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"For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People." — Inscription on Roosevelt Arch, Yellowstone National Park

The United States has an extensive series of national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreational areas, and natural preserves that encompass some of the most spectacular landscapes and evocative landmarks in the country. Preserving much of the nation's scenic and cultural heritage, the vast national parks system includes icons of American patriotism such as the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite Valley, historic treasures like the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, geological curiosities such as the geysers of Yellowstone and the volcanoes of Hawaii, and memorials to the great and to the fallen of America's past.

Most national monuments and all national parks are units of the United States National Park Service (NPS) and are shown on the maps on the NPS site. A few monuments and preserves do not appear on the maps, as they are instead managed by other government agencies. These are indicated in the listings below.

  • BLM -- Bureau of Land Management
  • NOAA -- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • USDA FS -- National Forest Service
  • USFWS -- Fish & Wildlife Service

The NPS, along with the BLM and the USDA FS, also have authority over a series of historic and scenic trails. For information on these, see the National Trails System page.


Entrance fees for individual parks and sites vary considerably. In general, most historic sites and memorials have free admission or charge at most a few dollars, while most parks charge anywhere from only a few dollars to $25 for some of the most famous parks. Many parks that charge admission fees charge less if you enter the park on foot, bicycle, or motorcycle than if you drive. Additionally, most parks that charge make their admission fees good for a full 7 days. Annual passes for individual parks are also available, and tend to cost between $25 and $50. See the individual park pages for detailed admission info on each park.

As of 2014, the "National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass" sold by the NPS for $80 ($10 for senior U.S. citizens over 62, and free for U.S. members of the military and disabled persons) allows free entrance to all sites managed by the Parks Service and almost all that are managed by the Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation, though additional fees for tours, camping, and other services may be charged.

New England[edit]


  • Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton


  • Acadia National Park — Preserves a set of coastal islands with granite peaks, scenic shorelines, woodlands, and lakes.
  • Maine Acadian Culture, St. John Valley
  • Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Lubec
  • Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, Calais


  • Adams National Historical Park, Quincy — Preserves the homes and birthplaces of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
  • Boston African American National Historic Site, Boston
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
  • Boston National Historical Park, Downtown Boston and Charlestown, Boston — Preserves many sites crucial to the American Revolution, including sites affiliated with the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, Paul Revere's midnight ride, and a former navy yard that is now home to the USS Constitution, the oldest floating navy vessel in the world.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore, Cape Cod
  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Boston
  • John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, Brookline
  • Longfellow National Historic Site, Cambridge
  • Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell — Preserves a set of textile mills dating back to the Industrial Revolution.
Minute Man National Historical Park
  • Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord — Contains the sites of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the opening battle of the American Revolution.
  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, New Bedford — A historic wharf district that was once the world's busiest whaling port.
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem
  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, Saugus
  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Springfield
  • Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers
  • Westfield Wild and Scenic River

New Hampshire[edit]

  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish

Rhode Island[edit]

  • Roger Williams National Memorial, Providence — Commemorates one of the founders of the Colony of Rhode Island, an advocate for religious freedom.
  • Touro Synagogue National Historic Site, Newport


  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock — Preserves a nineteenth century managed forest and dairy farm.
  • Moosalamoo National Recreation Area (USDA FS)
  • White Rocks National Recreation Area (USDA FS)



  • First State National Monument, Dover and Wilmington — Preserves several sites that commemorate Delaware's role as the first state to ratify the U.S. constitution.


Fort McHenry National Monument
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Federal Hill, Baltimore — Site of a famous battle in the War of 1812 where Francis Scott Key saw the American flag still flying over the fort and composed the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner, which later became the country's national anthem.
  • Fort Washington Park, Fort Washington
  • Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo
  • Greenbelt Park
  • Hampton National Historic Site, Towson
  • Harmony Hall, Prince George's County
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, Cambridge — Commemorates the life of Harriet Tubman, the former slave instrumental in the operation of the Underground Railroad, the system of secret routes and safe houses used by fleeing slaves escaping north.
  • Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick — Site of a major civil war battle that was one of the last fought in Union territory.
  • Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm, Oxon Hill
  • Piscataway Park, Accokeek
  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Port Tobacco

New Jersey[edit]

  • Great Egg Harbor River
  • Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown — Site of a strategic crossroads during the American Revolutionary War, including a fort and one of George Washington's winter quarters.
  • New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve
  • Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, Paterson — Contains a beautiful waterfall that was the center of much industrial development in the area, including canals and watermills.
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park, West Orange — Thomas Edison's home and laboratory, where the motion picture camera, improved sound recordings, and the nickel-iron alkaline electric battery were invented.

New York[edit]

Statue of Liberty National Monument
  • African Burial Ground National Monument, Financial District, New York City — A site in Lower Manhattan containing the remains of hundreds of Africans buried in what was a colonial-era cemetery.
  • Castle Clinton National Monument, Financial District, New York City — A former fort at the southern tip of Manhattan that also served as an immigration station.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park
  • Ellis Island National Monument, New York Harbor, New York City — Near the Statue of Liberty is the famous former immigration station, where the ancestors of a significant portion of America's population arrived in the United States.
  • Federal Hall National Memorial, Financial District, New York City — Situated on Wall Street, this was the site of the nation's first capitol building and George Washington's inauguration as the first president.
  • Fire Island National Seashore
  • Fort Stanwix National Monument, Rome — A fort in upstate New York that was the site of a battle in the American Revolution.
  • General Grant National Memorial, Upper West Side, New York City — Grant's Tomb, the final resting place of civil war general and president Ulysses S. Grant.
  • Governors Island National Monument, New York Harbor, New York City — An island park just off the southern tip of Manhattan that was once the site of military fortifications and an army base.
  • Hamilton Grange National Memorial, Upper Manhattan, New York City — Preserves the home of founding father Alexander Hamilton.
  • Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park
  • Kate Mullany National Historic Site, Troy
  • Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site, Lower East Side, New York City
  • Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Kinderhook
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Oyster Bay
  • Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, Mount Vernon
  • Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater — Site of the Battles of Saratoga, a major turning point in the American Revolutionary War.
  • Statue Of Liberty National Monument, New York Harbor, New York City — Home to Lady Liberty, still greeting visitors to New York Harbor. Tours of the inside of the statue are available if you reserve far in advance.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, Flatiron, New York City
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Allentown, Buffalo
  • Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill
  • Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park
  • Women's Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls — Preserves a set of historic sites important to the women's rights movement, including the homes of early activists.


Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Allegheny National Recreation Area (USDA FS)
  • Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Gallitzin
  • Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, Franklin Institute, Center City West, Philadelphia — A colossal statue of the famed inventor and founding father in the rotunda of the Franklin Institute.
  • Deshler-Morris House, Philadelphia
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, North Philly, Philadelphia
  • Eisenhower National Historic Site, Gettysburg
  • Flight 93 National Memorial, Shanksville — Site where Flight 93 crashed into a field on September 11, 2001.
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Farmington — Site of a battle in the French and Indian War, where George Washington, then a British colonel, surrendered to French and Indian forces.
  • Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Point Marion
  • Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg National Cemetery, Gettysburg — Site of arguably the most important battle in the civil war. Today you can tour the battlefields, the military cemetery, and the site where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous "Gettysburg Address."
  • Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, South Philly, Philadelphia
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Elverson
  • Independence National Historical Park (Independence Hall, National Constitution Center, Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial), Old City, Philadelphia — Preserves a series of sites and icons important to the American Revolution and the nation's founding, including Independence Hall, where the constitution and the Declaration of Independence were debated and adopted, and the home of the Liberty Bell.
  • Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork — Commemorates the infamous and deadly Johnstown Flood of 1889.
  • Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park, Valley Forge — Site of the noted winter encampment during the American Revolution.

Washington, D.C.[edit]

  • African American Civil War Memorial, Shaw
  • Anacostia Park, Anacostia
  • Capitol Hill Parks
  • Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Shaw
  • East Potomac Park, Waterfront
  • Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, East End
  • Fort Dupont Park, Anacostia
  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Anacostia
  • Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Anacostia
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Shaw
  • National Japanese American Memorial To Patriotism During World War II, Capitol Hill
  • National Mall (Constitution Gardens, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, George Mason Memorial, John Ericsson National Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington Monument, West Potomac Park, World War II Memorial) — The iconic strip of parkland and monuments at the heart of the nation's capital.
  • Old Post Office Tower, East End
  • Oxon Run Parkway, Anacostia
  • Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, East End
  • President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home National Monument, Petworth — A house that served as the summer home of Abraham Lincoln as well as several other presidents.
  • Rock Creek Park (Battleground National Cemetery, Meridian Hill Park, Old Stone House, Peirce Mill, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway)
  • Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site, Capitol Hill
  • United States Navy Memorial, East End
  • White House/President's Park, West End



  • Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Dadeville — Site of the final battle of the 1814 Creek War between the U.S. government and the Native American Creek Nation.
  • Little River Canyon National Preserve
  • Russell Cave National Monument — A cave system noted for its significant prehistoric archaeological finds; site of the earliest known human settlement in the southeastern United States.
  • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tuskegee
  • Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Tuskegee


  • Arkansas Post National Memorial, Gillet — Site of a French trading post that was the first European settlement in the lower Mississippi River valley.
  • Buffalo National River
  • Fort Smith National Historic Site, Fort Smith
  • Hot Springs National Park — Situated in an urban area around a set of natural hot springs and historic bathhouses.
  • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Little Rock
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park, Pea Ridge — Site of a civil war battle that helped the Union cement control over Missouri and northern Arkansas.
  • President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, Hope


  • Andersonville National Historic Site and Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore
  • Ed Jenkins National Recreation Area (USDA FS)
  • Fort Frederica National Monument, St. Simons Island — Preserves the ruins of a British fort and town from the 18th century.
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument, Tybee Island — A masonry fort that was the site of a crucial naval battle during the civil war.
  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Kennesaw — Site of a major battle of General Sherman's Atlanta Campaign during the civil war.
  • Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site, Atlanta
  • Ocmulgee National Monument, Macon — Preserves a set of prehistoric earthworks dating over a thousand years old, including burial and ceremonial mounds.


  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Hodgenville — Preserves the birthplace and boyhood home of Abraham Lincoln, as well as a memorial with a symbolic log cabin meant to resemble the one Lincoln was born in.
  • Mammoth Cave National Park — The world's longest known cave system, with spectacular underground sights and wildlife.


  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Natchitoches — Preserves the site of two plantations.
  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Chalmette National Cemetery, Chalmette, Lafayette, visitor's center in French Quarter, New Orleans — Preserves a set of historic sites related to the Cajun culture of the area and a civil war battlefield, as well as a natural preserve of forests and swamps.
  • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, French Quarter and Tremé, New Orleans — Contains a set of sites affiliated with the creation and development of jazz in New Orleans.
  • Poverty Point National Monument, Epps — Prehistoric earthworks and mounds dating to nearly three thousand years ago.


  • Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, Baldwyn — Site of major civil war battle in which Confederate forces defeated a much larger Union force.
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Natchez National Historical Park, Natchez — Contains a pair of sites that illustrate antebellum life in the area, including a historic Natchez estate.
  • Tupelo National Battlefield, Tupelo — Site of a civil war battle where Confederate forces tried to cut Union supply lines.
  • Vicksburg National Military Park and Vicksburg National Cemetery, Vicksburg — Site of a major civil war battle that was the culmination of the Union's Vicksburg Campaign, which gave the Union control over the Mississippi River.

North Carolina[edit]

  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Flat Rock
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo
  • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, Greensboro — Site of a battle in the American Revolution that contributed to ultimate British surrender at the end of the war.
  • Moores Creek National Battlefield, Currie — Commemorates an early battle in the American Revolution in which American soldiers routed British forces from North Carolina.
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills — Commemorates the site of the first successful sustained flight by the Wright Brothers.

South Carolina[edit]

  • Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Mount Pleasant
  • Congaree National Park — Preserves a section of old-growth floodplain forest.
  • Cowpens National Battlefield, Chesnee — Site of a decisive victory in the American Revolution against British forces in the South.
  • Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston (and Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's Island) — An island fort at the mouth of Charleston Harbor that is famous as the site of the opening battle of the civil war. Nearby Fort Moultrie dates to the American Revolution, where South Carolina colonists fended off British attack.
  • Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, Camden
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park, Blacksburg — Site of a battle during the American Revolution that was a decisive victory against British forces in the South.
  • Ninety Six National Historic Site, Ninety Six


  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greenville
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Chattanooga — Preserves several sites around Chattanooga that commemorate a major civil war battle in the area that ended Confederate control of Tennessee.
  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield and Fort Donelson National Cemetery, Dover — Site of a major civil war battle in which Union forces secured control of the area, the first major successes for the Union in the war.
  • Obed Wild and Scenic River
  • Shiloh National Military Park and Shiloh National Cemetery, Shiloh — Site of an early major battle in the civil war that was one of the bloodiest in the war.
  • Stones River National Battlefield and Stones River National Cemetery, Murfreesboro — Site of a strategic Union victory in the civil war.


Arlington National Cemetery
  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Appomattox — Site of the surrender of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, thus ending the civil war.
  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, U.S. Air Force Memorial, and United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial), Arlington — The noted military cemetery overlooking Washington, D.C. that is the burial place of John F. Kennedy and the former estate of Robert E. Lee. Lee's home, the Arlington House, is open for tours. Adjacent to the cemetery are several memorials, including the iconic Marine Corps Memorial, better known as the Iwo Jima statue.
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy — Preserves portions of a former tobacco plantation where Booker T. Washington, noted African-American political leader, was born into slavery.
  • Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Middletown and Strasburg — Preserves several historic sites in the Shenandoah Valley, including a civil war battlefield and a plantation.
  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm, McLean
  • Colonial National Historical Park (Cape Henry Memorial, Colonial Parkway, Jamestown National Historic Site, Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown National Cemetery), Williamsburg area — Preserves a set of sites related to the Virginia Colony, including the site of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, and the Yorktown Battlefield, site of the final battle of the American Revolution.
  • Fort Monroe National Monument, Hampton — A former military base that was a strategic site for forts from the first colonists in the area to the civil war, when it served as a safe haven for freed slaves.
  • Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Fredericksburg National Cemetery, Fredericksburg — Preserves the site of four major battles in the civil war.
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Westmoreland County — Site of George Washington's birth and burial place of many of Washington's family members. Period buildings and furnishings are on display.
  • Great Falls Park, McLean
  • Green Springs, Louisa County
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac, Arlington — A scenic grove on the banks of the Potomac River honoring the 36th president.
  • Maggie L Walker National Historic Site, Richmond
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas — Site of two major battles in the civil war, including the war's first major battle and the site where Confederate general "Stonewall" Jackson earned his nickname.
  • Mount Rogers National Recreation Area (USDA FS)
  • Petersburg National Battlefield and Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Petersburg — Preserves sites from the civil war siege of Petersburg.
  • Prince William Forest Park
  • Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial, Brookneal — Preserves the home and plantation of Patrick Henry, a famed orator and legislator during the American Revolution.
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park, Richmond — A set of civil war sites surrounding Richmond, including battlefields and former defensive fortifications.
  • Shenandoah National Park — Contains the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its scenic forests and the cataracts of the Shenandoah River.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial, Arlington — A wooded island in the Potomac River just off of Arlington, with a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt at its center.
  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna

West Virginia[edit]




  • Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site, Chicago
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield


  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Vincennes — Contains a memorial to George Rogers Clark, who led a successful campaign against British forces in the area during the American Revolution.
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City — Preserves the site where Abraham Lincoln spent most of his upbringing. A living history farm is located in the park.



  • Father Marquette National Memorial, St Ignace — Commemorates Jacques Marquette, a French priest and explorer who established the first European settlements in Michigan.
  • Grand Island National Recreation Area (USDA FS)
  • Isle Royale National Park — Preserves a scenic wilderness on the largest island in Lake Superior.
  • Keweenaw National Historical Park, Calumet — Preserves a set of historic copper mines as well as many associated structures.
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Monroe — Site of a major battle in the War of 1812.
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


  • Grand Portage National Monument — A footpath that bypasses a set of waterfalls and rapids, once used by fur trappers in the area.
  • Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, St. Paul
  • Pipestone National Monument, Pipestone — Preserves a set of quarries for stone used in traditional Plains Indians culture to create peace pipes.
  • Voyageurs National Park — Protects scenic lakes, islands, and tall bluffs that were once populated by French fur traders.


  • George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond — Boyhood home of botanist and inventor George Washington Carver.
  • Harry S Truman National Historic Site, Independence and Grandview
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis — On the banks of the Mississippi River in Downtown St. Louis, this park commemorates the Louisiana Purchase and the westward expansion of America. The centerpiece of the park is the massive Gateway Arch, the world's tallest arch and an icon of St. Louis.
  • Ozark National Scenic Riverways
  • Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site, St. Louis
  • Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Republic — Site of the first major civil war battle west of the Mississippi River.


  • Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Wilberforce — Commemorates the life of Charles Young, the first African American national park superintendent and the highest ranking black army officer of his time.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park — Waterfalls, hills, and woods along the Cuyahoga River, as well as a section of the historic Ohio and Erie Canal.
  • David Berger National Memorial, Cleveland Heights — Honors David Berger, an American citizen who was among the Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
  • Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Dayton — Preserves a number of sites related to the Wright brothers of aviation fame.
  • First Ladies National Historic Site, Canton
  • Fort Miamis National Historic Site, Toledo
  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Chillicothe — Contains a series of ancient earthworks and burial mounds.
  • James A Garfield National Historic Site, Mentor
  • Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay — Commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.
  • William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Cincinnati



Great Plains[edit]


  • Brown v. Board Of Education National Historic Site, Topeka
  • Fort Larned National Historic Site, Larned
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site, Fort Scott
  • Nicodemus National Historic Site, Nicodemus
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Strong City


  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Harrison — Site of many well-preserved mammal fossils dating from nearly 20 million years ago.
  • Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard
  • Homestead National Monument of America, Beatrice — The first homestead obtained through the Homestead Act of 1862; contains displays about prairie homestead life.
  • Niobrara National Scenic River
  • Pine Ridge National Recreation Area (USDA FS)
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument — A set of steep hills that served as a landmark for pioneers along the Oregon and Mormon Trails.

North Dakota[edit]

  • Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Williston
  • International Peace Garden
  • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, Stanton
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park — An area of Dakota badlands home to historic sites affiliated with Theodore Roosevelt and wildlife such as bison, bighorn sheep, and wild horses.


South Dakota[edit]

Rocky Mountains[edit]

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park
  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (Montana, Wyoming)
  • Nez Perce National Historical Park (USDA FS) (Idaho, Montana) — Preserves dozens of sites related to the history of the native Nez Perce, including the sites of battles between Chief Joseph and the federal government.
  • Yellowstone National Park (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming) — The world's oldest national park, famous for its geothermal features such as hot springs, boiling mud, and dramatic geysers, including the famed Old Faithful. Also in Yellowstone is the yellow-cliffed Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and its spectacular waterfall, mountain scenery, and some of the best wildlife viewing in the country, with bison, elk, gray wolf, and grizzly bears making their home here.


  • Mesa Verde National Park — Preserves a set of spectacular cliff dwellings that were home to the Ancestral Puebloan people, including the famed Cliff Palace.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park — A scenic section of the Rocky Mountains home to picturesque lakes, alpine forests, and wildlife such as mule deer, black bears, and bighorn sheep.
  • Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, in the Eastern Plains near Cheyenne Wells
  • Yucca House National Monument, Towaoc — A mostly unexcavated Ancestral Puebloan archaeological site dating to around a thousand years ago.



  • Big Hole National Battlefield, Wisdom — Site of a battle between the U.S. government and the native Nez Perce.
  • Glacier National Park — Numerous lakes and glaciers against a backdrop of spectacular Rocky Mountain peaks.
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Deer Lodge
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Custer National Cemetery, near Billings — Site of Custer's Last Stand, a battle between Custer's U.S. soldiers and Lakota warriors.
  • Pompeys Pillar National Monument, near Billings (BLM)
  • Rattlesnake National Recreation Area (USDA FS)
  • Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, east of Great Falls (BLM)


Mormon row barn, Grand Teton National Park
  • Devils Tower National Monument — A towering stone monolith that rises dramatically above the surrounding landscape, perhaps most famous today as the setting of the climax of the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
  • Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area (USDA FS)
  • Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Fort Laramie
  • Fossil Butte National Monument, Kemmerer — Contains 50 million year old fossil beds.
  • Grand Teton National Park — Contains the iconic Teton Range, with its spectacular mountain peaks that rise dramatically from the valley floor.
  • John D Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway (Yellowstone National Park-Grand Teton National Park)



  • Grand Canyon National Park — The most famous canyon in the world, a vast wonderland of colorful cliffs and mesas carved by the mighty Colorado River.
  • Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument, adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park (BLM)
  • Hohokam Pima National Monument, Coolidge — Preserves archaeological remains including an ancient village.
  • Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Ganado
  • Ironwood Forest National Monument, Casa Grande (BLM)
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument, Camp Verde — Remarkably well-preserved cliff dwellings nearly six hundred years old.
  • Navajo National Monument, Tonalea — Preserves a set of very intact Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings.
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument — A desert landscape which is the only place in the country where the Organ Pipe Cactus grow naturally.
  • Petrified Forest National Park — Famed for its collection of petrified logs, situated in a red rock desert with numerous dinosaur fossils and Native American sites.
  • Pipe Spring National Monument — A desert spring that was the site of Native American and Mormon settlements; contains exhibits on pioneer life.
  • Saguaro National Park — Protects a mountainous stretch of the Sonoran Desert famed for its abundance of tall saguaro cacti.
  • Sonoran Desert National Monument, south of Phoenix (BLM)
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, near Flagstaff — A volcanic cinder cone made of red rocks, hence the name.
  • Tonto National Monument, Roosevelt — Preserves a set of cliff dwellings.
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park, Tumacacori — Contains the ruins of three Spanish Colonial missions, including the remarkably well preserved Mission San José de Tumacácori.
  • Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale — A two- to three-story pueblo ruin perched on the summit of a ridge.
  • Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Page (BLM)
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument, Flagstaff — Protects a set of cliff dwellings situated in a scenic canyon.
  • Wupatki National Monument, near Flagstaff — Contains the remains of multiple ancient Native American settlements.


  • Death Valley National Park — The lowest and hottest point in the country, Death Valley is a desolate landscape of sand dunes, canyons, and badlands straddling the California/Nevada border.
  • Great Basin National Park — Mountainous and desert landscapes home to bristlecone pines, the world's oldest living organisms.
  • Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (USDA FS)

New Mexico[edit]

Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
  • Aztec Ruins National Monument, Farmington — Ruins of a large Native village, including a restored kiva.
  • Bandelier National Monument — A set of scenic cliff dwellings carved out of the volcanic rock of local canyons.
  • Capulin Volcano National Monument, northeast New Mexico near Capulin — An extinct volcanic cinder cone that rises out the surrounding plains.
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park — Spectacular subterranean caverns with numerous stunning features and a large bat population.
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park — Preserves the ruins of an ancient city that was the heart of the Ancestral Puebloan civilization a thousand years ago.
  • El Malpais National Monument — A basin covered in a large lava rock field that leads to a set of sandstone bluffs.
  • El Morro National Monument, near Grants — A sandstone formation with ancient petroglyphs and inscriptions carved from European explorers into the walls.
  • Fort Union National Monument, near Las Vegas — A frontier post situated on the Santa Fe Trail.
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, near Silver City — A set of cliff dwellings situated in a high canyon wall.
  • Jemez National Recreation Area, Jemez Mountains (USDA FS)
  • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, central New Mexico near Santa Fe (BLM)
  • Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, Las Cruces (BLM)
  • Pecos National Historical Park, near Santa Fe — Contains the ruins of an abandoned village and a Spanish mission.
  • Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque — Preserves a collection of ancient petroglyphs carved on volcanic rock on a mesa overlooking Albuquerque.
  • Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, Las Cruces (BLM)
  • Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, near Taos (BLM)
  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Mountainair — Preserves the ruins of several pueblo villages and striking Spanish Colonial missions.
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve (USDA FS)
  • White Sands National Monument — A vast area of spectacular gypsum white sand dunes.



General Sherman, Sequoia National Park
  • Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, San Diego — Perched on a high coastal bluff with views over San Diego Bay, commemorating the site where the Spanish explorer Cabrillo became the first European to land on what became the U.S. west coast.
  • California Coastal National Monument (BLM)
  • Carrizo Plain National Monument (BLM)
  • Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, Keene — Home and burial place of Cesar Chavez, civil rights activist and founder of United Farm Workers.
  • Channel Islands National Park — A set of islands just off the Californian coast with a diverse population of wildlife.
  • Death Valley National Park — The lowest and hottest point in the country, Death Valley is a desolate landscape of sand dunes, canyons, and badlands straddling the California/Nevada border.
  • Devils Postpile National Monument — Basalt cliffs and a 100-foot high waterfall.
  • Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, Danville
  • Fort Ord National Monument, Seaside (BLM)
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area — Preserves a set of coastal areas in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    • Alcatraz Island, San Francisco — The infamous island prison in San Francisco Bay, once the holding site of notorious mobsters.
    • Marin Headlands — North of the Golden Gate Bridge, a hilly region with spectacular views over the Bay and San Francisco, ocean cliffs, and historic sites.
    • Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley — A forest of old growth coastal redwoods.
    • Presidio of San Francisco, with Fort Point National Historic Site, Golden Gate, San Francisco — A former Spanish, then American military post overlooking the Golden Gate, with former barracks and defense fortifications.
  • John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez
  • Joshua Tree National Park — A desert landscape noted for its stands of distinctive tall yuccas, known as Joshua trees.
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park — A set of active volcanoes including Lassen Peak, one of the largest domed volcanoes in the world.
  • Lava Beds National Monument — The largest concentration of lava tube caves in North America.
  • Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence
  • Mojave National Preserve
  • Pinnacles National Park — Protects a set of jagged volcanic peaks and talus caves.
  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, Concord — Recognizes the Port Chicago disaster, a munitions explosion during WWII that killed hundreds of sailors and civilian workers.
  • Redwood National Park — Protects the famed coastal redwoods, the tallest trees on Earth.
  • Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, Richmond — Still under development, this park preserves a portion of the Richmond Shipyards and associated structures, which churned out an unprecedented number of ships for the war effort.
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco — Contains a maritime museum and a fleet of historic ships open for tours, including a square rigged sailing ship and a ferryboat.
  • San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles (USDA FS)
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  • Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, Palm Desert (BLM and USDA FS)
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks with Giant Sequoia National Monument (USDA FS) — Sequoia is famed for its forest of sequoias, including General Sherman, the world's largest tree. Adjacent Kings Canyon National Park protects a spectacular granite canyon and another sequoia grove.
  • Smith River National Recreation Area, Crescent City (USDA FS)
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, near Redding
  • World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Tule Lake Unit, Newell — Site of a large Japanese internment camp during WWII.
  • Yosemite National Park — One of the earliest national parks, famed for its towering granite cliffs, spectacular waterfalls, and rich old-growth forests. The park is centered around the dramatic Yosemite Valley, the setting for North America's tallest waterfall and the famous Half Dome and El Capitan peaks.

Pacific Northwest[edit]

  • Nez Perce National Historical Park (Oregon, Washington) — Preserves dozens of sites related to the history of the native Nez Perce, including the sites of battles between Chief Joseph and the federal government.


  • Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, Medford (BLM)
  • Crater Lake National Park — The deepest lake in the country, famed for its clarity, situated in a spectacular volcanic caldera.
  • Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, near Baker City (USDA FS)
  • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Kimberly — Well-preserved fossils from the last 65 million years, painted in distinct colors by the many minerals in the fossil beds.
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Astoria — Commemorates the location where Lewis and Clark successfully reached the Pacific Ocean.
  • Mcloughlin House National Historic Site, Oregon City
  • Mount Hood National Recreation Area (USDA FS)
  • Newberry National Monument (USDA FS)
  • Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction — Natural marble caves with numerous prehistoric fossils.
  • Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Corvallis (USDA FS)



Mount McKinley, Denali National Park


  • Haleakala National Park — Preserves an extinct volcano and the surrounding landscape.
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — Contains Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, two of the world's most active volcanoes. Tropical forests, barren lava beds, unique volcanic features, and active lava flows are all visible here.
  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Kalaupapa — Preserves the sites of two former leper colonies on the island of Molokai.
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Kona — Contains several sites that demonstrate traditional native Hawaiian culture, including an ancient settlement and a fishpond.
  • Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (USFWS)
  • Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (USFWS and NOAA) — The largest unit of the national parks system, encompassing the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a string of reefs and small islands stretching from Nihoa Island to the Midway Islands.
  • Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Honaunau — Preserves the site of an ancient place of refuge as well as the remains of an ancient coastal village and a reconstructed temple.
  • Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Kawaihae
  • World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu — Covers a section of Pearl Harbor, site of the Japanese surprise attack that caused the U.S. to enter WWII. Several memorials are located here, most notably the USS Arizona Memorial, which straddles the sunken wreck of the USS Arizona battleship.

American Samoa[edit]

  • National Park of American Samoa — Covers land on three Samoan islands and protects coral reefs, rainforests, white sand beaches, and an abundance of sealife.
  • Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, American Samoa (USFWS/NOAA)


  • War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam — Contains former WWII battlefields, trenches, and historic structures.

Northern Mariana Islands[edit]

  • American Memorial Park, Saipan — A monument and park honoring the fallen of a WWII campaign on the Marianas.
  • Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (USFWS)

Puerto Rico[edit]

U.S. Virgin Islands[edit]

  • Buck Island Reef National Monument, Christiansted — Preserves a small island and surrounding coral reef ecosystem.
  • Christiansted National Historic Site, Christiansted
  • Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve, Christiansted — Contains the only known site where Christopher Columbus set foot on what would later be United States territory, as well as a marine and island natural preserve.
  • Virgin Islands National Park with Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument — Pristine beaches, coral reefs, and forests, along with historical sites such as the ruins of sugar plantations.
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