The United States has 62 protected areas known as national parks. They are operated by the National Park Service.
The national parks have much to offer in the way of outdoor activities, and sheer natural beauty.
Click through on each of the parks listed below for full details of what each national park has to offer.
You will find everything from campground information to maps, directions, stunning images and more. Everything you need to pack your tent and come for a visit!
Directions From Boston take I-95 north to Augusta, Maine, then Route 3 east to Ellsworth, and on to Mount Desert Island. For an alternate route, continue on I-95 north to Bangor, Maine, then take Route 1A east to Ellsworth. In Ellsworth, take Route 3 to Mount Desert Island. Phone (207)
Directions Arches National Park is located in southeast Utah, five miles north of Moab on US 191. From Moab, Utah, drive five miles north on Main Street/US 191. Turn right at the stoplight. From Interstate 70, take exit 182 (Crescent Junction), then drive south 28 miles on US 191. Turn
Directions Badlands National Park is located 75 miles east of Rapid City, South Dakota. Physical Addresses for GPS* Park Headquarters: 25216 Ben Reifel Road, Interior, SD 57750. Northeast Entrance (I-90, Exit 131): 21020 SD Hwy 240, Interior, SD 57750. Pinnacles Entrance (I-90, Exit 110): 24240 Hwy 240, Wall, SD 57790.
Directions Several highways lead to Big Bend National Park: TX 118 from Alpine to Study Butte or FM 170 from Presidio to Study Butte (then 26 miles east to park headquarters) or US 90 or US 385 to Marathon (then 70 miles south to park headquarters). Distances between towns and
Directions The Dante Fascell Visitor Center may be reached from the Florida Turnpike by taking Exit 6 (Speedway Boulevard). Turn left from exit ramp and continue south to SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive). Turn left on 328th Street and continue for four miles to the end of the road.
Directions 7 miles north on CO Highway 347 from the intersection with U.S. Highway 50 east of Montrose Phone (970) 641-2337 Activities AUTO TOURING, CLIMBING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING Campground Reservations Colorado Campgrounds | Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP South Rim Campground Hiking Trails Colorado
Directions From the North: Take I-15 south to UT-20 (exit 95). Travel east on UT-20 to US-89. Follow US-89 south to UT-12. Travel east on UT-12 to UT-63. Take UT-63 south to Bryce Canyon National Park. From the South through Zion National Park: Take I-15 north to UT-9 (exit 16).
Directions Canyonlands National Park is cut into three districts by the Green and Colorado rivers. Island in the Sky district, in the north of the park, is the closest district to Moab, UT. In about 40 minutes, you can reach Island in the Sky via UT 313. The Needles district
Directions From I-70: Take exit 149, then take UT-24 west toward Hanksville; continue for 43.8 miles (70.5 km). Turn right to continue on UT-24 west and continue for 37.3 miles (60 km). From I-15: take exit 188 then US-50 east toward Scipio. Left on UT-50; continuing 0.7 miles (1.1 km).
Directions To access the park’s only entrance road, New Mexico Highway 7, turn north from US Hwy 62/180 at White’s City, NM, which is 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Carlsbad, NM and 145 miles (233 km) northeast of El Paso, TX. The entrance road stretches a scenic seven miles
Directions While the mainland visitor center in Ventura is readily accessible by car or public transportation, the islands are only accessible by park concessionaire boats and planes or private boat. Advanced planning is highly recommended. Phone (805) 658-5730 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING, SWIMMING, DIVING, SNORKELING
Directions From Interstate 77, Exit 5 At Exit 5 turn onto SC Hwy 48 East/Bluff Road. Following the brown and white “Congaree National Park” directional signs, travel approximately 8 miles on and then take a slight right onto Old Bluff Road. Follow Old Bluff Road for 4.5 miles to the
Directions Much of the year, the park’s North Entrance is closed to cars. The North Entrance Road closes for the season on November 1 (or earlier if there is significant snowfall) and tends to open in early June. The park™s South Entrance is open year round. Winter travelers from Roseburg
Directions Plane Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Akron-Canton Regional Airport offer many daily flights to the area. Car rentals are available at both airports. Bus & Train Bus stations are located in downtown Cleveland and Akron. The Amtrak station is in downtown Cleveland. Car The park is easily accessible by
Directions The main road transecting Death Valley National Park from east to west is California Highway 190. On the east in Nevada, U.S. Route 95 parallels the park from north to south with connecting highways at Scotty’s Junction (State Route 267), Beatty (State Route 374), and Lathrop Wells (State Route
Directions You can drive to Denali from Anchorage or Fairbanks, along Highway 3, which is known as the “George Parks Highway.” Fairbanks is about 2 hours north, while Anchorage is 5 hours south of the Denali entrance. You can also reach Denali from either city via the Alaska Railroad, which
Directions Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most remote parks in the National Park System. Located approximately 70 miles west of Key West it is accessible only by a daily concession ferry, private boats, charter boats, or seaplane. Phone (305) 242-7700 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING,
Directions Directions to Ernest Coe Visitor Center 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034 Visitors coming from the Miami area and points north should take the Florida Turnpike (Route 821) south until it ends merging with U.S. 1 at Florida City. Turn right at the first traffic light onto Palm
Directions Gates of the Arctic is a wilderness park, with no roads or trails into the park lands, so visitors must fly or hike into the park. Access begins in Fairbanks, Alaska & there are several small airlines that provide daily flights into the communities of Bettles and Anaktuvuk Pass,
Directions For directions click on the provided link Phone (314) 655-1600 Campground Reservations Missouri Campgrounds Hiking Trails Missouri Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Missouri Recreation Areas | Gateway Arch National Park Official Website | Gateway Arch National Park Map The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis’ role in the Westward Expansion
Directions Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve lies west of Juneau, Alaska, and can only be reached by plane or boat. The only road in the area merely connects the small town of Gustavus and its airfield to park headquarters at Bartlett Cove (10 miles). Alaska Airlines provides daily jet
Directions Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. By Car you can access Glacier via Highway 2, which runs along the southern boundary of the park. You can reach the east side of the park via Highway 89. The
Directions South Rim: Open all year, is located 60 miles north of Williams, Arizona (via route 64 from Interstate 40) and 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff (via route 180). Grand Canyon lies entirely within the state of Arizona. North Rim: Now closed for the winter – opens May 15, 2020,
Directions Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming north of the town of Jackson, Wyoming and south of Yellowstone National Park. Phone (307) 739-3399 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, CLIMBING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, HUNTING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING, HORSE CAMPING Campground
Directions From the East or West: From U.S. Highway 6 & 50, turn south on Nevada State Highway 487 and travel 5 miles to Baker, NV. In Baker turn west on Highway 488 and travel 5 miles to the park. From the South (Utah): Travel north on Utah State Highway
Directions To access the main park area, including the Dunes Parking Lot, Visitor Center, and Pinyon Flats Campground, take US 160 to CO 150 from the south, or CO 17 to Lane 6 to CO 150 from the west. The national park is at the north end of CO 150.
Directions Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the borders of the states of Tennessee and North Carolina. The three main entrances to the park are in the Gatlinburg, TN; Townsend, TN; and Cherokee, NC. Phone (865) 436-1200 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING,
Directions Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located on the north side of US Hwy 62/180. If you are traveling east from El Paso, TX, we are 110 miles East of the city. Follow US Hwy 62/180 North to the Pine Springs Visitor Center. If you are traveling from Van Horn,
Directions Located on the island of Maui, HaleakalÄ National Park extends from the 10,023 foot (3055m) summit of HaleakalÄ down the southeast flank of the mountain to the KÄ«pahulu coast near Hana. These two sections of the park are not directly connected by road, but both can be reached from
Directions Hawai˜i Volcanoes National Park is located on the island of Hawai˜i. From Hilo: 30 miles southwest on Highway 11 (a 45 minute drive); from Kailua-Kona: 96 miles southeast on Highway 11 (2 to 2 1/2 hour drive), or 125 miles through Waimea and Hilo via highways 19 and 11
Directions Hot Springs National Park is a 5,500 acre park in the city of Hot Springs. Bathhouse Row, a quarter mile long collection of eight bathhouses along the east side of Central Avenue, is the most visited area within the national park. The Fordyce Bathhouse operates as a visitor center
Directions Visitors can access the national park via Interstate 94, the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/90), U.S. Highway 12, U.S. Highway 20, Indiana State Road 49, and various other local roads. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located on Indiana State Road 49, between U.S. Highway 20 and Interstate 94
Directions Isle Royale National Park headquarters is located in Houghton, MI. Visit the Houghton page on the Isle Royale National Park website for additional information and a map on how to access the visitor center. Phone (906) 482-0984 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING,
Directions From I-10, take exit 117 for CA Hwy 62 toward 29 Palms/Yucca Valley. This will allow you to access the West Entrance, the North Entrance, Black Rock, and Indian Cove. Take exit 168 off I-10 to come in at the park’s South Entrance. Phone (760) 367-5500 Activities AUTO TOURING,
Directions Katmai National Park & Preserve is located on the northern Alaska Peninsula, northwest of Kodiak Island and southwest of Homer, Alaska. The park™s headquarters is in King Salmon, about 290 air miles southwest of Anchorage. Unlike most national parks in the United States, Katmai is almost exclusively accessed by
Directions Kenai Fjords National Park is located just outside the town of Seward in south-central Alaska, 126 miles south of Anchorage. Even though the park is often inaccessible during the winter months, Seward is accessible year-round via the Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway. Follow the Seward Highway (AK-1) south
Directions Kobuk Valley National Park is very remote. There are no roads to provide access, so planes take care of most transportation needs. Commercial airlines provide service from Anchorage to Kotzebue, or from Fairbanks to Bettles. Once in Kotzebue or Bettles, you must fly to the park with authorized air
Directions Lake Clark is located on the Alaska Peninsula southwest of Anchorage and north of Katmai National Park. It is not on the road system; therefore, in order to get here you must travel either via plane or by boat. A one to two-hour flight from Anchorage, Kenai, or Homer
Directions From Interstate 5 (Redding), take Hwy 44 – 48 miles east to the junction of Hwy 89. Follow Hwy 89 south 1 mile to the north entrance of the park. From Interstate 5 (Red Bluff) take Hwy 36 E – 51 miles east to the junction of Hwy 89.
Directions DO NOT FOLLOW YOUR GPS! From the North: Take Interstate 65 to Exit 53 (Cave City Exit). Turn right onto KY-70. Follow 70/255 as it becomes the Mammoth Cave Parkway in the park. Follow the Mammoth Cave Parkway to the Visitor Center. From the South: Take Interstate 65 to
Directions Mesa Verde National Park is in Southwestern Colorado. The park entrance is along Highway 160, between the towns of of Cortez and Mancos, Colorado. (10 miles east of Cortez; 9 miles west of Mancos; and about 35 miles west of Durango, Colorado.) Once you enter the park, the first
Directions Mount Rainier National Park is located in west-central Washington state. Several major cities in Washington- Seattle, Tacoma, and Yakima- and Portland, Oregon, are within 200 miles of the park. For GPS to Nisqually Entrance use: 39000 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304. Phone (360) 569-2211 Activities BIKING, CLIMBING,
Directions The visitor center is located in the village of Pago Pago, across from the Pago Way Service Station. The national park is located in the villages of Vatia, Pago Pago, Fagasa, Afono (on Tutuila Island), Fitiuta, Faleasao (on Ta’u Island), and Ofu Island Phone (684) 633-7082 Campground Reservations NULL
Directions See the websites for each of the ten national parks in New York Harbor for directions. To get to our offices at Federal Hall National Memorial: the main entrance of Federal Hall is located at 26 Wall Street, near the corner of Wall Street and Nassau Street. The rear
Directions Access to North Cascades National Park and Ross Lake National Recreation Area is from the State Route 20 corridor. SR 20 (North Cascades Highway) connects with Interstate 5 (Exit 230) at Burlington. From the east, the highway intersects with US 97 at Okanogan and with SR 153 at Twisp.
Directions You can reach Olympic National Park via the I-5 corridor or by any one of the quieter state roadways. Once you arrive on the Olympic Peninsula connect to Hwy 101 to reach any destinations in and around Olympic National Park. From Olympia: take I-5 to Hwy 101 From Tacoma:
Directions Usually you can drive through the park to connect I-40 with Hwy 180. There is a Federal Highways Administration Road and Bridge Rehabilitation Project right now that creates a closure at the middle of the park road. Estimated Project Time: January 2nd through May 9th, 2020. For more information
Directions Pinnacles National Park is accessible through highway 101 for the West entrance, and highway 25 for the East entrance. From highway 101 you must pass through the City of Soledad to find highway 146 which will lead to West side of Pinnacles. To enter East Pinnacles you must find
Directions Driving from the east: from I-25, take US Hwy 34 or 36. Driving from the west: from I-70, take US Hwy 40 to Granby to US Hwy 34 to Grand Lake. From mid-October until late May, Trail Ridge Road between Estes Park and Grand Lake is closed to vehicles,
Directions The park is located on Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada. The customs station is located at the southern end of the island. Car is the best way to travel to the park; there is no public transportation available. From Boston take I-95 north to Bangor, Maine. Take Route
Directions Saguaro National Park has two districts separated by the city of Tucson. We do not recommend using mobile mapping applications to search for either district. Instead, please click the link to the directions page, determine which district you plan to visit, and enter that physical address into the mobile
Directions Two highways enter the parks. Hwy 180 from Fresno leads east to Kings Canyon National Park, then continues 30 miles east to Cedar Grove. Hwy 198 from Visalia leads east to Sequoia National Park via Three Rivers. Inside the parks, Highway 198 becomes the Generals Highway, which connects 198
Directions Shenandoah National Park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, west of Washington, D.C. It stretches 105 miles and has four entrances: Front Royal (northern entrance), Thornton Gap, Swift Run Gap, and Rockfish Gap (southern entrance to Shenandoah and the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway).
Directions Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in the Badlands of western North Dakota. There are three units to the park. The South Unit entrance is in the town of Medora, ND off of Interstate 94 exits 24 and 27. The North Unit entrance is on Highway 85 approximately 14
Directions Voyageurs National Park is located in Northern Minnesota. The park shares its northern boundary with Canada and lies just west of the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness. The park visitor centers are accessible by car but in order to truly experience the park, one must leave their vehicle behind
Directions White Sands National Park is located off of US Highway 70 between the cities of Las Cruces and Alamogordo. The monument is about 15 miles west of Alamogordo and 52 miles east of Las Cruces. Phone (575) 479-6124 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, CAMPING, HIKING, PICNICKING Campground Reservations New Mexico
Directions Wind Cave National Park is located in South Dakota about 11 miles north of Hot Springs, or about 22 miles south of Custer, on US Highway 385. The park Visitor Center, where all cave tours begin, is approximately 1/2 mile west of the highway. Phone (605) 745-4600 Activities AUTO
Directions Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is located in Vienna, Virginia. The park can be accessed by traveling from Route 7, the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267), Beulah Road or Old Courthouse Road. For more detailed information visit the park’s directions page. Phone (703) 255-1800 Activities HISTORIC
Directions The administrative building and main park visitor center are located along the Richardson Highway (Hwy 4), which is a paved state highway that runs through Copper Center, AK. The buildings are 8 miles south of the Glenn Highway and Richardson Highway intersection near Glennallen, Alaska. This is approximately 200
Directions Yellowstone National Park covers nearly 3,500 square miles in the northwest corner of Wyoming (3% of the park is in Montana and 1% is in Idaho). Yellowstone has five entrance stations, and several are closed to regular vehicles during winter. It takes many hours to drive between these entrances,
Directions You can drive to Yosemite all year and enter via Highways 41, 140, and 120 from the west. Tioga Pass Entrance (via Highway 120 from the east) is closed from around November through late May or June. Hetch Hetchy is open all year but may close intermittently due to
Directions Zion National Park is located on State Route 9 in Springdale, Utah. Phone (435) 772-3256 Activities BIKING, CLIMBING, CAMPING, HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Campground Reservations Utah Campgrounds | WATCHMAN CAMPGROUND | SOUTH CAMPGROUND (UT) Hiking Trails Utah Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Utah Recreation Areas | Zion National Park Official