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America’s Top National Parks

What you need to know about visiting these popular spots

Man exploring idyllic forest waterfall in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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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 62 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.

Autumn colors in Shenandoah National Park, above the clouds.

Shenandoah

Cruise scenic Skyline Drive, explore miles of mountain trails and find serenity

beautiful landscapes at sunset in Badlands National Park

Badlands

Amber walls and prairie grass make for impressive landscapes in S.D.

Wild Horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt

Bison, prairie dogs, coyotes – a Dakota wildlife landscape

Woman standing against rail, look over the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Experience the majesty of the natural wonder — gorges and rocks resembling castles

American Bison grazing on the prairie lands of Minnesota

Tetons in the Off-Season

An affordable national park vacation offering wildlife, snow-capped mountains and beautiful lakes

A view of a mountain in the Olympic National Park,

Olympic

Emerald wilderness, ancient trees, eagles, orcas and limited Wi-Fi

alligator and white bird in The Everglades

Everglades

Alligators, crocodiles, birds and bear beckon a million visitors a year

wildflowers at Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain

A Colorado gem sparkles with the richness of wildlife and nature

a lone female hiker walking through the ZIon National Park

Zion

Cathedral-like canyons and majestic sandstone cliffs create a wondrous landscape

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