From sea to shining sea, our national parks protect and preserve what’s best about our nation. With stunning natural beauty, amazing wildlife, inspiring history and lots of opportunities for fun and recreation, there’s no wonder why they’re often called “America’s best idea.” Generations of visitors have explored the parks and come away with a deep appreciation for these special places. Over the years, we’ve written about many of our national treasures. As you join us in celebrating National Park Week, please check out a few of our guides by clicking on the links below to better understand and appreciate your national parks.
The world’s first national park, Yellowstone is a fascinating wonderland of geysers, mountains, rivers, wildlife and forests sitting on a massive supervolcano.
Often called the Crown of the Continent, Glacier’s sweeping valley views and gorgeous alpine lakes make it one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
There’s something magical about Zion. The desert canyons, rock formations and cool river valleys feel like they were sculpted just for you.
Crater Lake is famous for its beautiful blue color, snowy winters, amazing volcanic history and unbelievable views.
The world’s best known wetland, the Everglades are home to an incredible variety of wildlife that live in the “sea of grass.”
President Theodore Roosevelt captured the spirit of the Grand Canyon when he said, “In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world.”
As the hottest, driest and lowest national park, Death Valley is a land of extremes, offering visitors a striking contrast of landscapes to explore -- from snow covered peaks to lush wildflower meadows to seemingly endless desert plains.
Olympic is a gem of the Pacific Northwest. With mountain ranges, rainforests, dramatic valleys and gorgeous sandy beaches, you’ll need more than one visit to see it all.
An underground limestone labyrinth, Mammoth Cave preserves the world's longest known cave system. Touring the cave is an adventurer’s dream, with tight spots, interesting creatures and ornate rock formations to discover.
Home to brown bears, Alaska Natives and America’s tallest mountain, Denali can be overwhelming.
With elevations from 7,860 feet to 14,259 feet, Rocky Mountain makes you feel like you are on top of the world.
Yosemite became a national park in 1890 and more than 125 years later, it’s still wowing visitors.
One of the best places to learn about the Civil Rights Movement is Dr. King’s home and church in Atlanta. Walking in his footsteps and connecting with him as a leader and a human being helps preserve his legacy and keep his dream alive.
There are over 400 National Park Service sites across the country, each with a story to tell. From the popular parks highlighted here to hidden gems you might not have heard of, there’s so much to discover. So hit the road and we’ll see you soon in your national parks!