Visiting ALL of the US National Parks

The United States currently has 63 National Parks, and my husband and I have made it our goal to visit ALL of them. Our timeline is realistic: the end goal is “before we retire.” But as I’m writing this in October of 2023, we have already managed to hit 35 of them, so I think we can safely say we’re running ahead of schedule.

SIDE NOTE: there are a total of 425 units managed by the National Park Service (these units include National Historic Parks, National Seashores, National Scenic Trails, and more… 19 different designations!). These park systems cover over 85 million acres in all 50 US States, DC, and the territories. For the sake of time and sanity, our quest is limited to those areas that have received the designation of “National Park.”

Where We’ve Been…

updated 10/2023
  1. Olympic (July 2017)
  2. Mt. Rainier (August 2017, August 2020)
  3. Yellowstone (May 2018)
  4. Grand Teton (June 2018)
  5. North Cascades (July 2018)
  6. Kenai Fjords (July 2019)
  7. Denali (July 2019)
  8. Lake Clark (July 2019)
  9. Glacier (August 2019)
  10. Capitol Reef (June 2020)
  11. Arches (June 2020)
  12. Canyonlands (June 2020)
  13. Grand Canyon (June 2020)
  14. Bryce Canyon (June 2020)
  15. Zion (June 2020)
  16. Great Basin (June 2020)
  17. Joshua Tree (February 2021)
  18. Death Valley (February 2021)
  19. Yosemite (February 2021)
  20. Kings Canyon (February 2021)
  21. Sequoia (February 2021)
  22. Pinnacles (February 2021)
  23. Channel Islands (February 2021)
  24. Theodore Roosevelt (June 2022)
  25. Badlands (June 2022)
  26. Wind Cave (June 2022)
  27. Rocky Mountain (June 2022)
  28. Great Sand Dunes (June 2022)
  29. Mesa Verde (June 2022)
  30. Black Canyon of the Gunnison (June 2022)
  31. Crater Lake (July 2022)
  32. Lassen Volcanic (July 2022)
  33. Redwoods (July 2022)
  34. Haleakala (July 2023)
  35. Hawaii Volcanos (July 2023)

If THAT seemed like a lot of places… check out this full list of Parks!! There are still so many places to discover.

Alphabetical List of US National Parks

  1. Acadia National Park [Maine]
  2. American Samoa [American Samoa]
  3. Arches National Park [Utah]
  4. Badlands National Park [South Dakota]
  5. Big Bend National Park [Texas]
  6. Biscayne National Park [Florida]
  7. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park [Colorado]
  8. Bryce Canyon National Park [Utah]
  9. Canyonlands National Park [Utah]
  10. Capitol Reef National Park [Utah]
  11. Carlsbad Caverns National Park [New Mexico]
  12. Channel Islands National Park [California]
  13. Congaree National Park [South Carolina]
  14. Crater Lake National Park [Oregon]
  15. Cuyahoga Valley National Park [Ohio]
  16. Death Valley National Park [California]
  17. Denali National Park and Preserve [Alaska]
  18. Dry Tortugas National Park [Florida]
  19. Everglades National Park [Florida]
  20. Gates of the Arctic National Park [Alaska]
  21. Gateway Arch National Park [Missouri]
  22. Glacier National Park [Montana]
  23. Glacier Bay National Park [Alaska]
  24. Grand Canyon National Park [Arizona]
  25. Grand Teton National Park [Wyoming]
  26. Great Basin National Park [Nevada]
  27. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve [Colorado]
  28. Great Smoky Mountains National Park [North Carolina, Tennessee]
  29. Guadalupe Mountains National Park [Texas]
  30. Haleakala National Park [Hawaii]
  31. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park [Hawaii]
  32. Hot Springs National Park [Arkansas]
  33. Indiana Dunes National Park [Indiana]
  34. Isle Royale National Park [Minnesota]
  35. Joshua Tree National Park [California]
  36. Katmai National Park and Preserve [Alaska]
  37. Kenai Fjords National Park [Alaska]
  38. Kings Canyon National Park [California]
  39. Kobuk Valley National Park [Alaska]
  40. Lake Clark National Park [Alaska]
  41. Lassen Volcanic National Park [California]
  42. Mammoth Cave National Park [Kentucky]
  43. Mesa Verde National Park [Colorado]
  44. Mount Rainier National Park [Washington]
  45. New River Gorge National Park [West Virginia]
  46. North Cascades National Park [Washington]
  47. Olympic National Park [Washington]
  48. Petrified Forest National Park [Arizona]
  49. Pinnacles National Park [California]
  50. Redwood National Park [California]
  51. Rocky Mountain National Park [Colorado]
  52. Saguaro National Park [Arizona]
  53. Sequoia National Park [California]
  54. Shenandoah National Park [Virginia]
  55. Theodore Roosevelt National Park [North Dakota]
  56. Virgin Islands National Park [US Virgin Islands]
  57. Voyageurs National Park [Minnesota]
  58. White Sands National Park [New Mexico]
  59. Wind Cave National Park [South Dakota]
  60. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve [Alaska]
  61. Yellowstone National Park [Idaho, Wyoming, Montana]
  62. Yosemite National Park [California]
  63. Zion National Park [Utah]

An alphabetical list is nice… but sometimes, you just need to know the proper order of things. Here’s a list of National Parks, sorted by the date they were established by Congress.

Chronological List of US National Parks

  • March 1, 1872 | Yellowstone [Wyoming, Montana, Idaho]
  • September 25, 1890 | Sequoia [California]
  • October 1, 1890 | Yosemite [California]
  • March 2, 1899 | Mount Rainier [Washington]
  • May 22, 1902 | Crater Lake [Oregon]
  • January 9, 1903 | Wind Cave [South Dakota]
  • June 29, 1906 | Mesa Verde [Colorado]
  • May 11, 1910 | Glacier [Montana]
  • January 26, 1915 | Rocky Mountain [Colorado]
  • August 1, 1916 | Hawaii Volcanoes [Hawaii]
  • August 9, 1916 | Lassen Volcanic [California]
  • February 26, 1917 | Denali [Alaska]
  • February 26, 1919 | Acadia [Maine]
  • February 26, 1919 | Grand Canyon [Arizona]
  • November 19, 1919 | Zion [Utah]
  • March 4, 1921 | Hot Springs [Arkansas]
  • February 25, 1928 | Bryce Canyon [Utah]
  • February 26, 1929 | Grand Teton [Wyoming]
  • May 14, 1930 | Carlsbad Caverns [New Mexico]
  • May 30, 1934 | Everglades [Florida]
  • June 15, 1934 | Great Smoky Mountains [North Carolina, Tennessee]
  • December 26, 1935 | Shenandoah [Virginia]
  • June 29, 1938 | Olympic [Washington]
  • March 4, 1940 | Kings Canyon [California]
  • April 3, 1940 | Isle Royale [Michigan]
  • July 1, 1941 | Mammoth Cave [Kentucky]
  • June 12, 1944 | Big Bend [Texas]
  • August 2, 1956 | Virgin Islands [US Virgin Islands]
  • July 1, 1961 | Haleakala [Hawaii]
  • December 9, 1962 | Petrified Forest [Arizona]
  • September 12, 1964 | Canyonlands [Utah]
  • October 2, 1968 | North Cascades [Washington]
  • October 2, 1968 | Redwood [California]
  • November 12, 1971 | Arches [Utah]
  • December 18, 1971 | Capitol Reef [Utah]
  • September 30, 1972 | Guadalupe Mountains [Texas]
  • April 8, 1975 | Voyageurs [Minnesota]
  • November 10, 1978 | Badlands [South Dakota]
  • November 10, 1978 | Theodore Roosevelt [North Dakota]
  • March 5, 1980 | Channel Islands [California]
  • June 28, 1980 | Biscayne [Florida]
  • December 2, 1980 | Gates of the Arctic [Alaska]
  • December 2, 1980 | Kobuk Valley [Alaska]
  • December 2, 1980 | Wrangell-St. Elias [Alaska]
  • December 2, 1980 | Lake Clark [Alaska]
  • December 2, 1980 | Kenai Fjords [Alaska]
  • December 2, 1980 | Katmai [Alaska]
  • December 2, 1980 | Glacier Bay [Alaska]
  • October 27, 1986 | Great Basin [Nevada]
  • October 31, 1988 | American Samoa [American Samoa]
  • October 26, 1991 | Dry Tortugas [Florida]
  • October 14, 1994 | Saguaro [Arizona]
  • October 31, 1994 | Death Valley [California, Nevada]
  • October 31, 1994 | Joshua Tree [California]
  • October 21, 1999 | Black Canyon of the Gunnison [Colorado]
  • October 11, 2000 | Cuyahoga Valley [Ohio]
  • November 10, 2003 | Conagree [South Carolina]
  • September 24, 2004 | Great Sand Dunes [Colorado]
  • January 10, 2013 | Pinnacles [California]
  • February 22, 2018 | Gateway Arch [Missouri]
  • February 15, 2019 | Indiana Dunes [Indiana]
  • December 20, 2019 | White Sands [New Mexico]
  • December 27, 2020 | New River Gorge [West Virginia]

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