Flight 93 National Memorial
General park information for Pennsylvania's Flight 93 National Memorial, 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.
Alabama National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Alabama, including a state map.
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.
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.
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.
Oklahoma National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oklahoma, including a state map.
Texas National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Texas, 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.
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.
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.
Indiana National Parks
Indiana National Parks George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Located on site of old Fort Sackville,
California National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in California.
Midwest National Parks
National Parks - Midwest Region Select a state to display links to all of its National Parks: Illinois
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.
Wisconsin National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Wisconsin, including a state map.
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.
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.
Tennessee National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Tennessee, including a state map.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Denver,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Denver, Colorado to selected US National Parks.
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument was a filming location for the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive is perhaps the most important feature of Shenandoah National Park as the only public road through the park.
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.
Washington National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Washington, including a state map.
Mount Rushmore
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
North Carolina National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in North Carolina, including a state map.
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.
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.
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.
Georgia's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Georgia, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Louisiana's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Louisiana, 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.
Banff National Park - An Overview
General park information for Banff 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.
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.
West Virginia's Best State Parks
The best state parks in West Virginia, 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.
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.
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.
Minnesota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Minnesota, including a state map.
South Carolina National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in South Carolina, including a state map.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Portland,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Portland, Oregon to selected US National Parks.
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.
Iowa National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Iowa, including a state map.
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.
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.
National Parks - A Brief History
president woodrow wilson national park history george catlin national wildlife refuge act forests: National Parks - A Brief History.
Pets at National Parks
TRAVELING WITH PETS TO NATIONAL PARKS I receive a number of e-mail inquiries about the National Park
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.
Volunteer at a National Park
Want to meet new people, explore nature, spend time outdoors, and all for a good cause? Look no further than one of the 58 national parks in the US.
New Jersey National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New Jersey, including a state map.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The American Orient Express
The American Orient Express: visiting America's National Parks by train in style & luxury
Mount Rushmore: Jefferson Close-Up
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 4.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Tucson,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Tucson, Arizona to selected US National Parks.
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.
National Scenic Roads and Highways in Utah
National Scenic Roads & Highways - Utah The Energy Loop: Huntington & Eccles Canyons Scenic Byways Deriving
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.
National Park of American Samoa - An Overview
General park information for National Park of American Samoa, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
New Jersey's Best State Parks
The best state parks in New Jersey, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Florida's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Florida, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Seattle,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Seattle, Washington to selected US National Parks.
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.
Kansas' Best State Parks
The best state parks in Kansas, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
The Best State Parks to Visit in all 50 States
A selection of the best state parks in the United States. Page 2.
National Parks of the Rocky Mountains
A listing of National Parks in the United States Rocky Mountains.
Movies - Q-Z
glen canyon nra yvette mimieux lily damita channel islands np death valley np: Movies filmed at national parks, Q-Z.
California's Best State Parks
The best state parks in California, 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.
Washington's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Washington, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Iowa's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Iowa, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Florida's Dry Tortugas National Park - An...
General park information for Dry Tortugas 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.
Louisiana National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Louisiana, including a state map.
Pennsylvania's Gettysburg National Military...
General park information for Pennsylvania's Gettysburg National Military Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Washington's North Cascades National Park - An...
General park information for National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Virginia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Virginia, including a state map.
National Battlefields in the National Park System
National BattlefieldsĀ  The general title of Battlefield includes national battlefield, as well as national
Connecticut National Parks
Information and links to the national parks in Connecticut.
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Learn about the history of the transcontinental railroad, which was completed here. Each year, the celebration of its completion is re-enacted on May 10th
West Virginia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in West Virginia, including a state map.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Bozeman,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Bozeman, Montana to selected US National Parks.
Kentucky's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Kentucky, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
Nebraska National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Nebraska, including a state map.

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