National Parks By State | A Complete List

The National Park system protects some of the world’s most amazing and photogenic places. By visiting the National Parks you will find everything from awe-inspiring mountain ranges to arid deserts. Regardless of where you live it is possible to visit a National Park. Therefore, we are happy to share a complete list of all the National Parks by state. 

Of course, the National Parks have something for everyone. Within the Parks, you can go hiking, camping, backpacking, and much more. More importantly, you are able to learn about the country’s history and its landscape among other things. 

Almost everyone’s bucket list includes visiting one or more of the National Parks. This is why we felt it was important to share this full list of parks. Be sure to follow the links to any one of the 16 National Parks we have visited to learn more about our adventures in the National Parks. In addition, we continue to add new Parks to our travels. Be sure to sign up below for our newsletter to learn when we visit new Parks. 

To learn all about the National Park System be sure to check out our National Parks for Beginners page. 

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona | Our First National Park Adventure

How Many National Parks Are There?

If you have driven the highways of America you have undoubtedly seen the signature brown signs of the National Park Service. Is each one of these a National Park? Well, not exactly. 

The National Park Service oversees 423 sites all across the country. Of course, these additional sites include national monuments, national historic sites, and national military parks among other sites. 

However, only 63 of these locations have earned the title of National Park. It is these 63 National Park locations included here on this page. Check our National Park Service destinations blog to learn about many other national Park locations we have visited. 

National Parks By State

Of all the states California has the most National Parks within its border. Alaska has 8 National Parks that cover 54 million acres of protected land. Alaska is also home to the Nation’s largest National Park. The smallest National Park is found in Arkansas. 

Unfortunately, not all states are home to a National Park. There are 17 states that do not have a National Park. However, most of these states do have other types of National Park sites.  This list of National Parks by state is a great way to start planning your next adventure. 


Alaska is home to eight National Parks. In addition, it protects more total land than any other state.

  1. Denali National Park
  2. Kenai Fjords National Park
  3. Wrangell – St. Elias National Park
  4.  Glacier Bay National Park
  5. Katmai National Park
  6. Lake Clark National Park
  7. Gates of the Arctic National Park
  8. Kobuk Valley National Park

American Samoa 

The only National Park in American Samoa is the furthest Park from the continental United States.

  1. National Park of American Samoa


Arizona is home to three National Parks. Of course, one of them is one of the most well-known parks in all the world, and one of the 7 wonders of the world.

  1. Grand Canyon National Park 
  2. Petrified Forrest National Park
  3. Saguaro National Park
Grand Canyon N.P.
Grand Canyon South Rim


Arkansas is home to only one National Park, and it is also the smallest park.

  1. Hot Springs National Park 
Hot Springs National Park Entrance
Hot Springs National Park Entrance


California is home to 9 National Parks. Therefore, it is the state with the largest number of Parks.

  1. Redwood National Park
  2. Pinnacles National Park
  3. Lassen Volcanic National Park
  4. Channel Island National Park
  5. Yosemite National Park
  6. Sequoia National Park
  7. Death Valley National Park
  8. Joshua Tree National Park
  9. Kings Canyon National Park


Colorado is the home of four National Parks.

  1. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  2. Great Sand Dunes National Park
  3. Mesa Verde National Park
  4. Rocky Mountain National Park


  1. Dry Tortugas National Park
  2. Biscayne National Park
  3. Everglades National Park
Dry Tortugas N.P. | Photo courtesy NPS
Dry Tortugas N.P. | Photo courtesy NPS


Hawaii is the home of two of the Nation’s National Parks

  1. Haleakalā National Park
  2. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park


Idaho is home to one of the world’s most famous parks. In addition, this park reaches into Montana and Wyoming.

  1. Yellowstone National Park 
National Parks by State
Yellowstone N.P.


Home of the 61st National Park which was designated on February 15, 2019

  1. Indiana Dunes National Park 
Marcus and Bryce at Indiana Dunes N.P.
Marcus and Bryce at Indiana Dunes N.P.


Kentucky’s National Park is the world’s longest known cave system, with more than 400 miles explored, and one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America.

  1. Mammoth Cave National Park
National Parks by State
Mammoth Cave N.P.


  1. Acadia National Park


  1. Isle Royal National Park


  1. Voyageurs National Park


Missouri is home to one of the most often debated National Parks. Is it a Park, or should it be a National Memorial? We suggest adding it to yor itinerary and making your own decision.

  1. Gateway Arch National Park


  1. Glacier National Park
  2. Yellowstone National Park


  1. Death Valley National Park
  2. Great Basin National Park

New Mexico 

  1. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  2. White Sands National Park
National Parks by state
Our RV at White Sands N.P.

North Dakota 

  1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park

North Carolina 

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains N.P.


  1. Cuyahoga National Park


  1. Crater Lake National Park

South Carolina 

  1. Congaree National Park

South Dakota 

  1. Badlands National Park
  2. Wind Cave National Park
Badlands N.P.


  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Texas is home to two National Parks. One is a desert park that offers amazing mountain views, and perfect star gazing nights.

  1. Big Bend National Park 
  2. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Big Bend RV camping
Big Bend East Entrance


Home of five National Parks that are most often referred to as “the mighty 5 Parks”.

  1. Arches National Park
  2. Bryce Canyon National Park 
  3. Canyonlands National Park
  4. Capitol Reef National Park
  5. Zion National Park
Bryce Point Overlook | Shuttle Stop

The U.S. Virgin Islands 

  1. Virgin Islands National Park


  1. Shenandoah National Park


  1. Mount Rainer National Park
  2. North Cascades National Park
  3. Olympic National Park

West Virginia 

West Virginia is the home to the most recently designated, and 63rd, National Park.

  1. New River Gorge National Park


  1. Grand Teton National Park 
  2. Yellowstone National Park

The National Park System 

The N.P.S. is an incredible way to view some of the country’s greatest treasures while learning new things. Of course, all the Parks mentioned above have amazing things to offer. Each one is unique, and worth a visit.

Of course, there are an additional 360 N.P.S. sites located all throughout America. In fact, there is only one state, Deleware. that has no N.P.S. sites within its borders.

Regardless of how you travel we highly recommend checking out the National Park Service website and adding them to your travels. In addition, this list of National Parks by state can help you plan your next RV adventure.

We love to hear from our followers. Please leave a comment below. 

How many National Parks have you visited? Which was your favorite? Do you have any tips for visiting any of the above National Parks?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.
You need to agree with the terms to proceed

Enjoy Related Post

Outer Banks KOA Resort
Outer Banks KOA Resort
About Us

We are a  family of four who travels all around the country in a small RV.

So far we have RV camped in 33 different States, visited 14 National Parks, and 17 National Park Sites. 

Being self-proclaimed National Park Geeks we are on a mission to see as many as possible!  

We hope our blog will inspire other families to spend time together, and create lifelong memories. 

Follow Along With us