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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.
U.S. National Parks by State
A clickable U.S. map with links to all 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Parks of the East
A listing of National Parks in the United States East.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Missouri State Parks to Visit in the Spring
Information on the best Missouri state parks to visit in the spring, including Montauk State Park, Prairie State Park, and Washington State Park.
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.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from San...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from San Francisco, California to selected US National Parks.
National Park FAQ
Everything you wanted to know about the National Park Service
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.
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.
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.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Phoenix,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Phoenix, Arizona 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.
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.
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.
Mount Rushmore Photos
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Florida National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Florida.
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.
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.
California National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in California.
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).
Florida's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Florida, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
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.
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.
Michigan National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Michigan, 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?
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
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
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?
National Parks - A Brief History
president woodrow wilson national park history george catlin national wildlife refuge act forests: National Parks - A Brief History.
Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park - An...
General park information for Shenandoah 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.
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.
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 5.
Mount Rushmore: Jefferson Close-Up
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 4.
Texas National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Texas, 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.
Missouri National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Missouri, including a state map.
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.
Oregon National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oregon, including a state map.
Ohio National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Ohio, 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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Albuquerque, New Mexico to selected US National Parks.
State Park Volunteering
State by state list of State park volunteering, including student interships, campground hosting, environmental work, and other volunteer positions.
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.
The American Orient Express
The American Orient Express: visiting America's National Parks by train in style & luxury
Badlands National Park - An Overview
General park information for Badlands 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.
Arizona National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Arizona.
Utah's Capitol Reef National Park - An Overview
General park information for Utah's Capitol Reef National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Alabama National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Alabama, 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.
Mount Rushmore: Washington Close-Up
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument was a filming location for the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
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.
Mount Rushmore: Internationally Famous
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 5.
Movies filmed at national parks - alphabetical...
Movies Filmed on National Park Lands Have you ever been watching a movie and thought scenery was beautiful
Illinois National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Illinois, including a state map.
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.
Oklahoma National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oklahoma, including a state map.
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.
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.
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.
North Carolina National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in North Carolina, 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.
Louisiana National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Louisiana, including a state map.
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.
Pennsylvania's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Pennsylvania, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
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
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.
Best Alabama State Parks to Visit in the Spring
Information on the best Alabama state parks to visit in the spring, including, DeSoto State Park, Joe Wheeler State Park, and Wind Creek State Park
Pets at National Parks
TRAVELING WITH PETS TO NATIONAL PARKS I receive a number of e-mail inquiries about the National Park
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.
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.
Best Washington State Parks to Visit in the...
Information on the best Washington state parks to visit in the spring, including, Beacon Rock State Park, Columbia Hills State Park, and Maryhill State Park.
Glacier National Park
Visiting Glacier National Park in Montana, the first of a two-part story
Indiana National Parks
Indiana National Parks George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Located on site of old Fort Sackville,
Tennessee National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Tennessee, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Parks of the Pacific Northwest
A listing of National Parks in the United States Pacific Northwest region.
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.
Banff National Park - An Overview
General park information for Banff 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. Page 2.
Midwest National Parks
National Parks - Midwest Region Select a state to display links to all of its National Parks: Illinois
Mount Rushmore: The View
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
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.
Pennsylvania National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Pennsylvania, including a state map.
New York National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New York, including a state map.
World Heritage Sites in the National Park System.
World Heritage SitesĀ  In 1972, the General Conference of UNESCO adopted an international agreement (signed
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.
The Best State Parks to Visit in all 50 States
A selection of the best state parks in the United States. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Best Louisiana State Parks to Visit in the Spring
Information on the best Louisiana state parks to visit in the spring, including, North Toledo Bend State Park, Saint Bernard State Park, and Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
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.
The Best State Parks to Visit in Arizona
The Best State Parks to Visit in Arizona, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
Oregon's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Oregon, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
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.
The Johnstown Flood: An American Tragedy
The Johnstown Flood, one of the worst disasters in American history.
Minnesota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Minnesota, including a state map.
Colorado National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Colorado.
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.
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.
Iowa National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Iowa, including a state map.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Portland,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Portland, Oregon to selected US National Parks.
Wisconsin National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Wisconsin, including a state map.
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island - Visiting and Exploring the largest and southernmost of Georgia's Golden Isles.
Driving Distances and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from major US cities to selected US National Parks.
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.
National Parks of the Rocky Mountains
A listing of National Parks in the United States Rocky Mountains.
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.
Georgia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Georgia.
West Virginia's Best State Parks
The best state parks in West Virginia, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Bozeman,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Bozeman, Montana to selected US National Parks.

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