National Parks

The soaring majesty of Sequoia’s redwoods. The mysterious, vast labyrinth of Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave. The awe-inspiring peaks of the Grand Tetons.

Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Wallace Stegner once proclaimed national parks to be “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” The parks inspire and invigorate. Promises of adventure and discovery are made among canyon walls and wild coastlines, while whispers of something far greater—national pride—linger in the air. We all share stewardship responsibility for these lands, for the parks belong to us all.

Today’s National Park System is visited by over 300 million people annually. The parklands encompass 417 areas and represent over 84 million acres of land. Strewn throughout the country, a National Park can be found in every state, the District of Columbia, as well as the Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa.

This summer we join the National Park Service in inviting you to “EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA.” Visit nps.gov to plan a visit, discover more, and get involved.