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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.
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.
Driving Distance & Drive Times From Salt Lake...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Salt Lake City, Utah to selected National Parks.
Top 10 Items You Need When Backcountry Camping
If you aren't a seasoned outdoorsman, you may find it trickier than you thought to pack for a camping excursion. Before you load up on your favorite snacks, books, and pricey gear, check out the things you simply cannot leave out.
Get Out of LA with These Directions to Nearby...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Los Angeles, California to selected US National Parks.
State Park Entrance Passes
How to obtain state park entrance passes and annual permits.
Bear Safety Tips
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.
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.
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.
How to Find U.S. National Park Service Jobs
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.
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.
Tips for Avoiding the Summer Crowds at...
Tips for Avoiding the Summer Crowds at the Most Visited National Parks, including the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, Yellowstone, and Yosemite
Driving Distance and Drive Times from San...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from San Francisco, California to selected US National Parks.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Phoenix,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Phoenix, Arizona 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.
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! Page 5.
National Park Entrance Passport For a Disabled...
a simple how to on obtaining a national park entrance passport for a disabled person.
Oregon National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oregon, including a state map.
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.
Movies filmed at national parks - alphabetical...
Movies Filmed on National Park Lands Have you ever been watching a movie and thought scenery was beautiful
California's 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.
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.
Missouri National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Missouri, including a state map.
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.
Pennsylvania's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Pennsylvania, 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.
Illinois' Best State Parks
The best state parks in Illinois, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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?
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.
How to Obtain a National Park Entrance Passpo...
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport for a disabled person.
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.
Georgia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Georgia.
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
Illinois National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Illinois, including a state map.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pets at National Parks
TRAVELING WITH PETS TO NATIONAL PARKS I receive a number of e-mail inquiries about the National Park
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.
National Parks of the East
A listing of National Parks in the United States East.
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.
Michigan National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Michigan, including a state map.
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.
Working for the National Park Service
What is it like to work for the National Park Service? -- This is the first of a series of interviews with National Park Service personnel about their jobs.
Texas National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Texas, including a state map.
Pennsylvania National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Pennsylvania, including a state map.
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.
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.
Oklahoma National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Oklahoma, 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
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.
Georgia's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Georgia, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
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 National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in California.
Wisconsin National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Wisconsin, including a state map.
Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park - An...
General park information for Shenandoah National Park, including hours of operation, where to stay, and when to visit.
Ohio National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Ohio, including a state map.
West Virginia's Most Scenic and Roads and...
Information on the the most scenic roads in West Virginia, including Coal Heritage Trail, Highland Scenic Highway, Historic National Road, Midland Trail, Washington Heritage Trail, and Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike.
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.
Midwest National Parks
National Parks - Midwest Region Select a state to display links to all of its National Parks: Illinois
Florida State Park Jobs and Career Opportunitie...
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.
New Jersey's Best State Parks
The best state parks in New Jersey, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Portland,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Portland, Oregon to selected US National Parks.
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.
Florida's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Florida, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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?
Mount Rushmore Photos
View photos and learn about Mount Rushmore, one of the nation's most treasured national monuments.
All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways -...
Search by state for the most scenic routes in the United States, including All-American Roads and National Scenic Byways.
National Parks - A Brief History
president woodrow wilson national park history george catlin national wildlife refuge act forests: National Parks - A Brief History.
Oregon's Best State Parks
The best state parks in Oregon, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Mountain Lion Photo Gallery
A collection of Mountain lion photos, which is also known as cougar, puma, and florida panther.
North Carolina National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in North Carolina, including a state map.
California's Joshua Tree National Park
General park information for Joshua Tree 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Virginia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Virginia, including a state map.
Tennessee National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Tennessee, including a state map.
Connecticut National Parks
Information and links to the national parks in Connecticut.
Devils Tower National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument was a filming location for the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Indiana National Parks
Indiana National Parks George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Located on site of old Fort Sackville,
Massachuesetts National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Massachuesetts, 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.
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.
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.
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 Cuyahoga Valley National Park - An...
General park information for Cuyahoga Valley 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.
The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument, including its history and restoration
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.
April 22 Is Earth Day: What It Means
Happy Earth Day! Not sure what it means to you? Learn more about Earth Day and find activities in your area.
Florida National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Florida.
Alabama National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Alabama, 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.
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.
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.
How to Obtain a National Park Entrance Pass
A simple How to on obtaining a national park entrance passport.
Washington National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Washington, including a state map.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Seattle,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Seattle, Washington 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.
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.
The Johnstown Flood: An American Tragedy
The Johnstown Flood, one of the worst disasters in American history.
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.
Massachusetts' Best State Parks
The best state parks in Massachusetts, 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.
National Park Camping - How to Make Campground...
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.
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial & Gateway...
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial & Gateway Arch, including a park description and information on how to get there, activities, facilities, and park history.
Nebraska National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Nebraska, including a state map.
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, including a park description and information on how to get there, activities, facilities, and park history.
Louisiana National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Louisiana, including a state map.
California's Most Scenic and Roads and Byways -...
Information on the the most scenic roads in California, including the Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway, Big Sur Coast Highway, Death Valley Scenic Byway, Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway, San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway, Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road, and Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
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.
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.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Tucson,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Tucson, Arizona to selected US National Parks.
Kentucky State Park Jobs and Career Opportuniti...
Learn about state park jobs and career opportunities through a series of interviews with park personnel, who explain requirements of park service jobs and offer career advice. This interview is with David Goode, Park Ranger at Green River Lake State Park, Kentucky State Parks.
Driving Distance and Drive Times from Bozeman,...
Look up driving distances and approximate drive times from Bozeman, Montana to selected US National Parks.
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 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
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.
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.
South Carolina National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in South Carolina, including a state map.
New Hampshire National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in New Hampshire, including a state map.
Environmental Conservation Organizations -...
An extensive list of environmental conservation organizations, including brief descriptions and links. This page includes organizations listed alphabetically from A-C.
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.
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.
Maryland National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Maryland, including a state map.
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.
Banff National Park - An Overview
General park information for Banff 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.
California's Best State Parks
The best state parks in California, as selected by the director of its state park system.
Indiana State Park Jobs and Career Opportunitie...
Read interviews with state park personnel in Indiana who provide first-hand information on what it is like to work for a state park system as a ranger, manager, wildlife biologist, and many other positions. You'll learn about the type of training that is required, what experiences are helpful, what a typical day is like, what educational background is required, and some suggestions how to get involved in working for the park service.
West Virginia National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in West Virginia, including a state map.
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.
Kansas National Parks
Information and links to all the national parks in Kansas, including a state map.
State Park Volunteering
State by state list of State park volunteering, including student interships, campground hosting, environmental work, and other volunteer positions.
West Virginia's Best State Parks
The best state parks in West Virginia, as selected by the director of its state park system.
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.
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.
Golden Spike National Historic Site
The History of the Transcontinental Railroad, including information on visiting the Golden Spike National Historic Site
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.

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