The Great Outdoors is calling to Americans who miss travel, crave recreation and desire safe spaces where they can wander alone or explore with family and friends. The 63 wondrous national parks — “America’s best idea,” as documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has called them — offer all of that, and more.
Whether you are spotting wildlife from an overlook, walking an easy trail, hiking a majestic peak, camping in the back country or settling into a comfy cabin, you may find our national lands are a way to connect to America’s history viscerally and physically.
Spectacular ocean views and cool forest trails along the rocky coast of Maine
View jaw-dropping sandstone archways in a red-rock wonderland
Amber walls and prairie grass make for impressive landscapes in S.D.
A ruggedly beautiful, remote desert landscape along the Rio Grande in West Texas
Find stunning coral reefs and other unique marine life in this wild Florida sanctuary
Find otherworldly hoodoos, red cliffs and magical sunrises in Utah
Travel more than 700 feet below the Earth’s surface to walk among rock formations
Enjoy gorgeous hikes, drives, water views and adventure in Oregon
Find serene nature, accessible adventure and American history
The California oasis is huge, dry, often brutally hot — and absolutely worth a visit
Find spectacular scenery and mountain adventures in the Alaskan wilderness
Alligators, crocodiles, birds and bear beckon a million visitors a year
Find wildlife, turquoise lakes and snow-capped peaks in Montana
Experience the majesty of the natural wonder — gorges and rocks resembling castles
Stunning snow-capped mountains, wildlife galore and more in this serene haven
Solitude, mountain beauty and the world’s oldest trees in a remote oasis