The Park System Made Simple
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Escape the Crowds
Get a jump on the tour busses. Explore our favorite hidden corners, empty spaces, and wild places in ten iconic National Parks. Read more.
Where to Go When You Have 24 Hours
Cramming a National Park visit into just one day can involve a stressful amount of guess-based planning and/or a dose of luck-infused spontaneity. But you can take charge with this list of carefully curated day plans. Read more
Make it an Adventure
Jump on a paddleboard, hike around a volcano or cast out in pristine waters—these trips put the parks in a whole new light. Read more.
Get Off the Beaten Path
From wolf tracking to sand-dune shredding, these nine trips will get you far beyond the ranger station. Read more.
9 State Parks that Are National Treasures
Love Acadia, the Tetons, and the Grand Canyon? Wait until you meet their crazy little cousins. Read more.
The Darkest Parks in the U.S.
There are 11 Dark Sky Parks in the United States; seven have been designated as “gold tier” parks, the highest possible rating, based on a comprehensive technical scale that considers things like artificial light, skyglow, and observable sky phenomena. Read more.
The Newest National Parks
Good news for anyone who loves high-heart-rate recreation, brilliant scenery, and a little bit of history—The National Park Service is starting 2015 off by establishing seven new national parks in eight different states and the District of Columbia. Read more.