The Best National Park in Every State
From golden sand dunes to hardwood forests, from historic sites and iconic monuments to the winding trails that crisscross the United States, our National Park Service has ensured that every state in the nation has at least a sliver (or a generous wedge) of their most cherished places. Those in search of solitude will find it while wandering deep into the glaciated peaks and jungles of Olympic National Park, while rock climbers from around the world will challenge themselves on one of many world-class routes up the 3,000-feet of vertical on El Capitan in Yosemite.
History buffs and those curious about the country's past walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, which shaped the United States into the nation as we know it. This year, the National Park Service celebrates its centennial year-that's 100 years of caring for the most sacred stretches of land from California to the Eastern Seaboard. And you don't even have to step outside of your home state to experience something the Service has worked to recognize and protect.
Our favorite National Park (or National Park Service site) in every state is just a curated sample of the hundreds of other worthwhile destinations in the United States.