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Grand Teton National Park, WyomingGrand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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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

  1. Acadia National Park, Maine
  2. American Samoa National Park, American Samoa
  3. Arches National Park, Utah
  4. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
  5. Big Bend National Park, Texas
  6. Biscayne National Park, Florida
  7. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
  8. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  9. Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  10. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
  11. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico (World Heritage Site)
  12. Channel Islands National Park, California
  13. Congaree National Park, South Carolina
  14. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
  15. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
  16. Death Valley National Park, California/Nevada
  17. Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
  18. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
  19. Everglades National Park, Florida (World Heritage Site)
  20. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska
  21. Glacier National Park, Montana (World Heritage Site)
  22. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska (World Heritage Site)
  23. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (World Heritage Site)
  24. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  25. Great Basin National Park, Nevada
  26. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
  27. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina/Tennessee (World Heritage Site)
  28. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
  29. Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
  30. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (World Heritage Site)
  31. Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
  32. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
  33. Joshua Tree National Park, California
  34. Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska
  35. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
  36. Kings Canyon National Park, California
  37. Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska
  38. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska
  39. Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
  40. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky (World Heritage Site)
  41. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
  42. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
  43. North Cascades National Park, Washington
  44. Olympic National Park, Washington (World Heritage Site)
  45. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
  46. Redwood National Park, California (World Heritage Site)
  47. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  48. Saguaro National Park, Arizona
  49. Sequoia National Park, California
  50. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
  51. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
  52. Virgin Islands National Park, US Virgin Islands
  53. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
  54. Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
  55. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska (World Heritage Site)
  56. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Montana/Idaho (World Heritage Site)
  57. Yosemite National Park, California (World Heritage Site)
  58. Zion National Park, Utah

Grand Prismatic Spring and Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National ParkGrand Prismatic Spring and Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
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