U.S. National Parks To Add To Your Travel Bucket List

State: South Dakota
Established: January 29, 1939
Badlands National Park is a large collection of buttes, pinnacles, spires, and mixed-grass prairies. The White River Badlands contain the largest supply known of Eocene and Oligocene mammal fossils. There is a variety of wildlife in the park including bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets.

State: Montana
Established: May 11, 1910
Glacier National Park includes 26 glaciers and 130 named lakes surrounded by Rocky Mountain peaks. The local mountains, formed by an overthrust, reveal many Paleozoic fossils that include trilobites, mollusks, giant ferns and dinosaurs.

State: Alaska
Established: June 7, 1913
Denali National Park is a serviced by a single road leading to Wonder Lake. Denali is the tallest mountain in North America and is covered with long glaciers and boreal forest. The park contains wildlife including  grizzly bears, dall sheep, caribou, and gray wolves.

State: Wyoming
Established: June 7, 1913
Grand Teton National Park contains the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. The park includes Jackson Hole and lakes with endemic wildlife. The safe-covered valley is cloaked with a backdrop of craggy, tall mountains.

State: California
Established: June 7, 1913
Death Valley National Park is the hottest, lowest, and driest place in the entire country. The temps during the day have exceeded 130 degrees. The park protects canyons, badlands, sand dunes, mountain ranges, historic mines, springs, and more than 1000 species of plants which grow in the surrounding area.

State: California 
Established: October 2, 1968
Redwoods National Park protects almost half of all remaining coastal redwoods, the tallest trees on earth. There are three large river systems in the area, and 37 miles of protected coastline reveal tide pools and seastacks. The park contains several forest ecosystems that contain a wide variety of animal and plant species.

State: Utah 
Established: November 19, 1919
Zion National Park is located near Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert. The park features sandstone landmarks such as mesas, rock towers, and canyons, including the Virgin River Narrows. They are divided into four ecosystems: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest.

State: Utah
Established: April 12, 1929
Arches National Park features over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Millions of years of erosion have created these structures located in a desert climate where they serve as water collecting basins. Other formations in this area include stone pinnacles, fins, and balancing rocks.

State: California
Established: October 31, 1994
Joshua Tree National Park covers large areas of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts and the Little San Bernardino Mountains, Joshua Tree National Park gets its name from the vast stands of Joshua trees. The terrain varies greatly, from bleached sand dunes, dry lakes, rugged mountains, and scattered clusters of monzogranite monoliths.

State: California
Established: September 25, 1890
Sequioa National Park protects the Giant Forest, home to some of the world’s largest trees. Other features include over 200 caves, a segment of the Sierra Nevada including the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, and Moro Rock, a large granite dome.

State: Wyoming
Established: March 1, 1872
Yellowstone National Park features an expansive number of geothermal areas including boiling mud pots, bright colored hot springs, and erupting geyser. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River contains several high waterfalls, and four mountain ranges traverse the park. Yellowstone is best known for its high wildlife presence.

State: Washington
Established: March 2, 1899
Mount Rainier National Park is an active stratovolcano and is the tallest peak in the Cascades, covered by 26 glaciers including Carbon Glacier and Emmons Glacier, the largest in the entire United States. Most of the park is covered by subalpine and alpine forests and meadows blooming with wildflowers.

State: Utah
Established: February 25, 1928
Bryce Canyon National Park is a geological amphitheater located on the Paunsaugunt Plateau consisting of hundreds of tall colorful sandstone hoodoos which were formed by erosion in the state of Utah.

State: Utah
Established: September 12, 1964
Canyonlands National Parks landscape consists of a variety of canyons, buttes, and mesas from the Colorado and Green River. The park is divided into three districts. The park also features rock pinnacles and arches, as well as artifacts from Ancient Pueblo times.

State: Washington
Established: October 2, 1968
North Cascades National  Park features two distinct units as well as Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. The glaciated mountains feature many popular hiking and climbing trails which include Cascade Pass, Mount Shuksan, Mount Triumph, and Eldorado Peak.
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