800 American Parks; a State by State List

Cascade Mountain - AdirondacksAs many kinds of parks as there are, there is one thing they all have in common. Parks are the best of us: green spaces that give respite, monuments to exceptional accomplishments, sites that tell the story of our people, home to the arts and cultural events, and precious–often fragile–environmental resources preserved for future generations. Here is a list of nearly 800 major parks and trails in the United States, sorted by state, accompanied by inspirational guides to fuel your next adventure.

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ALABAMA

Alabama Park List

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park 
Little River Canyon National Preserve 
Russell Cave National Monument 
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site 
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site 
Natchez Trace Parkway 
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail 
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail 
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail 

Alabama State Parks

DeSoto 
Cheaha 
Gulf 
Joe Wheeler 

ALASKA

Alaska Park List

Alagnak Wild River 
Aleutian World War II National Historic Area 
Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve 
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve 
Cape Krusenstern National Monument and Archeological District 
Denali National Park 
Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve 
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve 
Katmai National Park & Preserve 
Kenai Fjords National Park 
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park 
Kobuk Valley National Park 
Lake Clark National Park & Preserve 
Noatak National Preserve 
Sitka National Historical Park 
Wrangell – St. Elias National Park 
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve 

Alaska State Parks

Chugach 
Denali 
Wood-Tikchik 
Totem Bight 

AMERICAN SAMOA

American Samoa Park List

 National Park of American Samoa 

 

Arch and cliffs at Canyon de Chelly National Monument - Arizona

Canyon de Chelly National Monument – near Chinle, AZ

ARIZONA

Arizona Park List

Canyon de Chelly National Monument 
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument 
Chiricahua National Monument 
Coronado National Memorial 
Fort Bowie National Historic Site 
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area 
Grand Canyon National Park 
Havasu Falls 
Hohokam Pima National Monument 
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site 
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail 
Lake Mead National Recreation Area 
Montezuma Castle National Monument 
Navajo National Monument 
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 
Petrified Forest National Park 
Pipe Spring National Monument 
Saguaro National Park 
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument 
Tonto National Monument 
Tumacácori National Historical Park 
Tuzigoot National Monument 
Walnut Canyon National Monument 
Wupatki National Monument 

 

A breathtaking sunset over open roadside land in Arizona.

Breathtaking sunset over open roadside land in Arizona.

 

Arizona State Parks

Slide Rock 
Red Rock 
Tonto Natural Bridge 
Kartchner Caverns 

 

Quapaw Baths - Hot Springs National Park - Hot Springs, AR

Quapaw Baths – Hot Springs National Park – Hot Springs, AR

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Park List

Arkansas Post National Memorial 
Buffalo National River 
Fort Smith National Historic Site 
Hot Springs National Park 
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site 
Pea Ridge National Military Park 
President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace National Historic Site 

Arkansas State Parks

Petit Jean 
Devil’s Den 
Village Creek 
Crater of Diamonds 
Lake Chicot 
Racing the wind at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

Race the wind at Joshua Tree National Park, California.

CALIFORNIA

California Park List

AIDS Memorial Grove National Memorial 
Alcatraz Island 
Cabrillo National Monument 
California National Historic Trail 
Channel Islands National Park 
Death Valley National Park 
Devils Postpile National Monument 
Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site 
Fort Point National Historic Site 
Golden Gate National Recreation Area 
John Muir National Historic Site 
Joshua Tree National Park 
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail 
Kings Canyon National Park 
Lassen Volcanic National Park 
Lava Beds National Monument 
Manzanar National Historic Site 
Mojave National Preserve 
Muir Woods National Monument 
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 
Pinnacles National Monument 
Point Reyes National Seashore 
Pony Express National Historic Trail 
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Monument 
Presidio of San Francisco 
Redwood National Park 
Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park 
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park 
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area 
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks 
Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area 
Yosemite National Park 

 

Yoga photo shots at Torrey Pines Pines State Naturals Reserve

Yoga handstand overlooking Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, in San Diego County, CA.

California State Parks

Anza-Borrego Desert 
Humboldt Redwoods 
Ahjumawi Lava Springs 
Mount Tamalpais 
Pfeiffer Big Sur 
Ano Nuevo 
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve 

 

Young girls runs to lookout at Alpine Visitor Center, the highest facility of its kind, in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Lookout at Alpine Visitor Center, the highest facility of its kind, in Rocky Mountain National Park, CO.

COLORADO

Colorado Parks List

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site 
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park 
Colorado National Monument 
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 
Curecanti National Recreation Area 
Dinosaur National Monument 
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument 
Garden of the Gods National Natural Landmark 
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve 
Hovenweep National Monument 
Mesa Verde National ParkLessons Learned at Mesa Verde National Park
Pony Express National Historic Trail 
Rocky Mountain National Park 
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site 
Sante Fe National Historic Trail 
Yucca House National Monument 

 

Girl biking on Dirt Jump Facility at Frisco Adventure Park in Frisco, CO.

Ride the bumps on the Dirt Jump Facility at Frisco Adventure Park in Frisco, CO.

Colorado State Parks and Other Fun Recreational Areas

Frisco Adventure Park 
Mueller 
Roxborough 
Golden Gate Canyon 
Eldorado Canyon 
Lory 

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Parks List

 Appalachian National Scenic Tral 
Farmington River 
Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor 
Weir Farm National Historic Site Ridgefield CT

Connecticut State Parks

Bluff Point 
Dinosaur 
Hammonasset Beach State ParkStony Creek CT and the Thimble Islands; a Favorite of Presidents, Tom Thumb and Ayn Rand
Housatonic Meadows 
Dinosaur 
Silver SandsMilford CT: Boating, Beaches, Birds, and a Quick Island Hike
Sherwood Island State Park 
Sleeping Giant 
Talcott Mountain 

DELAWARE

Delaware Parks List

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 
First State National Monument 

 

Children playing volleyball, and turning cartwheels, on Dewey Beach near Delaware Seashore State Park.

Children playing volleyball, and turning cartwheels, on Dewey Beach near Delaware Seashore State Park.

 

Delaware State Parks

Cape HenlopenLewes DE 
Delaware Seashore State ParkRehoboth Beach DE: DC Tourist Town Turns Culinary Destination 
Trap PondSeaford–Lauren DE
Fort Delaware 
White Clay Creek 

 

Bridge into history at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the continental US. St. Augustine, Florida

Bridge into history at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the oldest masonry fort in the continental US. St. Augustine, FL

FLORIDA

Florida Parks List

Big Cypress National Preserve 
Biscayne National Park 
Canaveral National Seashore 
Castillo de San Marcos National MonumentExperience the Thrills and Chills of Florida’s Historic Coast
De Soto National Memorial 
Dry Tortugas National Park 
Everglades National Park 
Florida National Scenic Trail 
Fort Caroline National Memorial 
Fort Matanzas National Monument 
Gulf Islands National Seashore 
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve 
Wekiva River 

 

Tubing in the clear waters of Rock Springs Run of the Wekiva River, Florida.

Tubing in the clear waters of Rock Springs Run of the Wekiva River, Florida.

 

Florida State Parks

Amelia Island State Park 
Bahia Honda State Park 
Blue Spring State Park 
Crystal River Archeological State Park 
John Pennekamp Coral Reef 
Myakka River 
Rock Springs Run 
Wekiva Springs 
Paynes Prairie 
St. Joseph Peninsula 

 

Rocking chairs on front porch at Sapelo Island Visitors Center, Georgia.

Subtle invitation to appreciate nature from rocking chair perspective at Sapelo Island Visitors Center, GA.

GEORGIA

Georgia Parks List

Augusta Canal National Heritage Area 
Andersonville National Historic Site 
Appalachian National Scenic Trail 
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area 
Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park 
Cumberland Island National Seashore 
Fort Frederica National Monument 
Fort Pulaski National MonumentSavannah In a Day
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site 
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park 
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site 
Ocmulgee National Monument 
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail 
Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research ReserveSapelo Island and Darien–Scenic Route to Florida, Day 3
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail 

Georgia State Parks

 Stephen C. Foster 
 Tallulah Gorge 
 Fort Mountain 
 Cloudland Canyon 
 Providence Canyon 

GUAM

Guam Parks List

American Memorial Park 
War in the Pacific National Historical Park 

HAWAII

Hawaii Parks List

Haleakala National Park 
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 
Kalaupapa National Historical Park 
Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park 
Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park 
Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site 
USS Arizona WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument 

Hawaii State Parks

N Pali Coast 
Waimea Canyon and Kokee 
Kealakekua Bay 
Iao Valley 
Iolani Palace 

 

The Dog of Discovery, a tribute to Seaman, Captain Meriwether Lewis' dog, "the greatest traveler of his species, who accompanied Lewis & Clark from the Pacific Ocean to the interior of the North American continent.

The Dog of Discovery, a tribute to Seaman, Captain Meriwether Lewis’ dog, “the greatest traveler of his species, who accompanied Lewis & Clark from the Pacific Ocean to the interior of the North American continent.

IDAHO

Idaho Parks List

City of Rocks National Reserve 
Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve 
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument 
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail 
Minidoka National Historic Site 
Nez Perce National Historical Park 
Sawtooth National Recreation Area 
Yellowstone National Park 

 

Girl soaks in Sunbeam Hot Springs iSawtooth National Recreation Area in Idaho.

Soak in the warmth and health benefits of mineral-rich hot springs in Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

Idaho State Parks

Bear Lake 
Ponderosa 
Harriman 
Bruneau Dunes 
Old Mission 
Heyburn 

 ILLINOIS

 

Illinois Parks List

Chicago Portage National Historic Site 
Lincoln Home National Historic Site 
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail 
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail 
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail 
Chicago Blues Festival

The annual Chicago Blues Festival is held in June at Grant Park.

Illinois State Parks

Giant City 
Fort Massac 
Starved Rock 
Mississippi Palisades 
Ferne Clyffe 

 

INDIANA

Indiana Parks List

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park 
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial 

Indiana State Parks

Brown County 
Spring Mill 
Falls of the Ohio 
Indiana Dunes 

IOWA

Iowa Parks List

California National Historic Trail 
Effigy Mounds National Monument 
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site 
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail 
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail 

 

Woman running past Dutch Windmill on the Great River Trail along the Mississippi River.

Run past a 100 ft tall Dutch Windmill in Fulton, IA on the Great River Trail along the Mississippi River.

Iowa State Parks and Other Major Recreational Areas

Backbone 
Great River Trail 
Ledges 
Maquoketa Caves 
Stone 

 

Monument Rocks - Kansas

Still rich in undiscovered fossils, Kansas’ Monument Rocks coughed up the infamous “fish-within-a-fish.”

KANSAS

Kansas Park List

California National Historic Trail 
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site 
Fort Larned National Historic Site 
Fort Scott National Historic Site 
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail 
Monument Rocks National Natural LandmarkFossils: Learn About Paleontology in Kansas with Kids
Nicodemus National Historic Site 
Oregon National Historic Trail 
Pony Express National Historic Trail 
Santa Fe National Historic Trail 
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve 

 Kansas State Parks

Lake Scott 
Prairie Dog 
Clinton 
Elk City 

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Parks List

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park 
Big South Fork National River Recreation Area 
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park 
Mammoth Cave National Park 
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail 

 Kentucky State Parks

Cumberland Falls 
Natural Bridge 
Carver Caves 
John James Audubon 

LOUISIANA

Louisiana Parks List

Cane River Creole National Historical Park 
Chalmette National Cemetery 
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve 
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park 
Poverty Point National Monument 

Louisiana State Parks

Chicot 
Lake Fausse Pointe 
Lake Bistineau 
Poverty Point State Historic Site 

 

Indian matron wearing a pink sari stand next to a cairn atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.

Summit a mountain peak. Hike, or drive, to the top of Acadia’s Cadillac Mountain–one of the first spots in the US to see the sunrise.

MAINE

Maine Park List

Appalachian National Scenic Trail 
Acadia National Park 
St. Croix Island International Historic Site 

 Maine State Parks

Baxter 
Cobscook Bay 
Lily Bay 
Grafton Notch 
Rangeley Lake Rangeley Lake ME
The Charles F. Mercer boat on the C & O Canal.

Cruise the C & O Canal like it’s the 1870s on a boat pulled by mules.

MARYLAND

Maryland Park List

Antietam National BattlefieldAntietam MD
Appalachian National Scenic Trail 
Assateague Island National Seashore 
Catoctin Mountain Park 
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park 
Clara Barton National Historic Site 
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine Oh Say Can you See Baltimore MD
Fort Washington Park 
George Washington Memorial Parkway 
Greenbelt Park 
Hampton National Historic Site 
Harpers Ferry National Historical ParkHarpers Ferry Scenic Route to Florida
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical ParkDorchester County MD: Cambridge, Harriet Tubman, and Big Time Birding
Piscataway Park 
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail 
Thomas Stone National Historic Site 

 Maryland State Parks

Assateague 
Gunpowder Falls 
Patapsco Valley 
Swallow Falls 
John Adams Home

“It is but the farm of a Patriot.” John Adams, 1788. Ramble over the home and gardens of America’s second president.

MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts Park List

Adams National Historical Park 
Appalachian National Scenic Trail 
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor 
Boston African American National Historic Site 
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area 
Boston National Historical Park

 

Cape Cod National Seashore
Essex National Heritage Area 
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site 
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site 
Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site 
Lowell National Historical Park 
Minute Man National Historical Park 
New Bedford Whaling National Historical ParkNew Bedford MA: A Grungy Working Port With Historic Appeal
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site 
Springfield Armory National Historic SiteSpringfield MA: From Dr. Seuss to Basketball with Great Beer and BBQ

Massachusetts State Parks

Walden Pond 
Mount Greylock 
Wachusett Mountain 
Pilgrim MemorialProvincetown MA: The Edge of the World
Skinner 

MICHIGAN

Michigan Parks List

Automobile National Heritage Area 
Isle Royale National Park 
Keweenaw National Historical Park 
North Country National Scenic Trail 
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore 
River Raisin National Battlefield Park 
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore 

Michigan State Parks

Mackinac Island 
Porcupine Mountains 
Fort Wilkins 
P.J. Hoffmaster 
Hartwick Pines 

MINNESOTA

Minnesota Parks List

Grand Portage National Monument 
Mississippi National River & Recreation Area 
Pipestone National Monument 
Voyageurs National Park 

 Minnesota State Parks

Itasca 
Forestville/Mystery Cave 
Tettegouche 
Soudan Underground Mine 
Blue Mounds 
Tupelo-Baldcypress Swamp

At play among giant water tupelo and bald cypress trees along Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi.

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Parks List

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site 
Gulf Islands National Seashore 
Natchez National Historical Park 
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail 
Natchez Trace Parkway 
Tupelo National Battlefield 
Vicksburg National Military Park 

 Mississippi State Parks

Natchez 
Percy Quin 
Tishomingo 
Trace 
Winterville Mounds 

MISSOURI

Missouri Parks List

California National Historic Trail 
George Washington Carver National Monument 
Harry S. Truman National Historic Site 
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial 
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail 
Oregon National Historic Trail 
Ozark National Scenic Riverways 
Pony Express National Historic Trail 
Santa Fe National Historic Trail 
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail 
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site 
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield 

 Missouri State Parks

Prairie 
Ha Ha Tonka 
Montauk 
Meramec 
Glacier National Park

A walk among the clouds in Glacier National Park.

MONTANA

Montana Parks List

Big Hole National Battlefield 
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area 
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site 
Glacier National Park 
Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site 
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument 
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail 
Nez Perce National Historical Site 
Yellowstone National ParkBackpacking with Kids in Yellowstone National Park

 Montana State Parks

Flathead Lake 
Bannack 
Chief Plenty Coups 
Makoshika 
Pony Express Station - Gothenburg, NE

Original Pony Express Station in Gothenburg, Nebraska hailing back to 1860 when thousands of pioneers ventured out on the Mormon and Oregon Trails.

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Parks List

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument 
California National Historic Trail 
Chimney Rock National Heritage Site 
Homestead National Monument of America 
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail 
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail 
Missouri National Recreational River 
Oregon National Scenic Trail 
Pony Express National Historic Trail 
Niobrara National Scenic River 
Scotts Bluff National Monument 

 Nebraska State Parks

Fort Robinson 
Lake McConaughy 
Arbor Lodge 
Bristlecone Pines - Great Basin National Park

An ancient grove of Bristlecone Pines–some date back 5000 years–can be seen on the 3-mile Alpine Loop Trail in Great Basin National Park.

NEVADA

Nevada Parks List

California National Historic Trail 
Death Valley National Park 
Great Basin National Park 
Lake Mead National Recreation Area 
Pony Express National Historic Trail 
Mother and child parasail over Lake Tahoe.

Get a bird’s eye view of Lake Tahoe from a parasailing vantage point.

Nevada State Parks

Lake Tahoe Nevada 
Valley of Fire 
Cathedral Gorge 
Berlin-Ichthyosaur 
Greenleaf Hut - White Mountains

Glamping accommodations at Greenleaf Hut and stellar views of the Franconia mountain range reward hikers on the White Mountains hut to hut trail.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Parks List

Appalachian National Scenic Trail 
Saint-Gaudens National Historic SiteHanover NH: Dartmouth and the AT
White Mountain National ForestWhite Mountains, NH — 150 Years of Adventure

 New Hampshire State Parks

Franconia Notch 
Mount Washington 
Robert Frost Farm 
Odiorne Point 
Music Room - Thomas Edison National Historic Site

Gain insight from an inventive mind at Thomas Edison’s laboratory, now preserved as a national historic site, and his neighboring home, Glenmont, a Victorian-style estate in Llewelyn Park, the first planned residential community in the United States.

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Parks List

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 
Great Egg Harbor National Scenic & Recreational River 
Morristown National Historical Park 
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park 
Thomas Edison National Historical Park 

New Jersey State Parks

Island Beach 
High Point 
Ringwood 
Allaire 
Tour the reconstructed Great Kiva--the third largest ever excavated--and explore 400 masonry rooms of the 900-year-old Pueblo Great House at Aztec Ruins National Monument in Aztec, New Mexico.

Tour the reconstructed Great Kiva–the third largest ever excavated–and explore 400 masonry rooms of a 900-year-old Pueblo Great House at Aztec Ruins National Monument in Aztec, New Mexico.

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Parks List

Aztec Ruins National Monument 
Bandelier National Monument 
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 
Capulin Volcano National Monument 
Carsbad Caverns National Monument 
Chaco Culture National Historical Park 
El Malpais National Monument 
El Morro National Monument 
Fort Union National Monument 
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument 
Old Spanish National Historic Trail 
Pecos National Historical Park 
Petroglyph National Monument 
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument 
Santa Fe National Historic Trail 
White Sands National Monument 

 

Lower Cave Tour - Carlsbad Caverns

A world of mystery and magic await those daring enough to tackle the headlights-only Lower Cave tour in Carlsbad Caverns.

New Mexico State Parks

Sugarite Canyon 
Clayton Lake 
Heron Lake 
El Vado Lake 
Oliver Lee Memorial 
Busted sculpture and spring flowers on High Line Park in New York City.

Public art and spring tulips in New York City’s elevated High Line Park.

NEW YORK

New York City Parks List

African Burial Ground National Monument 
Castle Clinton National Monument 
Central Park 
Federal Hall National Memorial 
Gateway National Recreation Area 
General Grant National Memorial 
Governor Island National Monument 
Hamilton Grange National Memorial 
High Line 
National September 11 Memorial &MuseumDowntown NYC: I’ll Take Lower Manhattan
Hudson River Park 
Statue of Liberty National MonumentNew York City Photos from the Circle Line
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site 
Kids in a kayak at Grafton Park.

Learn how to kayak at Grafton Park’s Long Pond, or at any of New York’s 7,500 lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.

 New York National Parks List

Adirondack Park National Historic Landmark and Forest Preserve
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

 

Fire Island National SeashoreFire Island NY: Offseason Charms
Fort Stanwix National Monument 
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic SiteHyde Park NY
Kate Mullany National Historic Site 
Lower East Side Tenement National Historic SiteLincoln Highway Begins in New York City
Martin Van Buren National Historic SiteHudson NY: An Eye for Design
Sagamore Hill National Historical SiteGatsby’s Long Island, NY; How the Other .001% Lived During the Gilded Age 
Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site 
Saratoga National Historical ParkSaratoga NY: And Your Horse Naturally Won 
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic SiteBuffalo NY Finally Gets it Wright
Thomas Cole National Historic Site 
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Women’s Rights National Historical Park 
Kaaterskill Falls - waterfall on the Hudson River Art School Trail - Catskill Mountains - New York

Step into a 19th Century landscape painting at Kaaterskill Falls, one of several points along the Hudson River School Art Trail in the Catskill Mountains.

New York State Parks & Other Major Recreational Areas

Allegany 
Connetquot 
Bannerman’s IslandStorming the Castle on the Bannerman Island Tour 
Bear Mountain State ParkWest Point NY: A Patriotic Getaway
Catskill MountainsThe Great Northern Catskills of Green County NY
Crailo State Historic SiteYankee Doodle Came to Fort Crailo
Finger Lakes
John Boyd ThatcherWaterfalls on the Indian Ladder Trail 
Howe CavernsRomancing the Stone in Howe Caverns
Hudson River School Art TrailFirst Tinge of Color at Kaaterskill Falls in the Catskills
Letchworth 
Lake GeorgeLake George NY: From Kitschy to Fine, It’s All Good
Lake TaghkanicLake Taghkanic Gold
Minnewaska 
NiagaraNiagara Falls Photos; Wet and Wild Close-ups 
Peebles Island 
Schodack Island 
Taughannack Falls 
Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic SiteViews From Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Parks List

Appalachian National Scenic Trail 
Blue Ridge Parkway 
Cape Hatteras National Seashore 
Cape Lookout National Seashore 
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site 
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site 
Great Smoky Mountains National Park 
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park 
Moores Creek National Battlefield 
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail 
Trail of Tears National Historic Trail 
Wright Brothers National Memorial 
Drum Circle - Pritchard Park - Asheville NC

Sing, dance, and bang your bongos at the weekly Pritchard Park Drum Circle in Asheville, North Carolina.

 North Carolina State Parks and More

Hanging Rock 
Stone Mountain 
Hammocks Beach 
Fort Macon 
Pritchard Park (Asheville) 

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Parks List

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site 
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site 
International Peace Garden 
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail 
North Country National Scenic Trail 
Theodore Roosevelt National Park 

North Dakota State Parks

Cross Ranch 
Fort Abraham Lincoln 
Lake Metigoshe 
Icelandic 

OHIO

Ohio Parks List

Stone Stairs - Ritchie Ledges - Cuyahoga National Park

Climb the stone stairs connecting levels of the Ritchie Ledges at Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It’s one of many landscape projects built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, America’s New Deal public relief program that was responsible for construction at over 800 parks nationwide.

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument 
Cuyahoga Valley National Park 
David Berger National Memorial 
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park 
First Ladies National Historic Site 
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park 
James A. Garfield National Historical Site 
Ohio & Erie Canal National Heritage Corridors 
North Country National Scenic Trail 
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial 
William Howard Taft National Historic Site 

Ohio State Parks

Hocking Hills 
Hueston Woods 
Kelleys Island 
Maumee Bay 

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Parks List

Chickasaw National Recreation Area 
Fort Smith National Historic Site 
Santa Fe National Historic Trail 
Trail of Tears  National Historic Tral 
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site 

 Oklahoma State Parks

Beavers Bend 
Quartz Mountain 
Black Mesa 
Osage Hills 

OREGON

Oregon Parks List

California National Historic Trail 
Crater Lake National Park 
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park 
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument 
McLoughlin House National Historic Site 
Nez Perce National Historical Park 
Oregon National Historic Trail 
Oregon Caves National Monument 
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 
Cherry trees on the Fruit Loop Trail; Mount Hood in the background.

Gaze on Mount Hood as you pick your own cherries on the Fruit Loop Trail in Hood County, Oregon.

 Oregon State Parks

Fort Stevens 
Hudson River County Fruit Loop Trail 
 Silver Falls 
 Sunset Bay 
 Farewell Bend 
Remember. Flight 93 National Memorial, Stoystown, PA

Remember. Flight 93 National Memorial, Stoystown, PA

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Parks List

Allegheny National ForestPA Wilds: Angling, Oil and Luxury in the Allegheny National Forest
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic SiteAltoona PA: A Trainspotters Dream
Appalachian National Scenic Trail 
Benjamin Franklin National Memorial 
Delaware & Lehigh 
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 
Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site 
Eisenhower National Historic SiteGettysburg PA: Beyond 150 Years
Flight 93 National Memorial 
Fort Necessity National Battlefield 
Friendship Hill National Historic Site 
Gettysburg National Military ParkGettysburg, PA; Beyond 150 Years
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church National Historic Site 
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site 
Independence National Historical ParkBe A Maker AND Taker in Philadelphia PA’s Reinvigorated Neighborhoods
Johnstown Flood National MemorialJohnstown PA: Remembering the Tragic Flood
Middle Delaware National Scenic River 
North Country National Scenic Trail 
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail 
Southwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Heritage Route 
Steel Industry American Heritage Area 
Steamtown National Historic SiteScranton PA: Trains, Coal, and a Whole Lot of Magic
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial 
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River 
Valley Forge National Historical Park

 Pennsylvania State Parks

OhiopyleTop Things to Do in the Laurel Highlands of Western PA
Presque IsleErie PA: Sandy Beaches and War Stories
Cook Forest 
Ricketts Glen 

PUERTO RICO

Puerto Rico Parks List

San Juan National Historic Site 
El Yunque National Forest 
Camuy River Cave Park 
Drop a line on a quiet Rhode Island seashore.

Drop a line on a quiet Rhode Island seashore.

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island Parks List

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor 
Roger Williams National MemorialProvidence RI: Beehive of Creativity
Touro Synagogue National Historic SiteSee Newport RI Like a Gilded Age Tycoon

Rhode Island State Parks

Fort Adams See Newport RI Like a Gilded Age Tycoon
Beavertail 
Colt 
Goddard Memorial 
Newport Cliff Walk  See Newport RI Like a Gilded Age Tycoon

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina Parks List

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site 
Congaree National Park 
Cowpens National Battlefield 
Fort Sumter National Monument 
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site 
Kings Mountain National Military Park 
Ninety Six National Historic Site 
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail 
South Carolina National Heritage Corridor 

South Carolina State Parks

Mountain Bridge 
Devils Fork 
Huntington Beach 
Hunting Island 

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Parks List

Badlands National ParkGoing Bad In South Dakota: Tourist Traps and the Badlands
Jewel Cave National Monument 
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail 
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site 
Missouri National Recreational River 
Mount Rushmore National Memorial 
Niobrara National Scenic Riverway 
Wind Cave National Park 

South Dakota State Parks

Custer 
Fort Sisseton 
Newton Hills 

TENNESSEE

Tennessee Parks List

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site 
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area 
Fort Donelson National Battlefield 
Great Smoky Mountains National Park 
Obed Wild & Scenic River 
Shiloh National Military Park 
Stones River National Battlefield 

 Tennessee State Parks

Fall Creek Falls 
Roan Mountain 
Pickett 
Reelfoot Lake 

TEXAS

Texas Parks List

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument 
Amistad National Recreation Area 
Big Bend National Park 
Big Thicket National Preserve 
Chamizal National Memorial 
Fort Davis National Historic Site 
Guadalupe Mountains National Park 
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area 
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park 
Padre Island National Seashore 
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park 
Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River 
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park 

 Texas State Parks

Big Bend Ranch 
Enchanted Rock 
Brazos Bend 
Caddo Lake 

 

UTAH

Utah Parks List

Arches National Park 
Bryce Canyon National Park 
California National Historic Trail 
Canyonlands National Park 
Capitol Reef National Park 
Cedar Breaks National Monument 
Dinosaur National Monument 
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area 
Golden Spike National Historic Site 
Hovenweep National Monument 
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail 
Natural Bridges National Monument 
Oregon National Historic Trail 
Pony Express National Historic Trail 
Rainbow Bridge National Monument 
Timpanogos Cave National Monument 
Zion National Parkk 

Utah State Parks

Antelope Island 
Bear Lake 
Coral Pink Sand Dunes 
Dead Horse Point 
Goblin Valley 
Kodachrome Basin 
Lake Champlain

Aboard the Lake Champlain ferry from Burlington, VT to Port Kent, NY.

VERMONT

Vermont Parks List

Appalachian National Scenic Trail 
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical ParkWoodstock VT: Saving the Earth Began Here

Vermont State Parks

Island Complex (Burton, Knight & Woods) 
Smugglers Notch 
Button Bay 
Mount Philo 

VIRGIN ISLANDS (US)

 

Buck Island Reef National Monument 
Christiansted National Historic Site 
Salt River Bay National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve 
Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument 
Virgin Islands National Park 
Dugout canoe - Jamestown

Jump back in time at a living history exhibit in Jamestown Settlement, an important part of Virginia’s Colonial National Historical Park.

VIRGINIA

Virginia Parks List

Appalachian National Scenic Trail 
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park 
Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial 
Blue Ridge Parkway 
Booker T. Washington National Monument 
Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park 
Chincoteague National Wildlife RefugeChincoteague VA; Ponies and Rockets
Colonial National Historical Park 
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park 
Fort Monroe National MonumentHampton VA: Have A Blast in Crabtown
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military ParkFredericksburg VA: One Day Is Enough
George Washington Birthplace National Monument 
George Washington Memorial Parkway 
Great Falls Park 
Green Springs National Historic Landmark District 
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park 
Historic Jamestowne National Historic Site 
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site 
Manassas National Battlefield ParkManassas VA And Prince William County
Pamplin Historical Park & National Museum of the Civil War Soldier 
Petersburg National Battlefield 
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail 
Prince William Forest ParkManassas VA and Prince William County
Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial 
Richmond National Battlefield Park 
Shenandoah National Park 
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts 

Virginia State Parks & Other Major Recreational Areas

Grayson Highlands 
Douthat 
False Cape 
First Landing 
Luray Caverns 
Natural Bridge 
Westmoreland 

WASHINGTON

Washington Parks List

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve 
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site 
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park 
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area 
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area 
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail 
Mount Rainier National Park 
Nez Perce National Historical Park 
North Cascades National Park 
Olympic National Park 
Oregon National Scenic Trail 
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 
Ross Lake National Recreation Area 
San Juan Island National Historical Park 
Whitman Mission National Historic Site 

Washington State Parks

Deception Pass 
Moran 
Cape Disappointment 
Riverside 
Reenactor - Harpers Ferry

Sitting on a rock facing the Potomac River and Shenandoah Mountains, a reenactor tells tales of Harpers Ferry’s place in history.

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia Parks List

Appalachian National Scenic Trail 
Bluestone National Scenic River 
Gauley River National Recreation Area 
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Harpers Ferry Scenic Route to Florida
Monongahela National Forest – Seneca Rocks 
New River Gorge National River 

West Virginia State Parks

Pipestem Resort 
Blackwater Falls 
Canaan Valley Resort 
Watoga 

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin Parks List

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore 
Ice Age National Scenic Trail 
Ice Age National Scientific Reserve 
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail 
North Country National Scenic Trail 
 St. Croix National Scenic Riverway 

Wisconsin State Parks

Devil’s Lake 
Penisula 
Rock Island 
Copper Falls 
Horseback Riding - Medicine Bow National Forest

Ride a horse through sage-scented hills in Medicine Bow National Forest.

WYOMING

Wyoming Parks List

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area 
California National Historic Trail 
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail 
Devils Tower National Monument 
Fort Laramie National Historic Site 
Fossil Butte National Monument 
Grand Teton National Park 
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway 
Medicine Bow National Forest 
Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark 
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail 
Nez Perce National Historic Trail 
Oregon National Scenic Trail 
Pony Express National Historic Trail 
Yellowstone National ParkBackpacking with Kids in Yellowstone National Park

 Wyoming State Parks

Sinks Canyon 
Guernsey 
Trail End 
Tibetan Monks posing with Cherry Blossoms

Catch a selfie with the Cherry Blossoms and visitors from all over the world.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Washington, D.C. Parks List

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site 
Constitution Gardens 
Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site 
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial 
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 
Korean War Veterans Memorial 
Lincoln Memorial 
Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac 
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial 
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site 
National MallWashington, D.C. in a Day
Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site 
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail 
Rock Creek Park 
Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site 
Theodore Roosevelt Island 
Thomas Jefferson Memorial 
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 
Washington Monument 
White House 
800 American Parks; Limitless Possibilities - - State by State listing of all national parks and major recreational areas, with #travel guides to inspire your next adventure.
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Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of many cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Nowadays, she stars in her own version of "Where's Waldo?," always in search of sweet treats and grand adventures.

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