Often called America's Best Idea, the incredible USA National Park System - which presently includes 63 national parks and 400+ other protected areas - is by far one of the best things about the whole United States of America.
If you have any interest in exploring and adventuring in some of the USA's most stunning landscapes, then you must add a couple of these national parks (or heck all of them) to your travel itinerary. Below you will find lots of inspiration and information on the country's national parks, including full in-depth adventure guides, outlines of the best national parks to visit during each season, and even a downloadable checklist to help you keep track of what national parks you have visited, and where you still need to explore.
"If we lose wilderness, we lose forever the knowledge of what the world was and what it might, with understanding and loving husbandry, yet become. These are islands in time — with nothing to date them on the calendar of mankind. In these areas, it is as though a person were looking backward into the ages and forward untold years. Here are bits of eternity, which have a preciousness beyond all accounting.”
- Harvey Broome, co-founder of The Wilderness Society
BROWSE OUR COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO EVERY NATIONAL PARK IN THE USA
explore our national park adventure guides
KEEP TRACK OF WHERE YOU HAVE ADVENTURED
Download our FREE NATIONAL PARK CHECKLIST so you know where you have been and where you still need to go :)
Our National Park Checklist includes all 63 USA national parks + a note section in a handy 4-page downloadable and printable document. Subscribe to Backroad Packers to get yours today!