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Why You Should Consider Planning a Camping Trip Now

New reservation requirements and a steady rise in popularity and prices are making it more difficult to secure a spot in the great outdoors

Want to Visit a National Park This Summer? Start Planning!

Popular spots like Yosemite and Arches will require reservations to limit crowding

Tools for Planning Your Next National Park Vacation

Keep in mind these useful resources when researching and booking your trip

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11 National Wildlife Refuges

Visit these peaceful natural havens near busy national parks

8 Top Rail Trails for Biking

Cycling paths across the U.S. that offer smooth rides and plenty of scenery

9 Glorious Glamping Spots

Don't want to rough it? Sleep under the stars in comfort and style

8 Top-Notch Mountain Hikes

Favorite trails for summit seekers in Yellowstone, Acadia and more

Escape to a National Park See All


Spectacular ocean views and cool forest trails along the rocky coast of Maine


View jaw-dropping sandstone archways in a red-rock wonderland 


Amber walls and prairie grass make for impressive landscapes in S.D.

Big Bend

A ruggedly beautiful, remote desert landscape along the Rio Grande in West Texas


Find stunning coral reefs, long-snouted seahorses and other unique marine life in this wild Florida sanctuary

Bryce Canyon

Find otherworldly hoodoos, red cliffs and magical sunrises in Utah

Carlsbad Caverns

Travel more than 700 feet below the Earth’s surface to walk among otherworldly rock​formations

Crater Lake

Enjoy gorgeous hikes, drives, water views and adventure in Oregon

Cuyahoga Valley

Find serene nature, accessible adventure and American history

Death Valley

​The California oasis is huge, dry, often brutally hot — and absolutely worth a visit​​​


Find spectacular scenery and mountain adventures in the Alaskan wilderness


Alligators, crocodiles, birds and bear beckon a million visitors a year


Find wildlife, turquoise lakes and snow-capped peaks in Montana

Grand Canyon

Experience the majesty of the natural wonder — gorges, alcoves, and rocks resembling castles

Grand Teton

Stunning snow-capped mountains, wildlife galore and more in this serene haven

Great Basin

Solitude, mountain beauty and the world’s oldest trees in a remote oasis

Great Sand Dunes

Choose your own adventure among the tallest sand dunes in North America 

Great Smoky Mountains

Avoid the crowds at the country's most popular park by finding quiet walks and off-season pleasures

Guadalupe Mountains

Easy nature walks, quad-busting hikes and views from ‘the Top of Texas’ are a few of the highlights


Black cinder dunes, exotic birds and a legendary sunrise highlight this sky-high volcanic playground

Hawaii Volcanoes

A nature lover's paradise of lava fields and lush rain forests on the Big Island

Hot Springs

Soak your cares away at this historic mountain retreat in Arkansas

Indiana Dunes

Everything you need to know about visiting this lakeside treasure near Chicago

Joshua Tree

The California haven offers a ruggedly beautiful landscape

Lassen Volcanic

Explore the otherworldly landscape and see hot springs in this northern California park

Mammoth Cave

Explore the natural world above and below ground at this Kentucky treasure

Mesa Verde

A thrilling collection of ancient canyon-carved cliff dwellings welcomes visitors in Colorado

Mount Rainier

Ice, wildflowers and ancient forests in the Pacific Northwest

New River Gorge

This park offers big views, hiking, biking and a mighty river


Emerald wilderness, ancient trees, eagles, orcas and limited Wi-Fi


Find solace and many accessible options among the tallest trees on Earth

Rocky Mountain

A Colorado gem sparkles with the richness of wildlife and nature


Winter is the perfect time to visit this camera-ready desert treasure

Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Spend a lot of time looking up — way up — at some of the largest living organisms on the planet


Cruise scenic Skyline Drive, explore miles of mountain trails and find serenity at this Virginia beauty

Theodore Roosevelt

Bison, prairie dogs, coyotes – a Dakota wildlife landscape

Virgin Islands National Park

No passport needed for Americans visiting this gorgeous Caribbean haven on St. John 

White Sands

The dramatic dunes become your personal sandbox here in southern New Mexico


Exploding geysers, prismatic pools, a Grand Canyon and more make for a magical visit


Giant sequoias, huge waterfalls, El Capitan call to naturalists and artists


Cathedral-like canyons and majestic sandstone cliffs create a wondrous landscape

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