15 Great U.S. National Parks

To kick off National Park Week in the United States, no entrance fees are charged this weekend—Saturday April 15 and Sunday April 16.

If you are near any National Park property today or tomorrow, I encourage you to take the time to visit it / them.

Below are pictures from 15 great U.S. National Parks and properties I have visited.

15 Great National Parks

Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park is a great day trip from Phoenix.

Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

A wonderful place to stay in Kona near Pu`uhonua o Honaunau is Kona Beach Hotel.

Great Falls National Park
Great Falls National Park, photo from Fun in Fairfax VA
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park
hugging cactus in Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park
pretty landscape at Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park
cool Joshua Tree cactus with cloudless blue sky
Joshua Tree National Park

Not too far from Joshua Tree is Palm Springs.

sublime sunset at White Sands National Park
White Sands National Monument (now a National Park!)

See also our article about the park: A Visit to White Sands National Monument

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park

Visit the Everglades one one of our favorite Scenic Drives in South Florida Near Miami

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
beautiful fall colors on Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive – Shenandoah National Park

Enter Skyline Drive n several locations, including Charlottesville.

Mount Rushmore National Monument
Mount Rushmore National Monument

Of the 417 National Parks properties, 59 are National Parks and only 128 currently charge fees. Most properties do not charge a fee, all of the time (not just this weekend). For instance, there is no admission fee to see Mount Rushmore (but there is a parking charge).

What is your favorite National Park?

What U.S. National Park property would you like to visit?

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5 thoughts on “15 Great U.S. National Parks”

  1. My favorite is Yellowstone, mostly because I lived and worked in the park in the late 90s. We just visited Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, and we’ll be visiting 3 more parks this summer: Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and Theodore Roosevelt. Can’t wait!

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