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List of the best national parks in the USA, ranked by travelers, hikers, campers, climbers, sightseers, and people like you. This list of the most beautiful US national parks includes federally protected lands like Yosemite National Park, Glacier National Park, Redwood National Park as well as a few monuments like Rocky Mountain National Park, and administrative units governed by the US National Park Service. From the swampland of the Everglades National Park to the dry dessert land of Death Valley National Park, this list truly shows the diverse nature of America's environment and climate. There is a U.S. national park for everyone. Those interested in camping may want to check out national parks in California, as they offer rugged coastline, waterfalls, and redwood trees. Whereas travelers interested in rock climbing can visit places like the Utah National Parks that offer red rock formations and geological features. 

The NPS maintains the unspoiled nature of US National Parks, ensuring that American holidays spent in the parks are the same for travelers now as they were fifty years ago.  Those planning USA holidays can spend a long period of time in one American national park or pick up a national park pass and visit several different campgrounds in parks. Vote for your favorite U.S. national parks here. Is it Yellowstone? Zion? Sequoia? Consider the best parks for camping and best national parks for spotting wildlife and vote for them to move them to the top of the list.
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5 people just voted on Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best National Parks in the USA
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The first national park in the world, Yellowstone is best known for the Old faithful geyser as well as some 60 mammal species that live in the park including the gray wolf, bison, elk, and grizzly bears.

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Located In: United States of America

Area (km sq.): 8983.0

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#6 on The Best Tourist Attractions in America

#9 on The Most Beautiful Natural Wonders In The World

#22 on The Best Cheap Travel Destinations

#16 on The Best Family Vacation Destinations

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Glacier National Park


Glacier National Park is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best National Parks in the USA
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The park contains 26 glaciers, 130 named lakes, and has some of the best sedimentary fossils in the world.

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Located In: Montana, USA

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#15 on The Best Tourist Attractions in America

#18 on The Most Beautiful Natural Wonders In The World

#2 on The Best U.S. Parks for Camping

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Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best National Parks in the USA
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Home of Half Dome and El Capitan, the California park rests in the middle of the glacier-formed Yosemite Valley and boasts the tallest waterfall in North America (Yosemite Falls).

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Located In: California, USA

Area (km sq.): 3081.0

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#7 on The Best Tourist Attractions in America

#7 on The Most Beautiful Natural Wonders In The World

#18 on The Best Cheap Travel Destinations

#28 on The Best Family Vacation Destinations

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Zion National Park


Zion National Park is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best National Parks in the USA
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Wilderness and adventure enthusiasts are drawn to Zion for its rock towers, natural arches, and high plateaus. 

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Located In: Utah, USA

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#80 on The Best Tourist Attractions in America

#36 on The Most Beautiful Natural Wonders In The World

#43 on The Best Family Vacation Destinations

#27 on Great Destinations for a Group Vacation

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Grand Teton National Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best National Parks in the USA
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Home to the Jackson Hole valley, the park is best known for its glacial, sage-covered valley.

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Located In: Wyoming, USA

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#18 on The Best Tourist Attractions in America

#1 on The Best U.S. Parks for Camping

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Grand Canyon National Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best National Parks in the USA
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The name says it all: Grand Canyon National Park is home to the 277 miles long canyon.

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Located In: Arizona, USA

Area (km sq.): 4926.0

Also Ranked

#12 on The Best Family Vacation Destinations

#39 on The Best Honeymoon Destinations in the US

#20 on Great Destinations for a Group Vacation

#2 on The Best Places to Ride a Hot Air Balloon

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Bryce Canyon National Park is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best National Parks in the USA
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The area in Utah, settled by American Indians and later Mormon pioneers, has a giant natural amphitheatre and hundreds of hoodoos.

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Located In: Utah, USA

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#34 on The Most Beautiful Natural Wonders In The World

#5 on The Best U.S. Parks for Camping

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Rocky Mountain National Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best National Parks in the USA
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Longs Peak and Bear Lake are among the popular spots to visit in Rocky Mountain National Park, which is also inhabited by cougars, black bears, and bighorn sheep.

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Located In: Rocky Mountains

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