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

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: South Dakota
Established: January 29, 1939
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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: Montana
Established: May 11, 1910
Coordinates: 48°41′48″N 113°43′6″W
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: Alaska
Established: June 7, 1913
Coordinates: 63°20′N 150°30′W
Acadia National Park covers the majority of Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park features the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast of the United States. With  granite peaks, ocean shoreline, woodlands, and large lakes. The summit of Cadillac Mountain is also known for its impeccable sunrise view on the East Coast, with hiking or driving options.
State: Maine
Established: July 8, 1916
Coordinates: 44°21′N 68°13′W
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: Alaska
Established: June 7, 1913
Coordinates: 63°20′N 150°30′W
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: Alaska
Established: June 7, 1913
Coordinates: 63°20′N 150°30′W
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: California 
Established: October 2, 1968
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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: November 19, 1919
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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: Utah
Established: April 12, 1929
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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: October 31, 1994
Coordinates: 33.79°N 115.90°W
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: California
Established: September 25, 1890
Coordinates: 36°33′53″N118°46′24″W
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: Wyoming
Established: March 1, 1872
Coordinates: 44°36′N 110°30′W
Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the state of California. It’s best known for its massive ancient sequoia trees, as well as the iconic El Capitan and Half Dome vistas.
State: California
Established: October 1, 1890
Coordinates: 37°51′N 119°33
Capitol Reef National Park is located on the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washginton. The park includes a variety of ecosystems from Pacific shoreline to temperate rainforests to the Olympic Mountains, home to Mount Olympus. 
State: Washington
Established: December 18, 1971
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The park’s Waterpocket Fold is a 100-mile monocline that shows the earth’s many geologic layers. Some other natural features the park includes are monoliths, cliffs, and sandstone domes shaped like the United States Capitol.
State: Washington
Established: June 29, 1938
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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: Washington
Established: March 2, 1899
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White Sands National Park is Located in the Tularosa Basin in New Mexico, White Sands National Park consists of a 275-square-mile field of white sand dunes made up of gypsum crystals, the world’s largest gypsum dunefield.
State: Colorado
Established: January 18, 1933
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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: February 25, 1928
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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: Utah
Established: September 12, 1964
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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.
State: Washington
Established:  October 2, 1968
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