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There are presently 58 national parks in the United States of America. These are protected areas established by the United States Congress.
Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant, was the first designated national park. It was followed by Sequoia National Park and Yosemite National park in 1890.
Not all the states in the United States have national parks. In fact, only twenty-seven of them do, along with American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands. With eight each, Alaska and California have the most. They are followed by Utah with five and Colorado with four. Fourteen of US National Parks are also World Heritage Sites.
The largest national park is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which covers over 8 million acres (32,000 sq km) in Alaska. The smallest, covering just 6,000 acres (24 sq km) is Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.
Receiving over nine million visitors in 2008, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited. It is trailed far behind by Grand Canyon National Park, which received over four million.
List of US National Parks
Grand Prismatic Spring and Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
- Acadia National Park, Maine
- American Samoa National Park, American Samoa
- Arches National Park, Utah
- Badlands National Park, South Dakota
- Big Bend National Park, Texas
- Biscayne National Park, Florida
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
- Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
- Canyonlands National Park, Utah
- Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico (World Heritage Site)
- Channel Islands National Park, California
- Congaree National Park, South Carolina
- Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
- Death Valley National Park, California/Nevada
- Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
- Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
- Everglades National Park, Florida (World Heritage Site)
- Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska
- Glacier National Park, Montana (World Heritage Site)
- Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska (World Heritage Site)
- Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (World Heritage Site)
- Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
- Great Basin National Park, Nevada
- Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina/Tennessee (World Heritage Site)
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
- Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (World Heritage Site)
- Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
- Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
- Joshua Tree National Park, California
- Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska
- Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
- Kings Canyon National Park, California
- Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska
- Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska
- Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
- Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky (World Heritage Site)
- Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
- Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
- North Cascades National Park, Washington
- Olympic National Park, Washington (World Heritage Site)
- Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
- Redwood National Park, California (World Heritage Site)
- Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
- Saguaro National Park, Arizona
- Sequoia National Park, California
- Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
- Virgin Islands National Park, US Virgin Islands
- Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
- Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
- Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska (World Heritage Site)
- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Montana/Idaho (World Heritage Site)
- Yosemite National Park, California (World Heritage Site)
- Zion National Park, Utah
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