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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.
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.
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.
U.S. National Parks by State
A clickable U.S. map with links to all U.S. 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Phoenix,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Phoenix, Arizona to selected US National Parks.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
How to Obtain a National Park Entrance Passpo...
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport for a disabled person.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Albuquerque, New Mexico 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.
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.
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 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.
National Park FAQ
Everything you wanted to know about the National Park Service
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
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.
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.
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 Denver,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Denver, Colorado to selected US National Parks.
Michigan National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Michigan, including a state map.
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 Distance and Drive Times from San...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from San Francisco, California to selected US National Parks.
Top National Parks to Visit in Summer
You can go to just about any national park and have a great time, but if you're looking for the places that offer a unique and exciting trip during the summer months, check out the these top national parks. Page 6.
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.
California National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in California.
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.
Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park - An...
General park information for Shenandoah National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Five Dog-Friendly National Parks
Dog-owners have to be a little more creative with their destinations. Check out these national parks for a dog-friendly vacation. Page 2.
Five Things to Do When Lost in the Wilderness
Technically “freaking out” maybe the first thing you do, but after the panic attack do you know what to do if you’re lost in the wilderness?
Mount Rushmore Photos
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
Movies filmed at national parks - alphabetical...
Movies Filmed on National Park Lands Have you ever been watching a movie and thought scenery was beautiful
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.
South Carolina's Congaree National Park - An...
General park information for Congaree National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Florida National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Florida.
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 Death Valley National Park - An...
General park information for Death Valley National Park, 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.
Oregon National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oregon, including a state map.
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.
Oklahoma National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oklahoma, including a state map.
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
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.
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.
Missouri National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Missouri, including a state map.
Illinois' Best State Parks
The best state parks in Illinois, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Ohio National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Ohio, including a state map.
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.
The Best State Parks to Visit in the Spring
A selection of the best state parks in the United States to visit during the spring, including all 50 states
State Park Volunteering
State by state list of State park volunteering, including student interships, campground hosting, environmental work, and other volunteer positions.
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.
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.
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.
Pennsylvania National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Pennsylvania, including a state map.
Badlands National Park - An Overview
General park information for Badlands 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.
Illinois National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Illinois, including a state map.
The American Orient Express
The American Orient Express: visiting America's National Parks by train in style & luxury
Driving Distances and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from major US cities to selected US National Parks.
Texas National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Texas, including a state map.
Pets at National Parks
TRAVELING WITH PETS TO NATIONAL PARKS I receive a number of e-mail inquiries about the National Park
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.
Alabama National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Alabama, including a state map.
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument was a filming location for the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
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.
Louisiana National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Louisiana, including a state map.
The Best State Parks to Visit in all 50 States
A selection of the best state parks in the United States. Page 2.
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.
Midwest National Parks
National Parks - Midwest Region Select a state to display links to all of its National Parks: Illinois
Best National Parks For Kids
Looking for a great vacation destination for the kids? Try the national parks! Parks offer numerous opportunities to hike, camp, hike, and explore wildlife.
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.
Louisiana's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Louisiana, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Utah National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Utah, including a state map.
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.
West Virginia's Best State Parks
The best state parks in West Virginia, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
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
Georgia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Georgia.
Mount Rushmore: Internationally Famous
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 5.
Indiana National Parks
Indiana National Parks George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Located on site of old Fort Sackville,
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Portland,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Portland, Oregon to selected US National Parks.
Best Tennessee State Parks to Visit in the Spring
Information on the best Tennessee state parks to visit in the spring, including, Meeman Shelby Forest State Park, Frozen Head State Park, and Norris Dam 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",
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island - Visiting and Exploring the largest and southernmost of Georgia's Golden Isles.
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.
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.
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.
Tennessee National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Tennessee, including a state map.
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.
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.
Minnesota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Minnesota, 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.
Kentucky's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Kentucky, as selected by the director of its state park system.
New York National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New York, including a state map.
New Jersey National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New Jersey, including a state map.
Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park - An Overview
General park information for Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Glacier National Park
Visiting Glacier National Park in Montana, the first of a two-part story
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.
National Junior Ranger Day
National Junior Ranger Day: Helping kids and families explore and learn about their national 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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Tucson,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Tucson, Arizona to selected US National Parks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Arizona National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Arizona.
North Carolina National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in North 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.
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.
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.
Wisconsin National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Wisconsin, including a state map.
Michigan's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Michigan, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Virginia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Virginia, including a state map.
Washington National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Washington, 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.
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 2.
Mount Rushmore: Jefferson Close-Up
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 4.
Oregon's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Oregon, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Best Indiana State Parks to Visit in the Spring
Information on the best Indiana state parks to visit in the spring, including Charlestown State Park, Monroe Lake, and Chain O'Lakes State Park.
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.
South Dakota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in South Dakota, including a state map.
Colorado National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Colorado.

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