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National & State Parks: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
National Parks of the East
A listing of National Parks in the United States East.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Phoenix,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Phoenix, Arizona 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
National Park FAQ
Everything you wanted to know about the National Park Service
Driving Distance and Drive Times from San...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from San Francisco, California to selected US National 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.
Florida National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in 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.
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 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.
How to Obtain a National Park Entrance Passpo...
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport for a disabled person.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mount Rushmore Photos
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
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.
Oklahoma National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oklahoma, including a state map.
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.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
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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.
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 Best State Parks
The best state parks in Florida, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
Best Texas State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Texas state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by Texas Parks & Wildlife. These include Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Seminole Canyon State Historical Park, and Garner State Park.
Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park - An...
General park information for Shenandoah 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.
California National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in California.
Michigan National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Michigan, including a state map.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Denver,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Denver, Colorado 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.
Alabama National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Alabama, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Illinois, including a state map.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Tennessee National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Tennessee, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Midwest National Parks
National Parks - Midwest Region Select a state to display links to all of its National Parks: Illinois
The Best State Parks to Visit in all 50 States
A selection of the best state parks in the United States. Page 2.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Nashville, Tennessee to selected US National Parks.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Atlanta,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Atlanta, Georgia to selected US National Parks.
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.
Mount Rushmore: The View
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
Ohio National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Ohio, including a state map.
Illinois' Best State Parks
The best state parks in Illinois, as selected by the director of its state park system.
National Parks - A Brief History
president woodrow wilson national park history george catlin national wildlife refuge act forests: National Parks - A Brief History.
Mount Rushmore
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 3.
Alaska's Denali National Park & Preserve -...
General park information for Denali National Park & Preserve, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Oregon National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oregon, 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.
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.
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.
Oklahoma's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Oklahoma, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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!
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Tucson,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Tucson, Arizona to selected US National Parks.
Most Romantic Getaways in National Parks
While all of the parks offer different forms of beauty, a few stand out with the most potential for romance. These parks have it all: opportunities for serene hikes, places to swim and soak in the sun, amazing places to eat, and some of the most comfortable and cozy places to stay.
National Parks of the Pacific Northwest
A listing of National Parks in the United States Pacific Northwest region.
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
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.
New York National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New York, including a state map.
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.
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island - Visiting and Exploring the largest and southernmost of Georgia's Golden Isles.
Mount Rushmore: Jefferson Close-Up
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 4.
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 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.
Texas National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Texas, including a state map.
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 Georgia State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Georgia state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. These include Providence Canyon State Conservation Area, Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, and General Coffee State Park.
Wisconsin National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Wisconsin, 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?
Missouri National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Missouri, 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.
Best Pennsylvania State Parks to Visit in the...
Information on the best Pennsylvania state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. These include Black Moshannon, Laurel Ridge, and Promised Land state parks.
Louisiana's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Louisiana, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Bozeman,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Bozeman, Montana to selected US National Parks.
3 Can't-Miss State Parks in Georgia
Georgia's top three state parks claim mesmerizing waterfall, spectacular gorges, and multicolored canyons. Here's how to start exploring.
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.
Iowa National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Iowa, including a state map.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Portland,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Portland, Oregon to selected US National Parks.
Louisiana National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Louisiana, including a state map.
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.
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.
One Day in Acadia National Park, Maine
If you only have one day to visit Acadia National Park, here are the must-see sites.
Indiana National Parks
Indiana National Parks George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Located on site of old Fort Sackville,
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.
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.
Pets at National Parks
What are the rules and regulations on bringing your pets to the National Parks.
Kentucky's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Kentucky, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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
Mount Rushmore: Internationally Famous
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 5.
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.
Georgia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Georgia.
Mount Rushmore: Washington Close-Up
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments. Page 2.
Nevada's Great Basin National Park - An Overview
General park information for Nevada's Great Basin 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.
Top Tips for Beginner Bird Watching
So you want to get into bird watching. You like looking at birds, but not sure how to proceed. There are a few things that will help you get on your way to being a master in bird watching. From identification to calls, you may be surprised at just how much you learn as your hobby takes off.
State Travel and Tourism Offices in the United...
A list of state travel and tourism offices in the United States, including contact information. Also includes US Territories.
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 Indiana State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Indiana state parks to visit in the winter. These include Pokagon State Park and Brown County State Park.
Environmental Conservation Organizations (A-C)
An extensive list of environmental conservation organizations, including brief descriptions and links. This page includes organizations listed alphabetically from A-C.
National Junior Ranger Day
National Junior Ranger Day: Helping kids and families explore and learn about their national parks.
Best Arkansas State Parks to Visit in the Winter
Information on the best Arkansas state parks to visit in the winter, as selected by the Arkansas State Parks Agency. These include Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Petit Jean State Park, and DeGray Lake Resort State Park.
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.
State Park Jobs and Career Opportunities - New...
Learn about state park jobs and career opportunities at New Jersey State Parks through a series of interviews with park personnel, who explain requirements of park service jobs and offer career advice. This interview is with Mary Patricia Pfeil, State Park Police Officer at Worthington State Forest, New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.
Readers' Choice: Top National Parks
These parks stand out to our readers as the top national park of that region. These must-visits offer something for everyone. It is time to find out the top national parks of 2012 as chosen by readers.
Best 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
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Seattle,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Seattle, Washington to selected US National Parks.
National Parks Classification System
Links to all the national parks, arranged by type of park, including national parks, national historic sites, national monuments, and 16 other designations.
National Parks of the Rocky Mountains
A listing of National Parks in the United States Rocky Mountains.
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.
Minnesota National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Minnesota, including a state map.
South Carolina's Best State Parks
The best state parks in South Carolina, as selected by the director of its state park system.

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