The National Parks of the United States by State

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Olympic National Park in Washington state is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This is a list of United States National Parks by state. We’ve linked our stories to the parks we have visited. There are 61 U.S. National Parks, including two in American Samoa and the United States Virgin Islands.

The United States National Parks have been called America’s Best Idea. Ken Burns made a documentary by that name.

We can’t really argue with that. The only possible competitor is jazz music.

California has the most National Parks with nine; Alaska has eight National Parks. Utah has five; Colorado has four; Arizona, Florida, and Washington have three; Hawaii, Texas, Wyoming, and South Dakota have two. Several other states, including our home state of Minnesota, have one. Most states have none.

The United States National Parks were founded in 1872 with the establishment of Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also thought to be the first national park in the world.

The National Parks are administered by the National Park Serviceu. An annual pass to all U.S. National Parks costs $80. Lifetime senior passes are available for all U.S. citizens and permanent residents for $80. An annual senior pass is $20. U.S. Military members and dependents eligible for a free annual pass. For complete information on passes, click this link.

There are more than 400 sites in the United States that are also under the auspices of the National Park Service. Those include nation monuments, battlefields, historic sites, natural sites, and recreation areas. Here’s a list of all U.S. National Park Service administered sites.

The United States National Parks are also supported by the National Park Foundation, which lately has had its hands full fighting against budget cuts. You might consider a donation.

California National Parks, 9

Alaska National Parks, 8

  • Denali National Park and Preserve* (1917)
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park (1980)
  • Glacier Bay National Park* (1980)
  • Katmai National Park and Preserve (1980)
  • Kenai Fjords National Park (1980)
  • Kobuk Valley National Park (1980)
  • Lake Clark National Park (1980)
  • Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve* (1980)

Utah National Parks, 5

Colorado National Parks, 4

Arizona National Parks, 3

  • Grand Canyon National Park* (1919)
  • Petrified Forest National Park (1962)
  • Saguaro National Park (1994)

Florida National Parks, 3

  • Biscayne National Park (1980)
  • Dry Tortugas National Park (1992)
  • Everglades National Park (1934)

Washington National Parks, 3

Hawaii National Parks, 2

South Dakota National Parks, 2

Texas National Parks, 2

  • Big Bend National Park (1944)
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park (1966)

Wyoming National Parks, 2

Arkansas National Parks, 1

  • Hot Springs National Park (1921)

Kentucky National Parks, 1

  • Mammoth Cave National Park* (1941)

Maine National Parks, 1

  • Acadia National Park (1919)

Michigan National Parks, 1

  • Isle Royale National Park (1940)

Minnesota National Parks, 1

  • Voyageurs National Park (1971)

Missouri National Parks, 1

  • Gateway Arch National Park (2018)

Montana National Parks, 1

Nevada National Parks, 1

  • Great Basin National Park (1986)

New Mexico National Parks, 1

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park* (1930)

North Carolina National Parks, 1

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park* (Also in Tennessee) (1934)

North Dakota National Parks, 1

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park (1978)

Ohio National Parks, 1

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park (2000)

Oregon National Parks, 1

South Carolina National Parks, 1

  • Congaree National Park (2003)

Tennessee National Parks, 1

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park* (1934)

Virginia National Parks, 1

  • Shenandoah National Park (1935)

American Samoa National Parks, 1

  • National Park of American Samoa (1988)

United States Virgin Islands National Parks, 1

  • Virgin Islands National Park (1966)

Park names with an asterisk* are also Unesco World Heritage Sites in the United States.

Here is a story about our driving trip to several Western and West Coast National Parks in 2015. We haven’t visited any East Coast National Parks. We hope to remedy that, at least partially, in 2018. Also, we have never been to Alaska. In fact, that’s the only state that Kris and I have never been to. We also hope to get there in 2018, if ww have time. Trying to knock off the list of United States National Parks without getting out of the lower 48 is kind of silly, no?

Of course, the United States got it started, but there are plenty of other countries which now have national parks. We’ve visited a few of those, too.

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