Magnificent canyons. Grandiose mountains. Old-growth forests. Expansive deserts. There’s so much to see in America’s national parks. Whether you’re camping, hiking, or taking a scenic drive, you’ll have plenty to do in the national park of your choosing.

There are 63 national parks in the United States, ranging in age from 1 to 150 years old. In addition to the 63 national parks, the National Park Service manages another 400+ monuments, historic sites, and recreation areas. Each year, these parks get more than 200 million visitors.

Whether you’re visiting your first national park or checking the last one off your bucket list, Well Planned Journey is here to help! Keep reading to discover the best of America’s national parks!

Highway winds through Capitol Reef National Park
Fall colors from an overlook in Sequoia National Park

Complete US National Parks List

I’m on a mission to visit every national park in the United States. Along the way, I’m documenting all my trips with the best national park travel advice so you can too!

Below is a list of all 63 national parks, complete with the latest park, New River Gorge! The parks linked below are ones covered on Well Planned Journey. Click the link to learn more and read the itineraries and travel guides dedicated to each park.

American Samoa
Big Bend
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Bryce Canyon
Capitol Reef
Carlsbad Caverns
Channel Islands
Crater Lake
Cuyahoga Valley
Death Valley
Dry Tortugas
Gates of the Arctic
Gateway Arch

Glacier Bay
Grand Canyon
Grand Teton
Great Basin
Great Sand Dunes
Great Smoky Mountains
Guadalupe Mountains
Hawai’i Volcanoes
Hot Springs
Indiana Dunes
Isle Royale
Joshua Tree
Kenai Fjords
Kings Canyon
Kobuk Valley
Lake Clark
Lassen Volcanic
Mammoth Cave

Mesa Verde
Mount Rainier
New River Gorge
North Cascades
Petrified Forest
Rocky Mountain
Theodore Roosevelt
Virgin Islands
White Sands
Wind Cave
Wrangell-St. Elias

Most Popular National Parks

Don’t know where to start? If you’re new to the national parks, you can start by visiting some of the more popular parks. These are tried and true options for your first national park trip.

Want to know more about the national parks overall? Check out this ultimate national park checklist.


Glacier National Park is often referred to as the “crown of the continent”. It has epic views of the Rocky Mountains, world-class scenic drives, and endless hikes. Once home to over 100 glaciers, there are now only 20 glaciers left in the park.

Trail up to Angels Landing in Zion National Park


Zion National Park is a haven for adventurous hikers, with some of the most popular hikes in the United States, like Angels Landing and The Narrows. Only a short drive away, you can visit the ultra-scenic Bryce Canyon National Park too.

Grand Prismatic Spring shows off its red, yellow, green, and blue rings in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming


With over 4 million annual visitors, you’re probably familiar with Yellowstone. Its well-known landmark, Old Faithful, is a bucket list stop. The best way to explore the park’s popular geysers is on a scenic drive.

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