National Parks of the USA – Map, List and Annual Pass

Petr Novák

National parks in the United States of America hide some of the best the country has to offer. Majestic mountains, wild natural formations, deserts and green forests. There are dozens of national parks in America, and it would take months to travel through them.

Map of US National Parks | © Petr Novák

This map of US National Parks includes all those located in the continental United States and Alaska. The colored dot next to the name indicates the number of visitors in 2023.

Table of Contents
  1. List of National Parks in the U.S. 2024
  2. National Park Entrance Fees in the USA
  3. USA National Parks Information
  4. How Many National Parks Are There in the USA?
  5. What Are the Most Visited National Parks in the USA?
  6. What Is the Oldest National Park in the USA?
  7. What Is the Youngest National Park in the USA?

List of National Parks in the U.S. 2024

Name Short Name Location Date of establishment
Acadia National Park Acadia Maine February 26, 1919
American Samoa National Park American Samoa American Samoa December 31, 1988
Arches National Park Arches Utah November 12, 1971
Badlands National Park Badlands South Dakota November 10, 1978
Big Bend National Park Big Bend Texas June 12, 1944
Biscayne National Park Biscayne Florida June 28, 1980
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado December 21, 1999
Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Canyon Utah February 25, 1928
Canyonlands National Park Canyonlands Utah September 12, 1964
Capitol Reef National Park Capitol Reef Utah December 18, 1971
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico May 14, 1930
Channel Islands National Park Channel Islands California March 5, 1980
Congaree National Park Congaree South Carolina November 10, 2003
Crater Lake National Park Crater Lake Oregon May 22, 1902
Cuyahoga Valley National Park Cuyahoga Valley Ohio December 11, 2000
Death Valley National Park Death Valley California, Nevada December 31, 1994
Denali National Park Denali Alaska February 26, 1917
Dry Tortugas National Park Dry Tortugas Florida December 26, 1992
Everglades National Park Everglades Florida May 30, 1934
Gates of the Arctic National Park Gates of the Arctic Alaska December 2, 1980
Gateway Arch National Park Gateway Arch Missouri February 22, 2018
Glacier Bay National Park Glacier Bay Alaska December 2, 1980
Glacier National Park Glacier Montana May 11, 1910
Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon Arizona February 26, 1919
Grand Teton National Park Grand Teton Wyoming February 26, 1929
Great Basin National Park Great Basin Nevada December 27, 1986
Great Sand Dunes National Park Great Sand Dunes Colorado September 13, 2004
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Great Smoky Mountains North Carolina, Tennessee June 15, 1934
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Guadalupe Mountains Texas December 15, 1966
Haleakala National Park Haleakala Hawaii August 1, 1916
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hawaii Volcanoes Hawaii August 1, 1916
Hot Springs National Park Hot Springs Arkansas March 4, 1921
Indiana Dunes National Park Indiana Dunes Indiana February 15, 2019
Isle Royale National Park Isle Royale Michigan March 3, 1931
Joshua Tree National Park Joshua Tree California December 31, 1994
Katmai National Park Katmai Alaska December 2, 1980
Kenai Fjords National Park Kenai Fjords Alaska December 2, 1980
Kings Canyon National Park Kings Canyon California March 4, 1940
Kobuk Valley National Park Kobuk Valley Alaska December 2, 1980
Lake Clark National Park Lake Clark Alaska December 2, 1980
Lassen Volcanic National Park Lassen Volcanic California August 9, 1916
Mammoth Cave National Park Mammoth Cave Kentucky July 1, 1941
Mesa Verde National Park Mesa Verde Colorado June 29, 1906
Mount Rainier National Park Mount Rainier Washington March 2, 1899
New River Gorge National Park New River Gorge West Virginia December 27, 2020
North Cascades National Park North Cascades Washington December 2, 1968
Olympic National Park Olympic Washington June 29, 1938
Petrified Forest National Park Petrified Forest Arizona December 9, 1962
Pinnacles National Park Pinnacles California January 10, 2013
Redwood National Park Redwood California December 2, 1968
Rocky Mountain National Park Rocky Mountain Colorado January 26, 1915
Saguaro National Park Saguaro Arizona December 14, 1994
Sequoia National Park Sequoia California September 25, 1890
Shenandoah National Park Shenandoah Virginia May 22, 1926
Theodore Roosevelt National Park Theodore Roosevelt North Dakota November 10, 1978
Virgin Islands National Park Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands August 2, 1956
Voyageurs National Park Voyageurs Minnesota January 8, 1971
White Sands National Park White Sands New Mexico December 20, 2019
Wind Cave National Park Wind Cave South Dakota January 9, 1903
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Wrangell – St. Elias Alaska December 2, 1980
Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone Idaho, Montana, Wyoming March 1, 1872
Yosemite National Park Yosemite California December 1, 1890
Zion National Park Zion Utah November 19, 1919

National Park Entrance Fees in the USA

Entrance fees differ from one national park to another. In some locations, only parking fees are levied instead of admission charges. For fee-based parks, the most prevalent entrance fee covers the entire vehicle crew. The same applies to motorcycles. Payment is only required per person when entering the park by foot.

If you plan on visiting more than one national park, it’s worth purchasing the America the Beautiful Annual Pass at $80. This pass offers you free admission to all USA national parks for 12 months from the date of purchase.

USA National Parks Information

  1. How Many National Parks Are There in the USA?

    There are a total of 63 national parks across the USA, 14 of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. National parks are located in 30 USA states and two unincorporated areas. California, with 9, and Alaska, with 8, have the most national parks.
  2. What Are the Most Visited National Parks in the USA?

    In 2022, the most visited national parks were the Great Smoky Mountains (13,297,647 visitors), Grand Canyon (4,733,705 visitors), Zion (4,623,238 visitors), Yellowstone (4,501,382 visitors), and Rocky Mountain (4,115,837 visitors).
  3. What Is the Oldest National Park in the USA?

    Yellowstone is not only the oldest national park in the USA, but also in the world. It was established on March 1, 1872. The second oldest national park is Sequoia, established on September 25, 1890, and the third oldest is Kings Canyon, established on October 1, 1890.
  4. What Is the Youngest National Park in the USA?

    Eight national parks were established after 2000, the most recent of which is New River Gorge, designated in 2020. The second most recent is White Sands and the third most recent is Indiana Dunes, both established in 2019.

US National Parks

  1. List of US National Parks
  2. America the Beautiful Annual Pass
  3. Timed-Entry Reservation for US National Parks

Travel Guides to USA National Parks

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