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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Yellowstone National Park United States of America
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.
Yosemite National Park California, USA
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).
Zion National Park Utah, USA
Wilderness and adventure enthusiasts are drawn to Zion for its rock towers, natural arches, and high plateaus.
Grand Teton National Park Wyoming, USA
Home to the Jackson Hole valley, the park is best known for its glacial, sage-covered valley.
Glacier National Park Montana, USA
The park contains 26 glaciers, 130 named lakes, and has some of the best sedimentary fossils in the world.
Grand Canyon National Park Arizona, USA
The name says it all: Grand Canyon National Park is home to the 277 miles long canyon.
Bryce Canyon National Park Utah, USA
The area in Utah, settled by American Indians and later Mormon pioneers, has a giant natural amphitheatre and hundreds of hoodoos.
Arches National Park Utah, USA
The park is named for its most recognizable geologic formations, the great sandstone arches.
Mount Rainier National Park Washington, USA
Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is the big attraction of the park which is also home to the largest glacier in the US.
Rocky Mountain National Park Rocky Mountains
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.
Sequoia National Park California, USA
General Sherman, the world's largest tree, can be found in the Giant Forest found at Sequoia National Park in California. The park also has 240 caves and boasts the highest point in the continental US, Mount Whitney.
Olympic National Park Washington, USA
The park has a variety of attractions like tide pools and glaciated mountains and overlooks the wettest area of the continental US.
Aaron Hager added Canyonlands National Park Utah, USA
The Colorado and Green Rivers eroded the areas of Canyonlands into buttes, mesas, and canyons.
Aaron Hager added Redwood National and State Parks California, USA
Almost half of all surviving Coastal Redwoods can be found in this park.
Denali National Park and Preserve Alaska, USA
Mount McKinly, the tallest mountain in North America, can be found in Denali State Park.
Aaron Hager added North Cascades National Park Washington, USA
Hiking and climbing areas are the chief attractions of this park which also contains several glaciers.
Acadia National Park Maine, USA
Encompassing many coastal islands, the park is home to the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast.
Badlands National Park South Dakota, USA
Rich fossil beds, pinnacles, spires, and buttes define this park.
Kings Canyon National Park California, USA
The park is home to the second largest tree in the world, a giant sequoia called the General Grant Tree, and has several giant sequoia groves.
Crater Lake National Park Oregon, USA
The deepest lake in the US was formed by an eruption that created a lake of deep blue color and extreme water clarity.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Hawaii, USA
Located on the big island, the park has two of the world's most active volcanoes (Kilauea and Mauna Loa).
Aaron Hager added Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Alaska, USA
Originally completely covered in ice, the glaciers of the bay have receded 65 miles and are now home to grizzly bears, eagles, seals, and whales.
Death Valley National Park Western United States, USA
With daytime temperatures that can top 130 degrees Fahrenheit, it's no surprise that Death valley is the hottest, driest place in the US. The park also contains salt flats, springs, sand dunes, and badlands.
Capitol Reef National Park Utah, USA
The main attraction of the park is a 100 mile monocline that shows the Earth's geologic layers.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tennessee, USA
The Great Smoky Mountains Park has over 800 miles of hiking trails as well as myriad wildlife species and 80 historic structures.