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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.
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.
A Guide to State Park Entrance Passes in All 50...
How to obtain state park entrance passes and annual permits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Parks of the East
A listing of National Parks in the United States East.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 Park FAQ
Everything you wanted to know about the National Park Service
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 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.
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.
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 Passpo...
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport for a disabled person.
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.
Pennsylvania's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Pennsylvania, 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.
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.
One Day in Acadia National Park, Maine
If you only have one day to visit Acadia National Park, here are the must-see sites.
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.
Movies filmed at national parks - alphabetical...
Movies Filmed on National Park Lands Have you ever been watching a movie and thought scenery was beautiful
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from San...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from San Francisco, California to selected US National Parks.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Camping at State Parks
Here you'll find information on camping at state parks, including links to all state park agency camping information, phone and online reservation systems, campground availability, and more.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Phoenix,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Phoenix, Arizona to selected US National Parks.
Michigan National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Michigan, including a state map.
Tips for Avoiding the Summer Crowds at the Most...
Tips for Avoiding the Summer Crowds at the Most Visited National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, Yellowstone, and Yosemite
Utah's Zion National Park - An Overview
General park information for Zion National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
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 Yellowstone National Park - An Overview
General park information for Yellowstone 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!
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's Best State Parks
The best state parks in New Jersey, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
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!
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.
Michigan's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Michigan, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
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.
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 Denver,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Denver, Colorado to selected US National Parks.
California National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in California.
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.
Oregon's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Oregon, 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.
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?
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.
Pennsylvania National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Pennsylvania, including a state map.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Seattle,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Seattle, Washington to selected US National Parks.
Mount Rushmore Photos
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois' Best State Parks
The best state parks in Illinois, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Illinois National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Illinois, including a state map.
New York National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New York, including a state map.
Driving Distances and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Portland, Oregon to US National Parks
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.
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.
The American Orient Express
The American Orient Express: visiting America's National Parks by train in style & luxury
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.
Oregon National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oregon, including a state map.
Florida National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Florida.
The Best State Parks to Visit in all 50 States
A selection of the best state parks in the United States. 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.
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.
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.
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.
National Parks for Disabled Visitors
Before you plan your trip, check out these helpful tips and check out which parks offer the best places to stay and activities for the needs of disabled visitors.
Massachusetts' Best State Parks
The best state parks in Massachusetts, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Indiana's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Indiana, as selected by the director of its state park system.
National Parks by Name (A-C)
Links to official web sites of national parks and other units administered by the National Park Service. This page includes all the parks alphabetically from A-C.
Top Family-Friendly National Parks
National parks offer are a great alternative for family vacations: beautiful landscapes, fresh air, wildlife, recreational activities, education. They can also be much cheaper than ordinary vacations.
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.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Portland,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Portland, Oregon to selected US National Parks.
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island - Visiting and Exploring the largest and southernmost of Georgia's Golden Isles.
Texas National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Texas, including a state map.
Rhode Island's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Rhode Island, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Tennessee National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Tennessee, including a state map.
Minnesota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Minnesota, including a state map.
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.
Wisconsin National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Wisconsin, 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.
Georgia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Georgia.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ohio's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Ohio, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Iowa National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Iowa, 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.
Florida's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Florida, 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.
Midwest National Parks
National Parks - Midwest Region Select a state to display links to all of its National Parks: Illinois
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.
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.
Oklahoma's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Oklahoma, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Before You Go Camping, Check This List
Before you head out on your next camping adventure, make sure you have these essential items for a fun and safe experience.
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.
Maryland National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Maryland, 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.
Best New York State Parks to Visit in the Spring
Information on the best New York state parks to visit in the spring, including, Grafton Lakes State Park, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, and Fair Haven Beach State Park
Mammoth Cave National Park's 'Wild Cave Tour'...
Well, Mammoth Cave named its tour correctly. Other options may have included, "Wicked Awesome Cave Tour",
Indiana National Parks
Indiana National Parks George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Located on site of old Fort Sackville,
West Virginia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in West Virginia, including a state map.
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.
Avoiding the Popular Spots During Peak Hours
Tips for Avoiding the Summer Crowds at the Most Visited National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. Page 2.
Pets at National Parks
What are the rules and regulations on bringing your pets to the National Parks.
One Day in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
If you only have one day to visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park, here are the must-see sites.
Mount Rushmore: The View
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
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.
Missouri National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Missouri, including a state map.
Alabama National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Alabama, 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.
Assateague Island National Seashore
Travel information on Assateague Island National Seashore, a barrier island situated on the Maryland/Virginia border. Here you'll find including park description and information on park location, how to get there, operating hours, activities, facilities, and park history.
Colorado National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Colorado.
Kentucky's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Kentucky, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Massachuesetts National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Massachuesetts, including a state map.
Mount Rushmore
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 3.
National Parks of the Rocky Mountains
A listing of National Parks in the United States Rocky Mountains.
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.
New National Parks Entrance Pass
Frequently asked questions about the new National Parks Entrance Pass, including how to purchase it online, by phone, or by mail.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Atlanta,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Atlanta, Georgia to selected US National Parks.
California's Best State Parks
The best state parks in California, 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.
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.
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.
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.
South Dakota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in South Dakota, including a state map.

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