Angels landing in Zion National Park

National Parks

With more than 60 national parks plus hundreds of national monuments, seashores, preserves, battlefields, and other NPS-designated areas, U.S. parkgoers get access to some 80 million acres of beautiful, protected public land. History buffs, nature enthusiasts, extreme sportspeople, and laidback campers alike find fun, stillness, and unbelievable scenery in the parks, from Hawaii's volcanic landscape to Yellowstone's geysers and springs to the Everglades' gator-filled swamps. One glance at El Capitan or a stroll along the rim of the Grand Canyon will reveal why the national parks have been called "America's best idea."

Indian Drum rock formation at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore/Lake Superior/Michigan
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logan pass trail in Glacier national park on sunny day in Montana
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