By Madeline Bilis
June 10, 2019
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In 2019, the United States gained its newest national park: Indiana Dunes National Park. The park along Lake Michigan boasts some 15,000 acres of beaches, marshes, woods, and prairies, and offers hiking, camping, and more. Its addition to the long list of U.S. national parks made us wonder — just how many national parks are there?

The U.S. National Park Service was founded in 1916, but the country’s first national park predates it — Yellowstone National Park debuted in 1872 when President Ulysses S. Grant signed it into law. In the years since, America has amassed a total of 61 national parks, from the northern reaches of Alaska to the waters of the Florida Keys. (To see them all, you’d need to visit 29 states and two U.S. territories.)

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While the National Park System comprises 418 national park sites, only 61 of them have the “National Park” designation in their names. The other sites fall into different National Park System categories like National Historic Sites, National Monuments, National Seashores, National Recreation Areas, and others. The Park Service’s website has a handy U.S. National Parks map, as well as a U.S. National Parks list for reference.

Some of the most popular national parks in the country, like Glacier National Park and Yosemite National Park, often top the Park Service’s lists of the highest visitation numbers, while some underrated parks, like Capitol Reef and Great Basin, remain to be not-so-hidden gems.

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Ahead, see the full list of all 61 national parks in the U.S.

Acadia National Park: Maine

American Samoa National Park: American Samoa

Arches National Park: Utah

Badlands National Park: South Dakota

Big Bend National Park: Texas

Biscayne National Park: Florida

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park: Colorado

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Bryce Canyon National Park: Utah

Canyonlands National Park: Utah

Capitol Reef National Park: Utah

Carlsbad Caverns National Park: New Mexico

Channel Islands National Park: California

Congaree National Park: South Carolina

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Crater Lake National Park: Oregon

Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Ohio

Death Valley National Park: California, Nevada

Denali National Park: Alaska

Dry Tortugas National Park: Florida

Everglades National Park: Florida

Gates of the Arctic National Park: Alaska

Gateway Arch National Park: Missouri

Glacier Bay National Park: Alaska

Glacier National Park: Montana

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Grand Canyon National Park: Arizona

Grand Teton National Park: Wyoming

Great Basin National Park: Nevada

Great Sand Dunes National Park: Colorado

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Tennessee, North Carolina

Guadalupe Mountains National Park: Texas

Haleakalā National Park: Hawaii

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park: Hawaii

Hot Springs National Park: Arkansas

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Indiana Dunes National Park: Indiana

Isle Royale National Park: Michigan

Joshua Tree National Park: California

Katmai National Park: Alaska

Kenai Fjords National Park: Alaska

Kings Canyon National Park: California

Kobuk Valley National Park: Alaska

Lake Clark National Park: Alaska

Lassen Volcanic National Park: California

Mammoth Cave National Park: Kentucky

Mesa Verde National Park: Colorado

Mount Rainier National Park: Washington

North Cascades National Park: Washington

Olympic National Park: Washington

Petrified Forest National Park: Arizona

Pinnacles National Park: California

Redwood National Park: California

Rocky Mountain National Park: Colorado

Saguaro National Park: Arizona

Sequoia National Park: California

Shenandoah National Park: Virginia

Theodore Roosevelt National Park: North Dakota

Virgin Islands National Park: United States Virgin Islands

Voyageurs National Park: Minnesota

Wind Cave National Park: South Dakota

Wrangell—St. Elias National Park: Alaska

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Yellowstone National Park: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho

Yosemite National Park: California

Zion National Park: Utah

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