The National Parks of the United States and Canada

Some of our greatest national parks and tips on how to make the most of them with the park pass, by booking historic inns, and the lowdown on camping on federal lands

Glacier National Park in Montana
Sunset at Glacier National Park in Montana.

The National Parks Pass - Our country's single best travel value. Full Story

Road Trip: Southern Utah - In which I attempt to visit five major national parks—Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Zion, and Capitol Reef—in just four days. Full Story

Cheap Federal Sleeps - How to camp for free on federal lands and sleep (sometimes) inexpensively in our parks' historic inns. Full Story

National Parks FREE!
About a half-dozen times a year, the National Parks Service has FREE ADMISSION DAYS so that everyone can celebrate the glory and beauty of our National Parks.

For 2012, those dates are:

• Jan 14–16
• Apr 21–29
• June 9
• Sept 29
• Nov 10–12

On these days, all 394 national parks, preserves, monuments, memorials, historic sites, etc. will be open FREE OF CHARGE to everyone.

Of course, many already are free, but 146 do charge admission, anywhere from $3 to $25. Heck, You could save $119 in Utah alone.

Learn more at
America's Most Underrated National Parks - A roundup of 10 little-known but fantastic national parks I recently wrote for, including Biscayne, Congaree, Isle Royale, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Theodore Roosevelt, Capitol Reef, Great Basin, North Cascades, Channel Islands, and Wrangell-St. Elias. (Note: these links take you off-site.) Full Story

Seven alternatives to the Grand Canyon - Ditching the Big Ditch as part of the 'Boycott Arizona' movement? Here's a baker's half-dozen nearly-as-grand canyons to help fill the void this summer. Full Story

Tracking the Winter Wolves of Yellowstone - You have to get up before dawn to track the Druid Peak pack of wolves through the wintery landscape of Yellowstone's Lamar Valley—a cradle of wildlife often called "the Little Serengeti of the Americas." Full Story

Treasures of the Olympic Peninsula - Natural hot tubs and temperate rain forests in Washington State's Olympic National Park. Full Story

On the Rocks - Hiking a Pennsylvania stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Full Story

Leaving Las Vegas...on Two Wheels - Various biking adventures around Sin City, including through the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Full Story

Endangering Our National Parks - An award-winning editorial essay on how changes to various federal laws, statutes, and policies in the early 2000s continue to threaten our national parks. Full Story

The road less traveled - A paean to America's Byways, the federal program that singles out scenic drives and historic routes across the USA... Full Story

The Unsung Parks of Western Canada - Adventures in some of the lesser-known parks of BC and Alberta: Biking Mt. Revelstoke National Park, hiking in Yoho National Park, driving right through Glacier National Park unawares, and clambering over the Continental Divide somewhere in the Canadian Rockies. Full Story

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in January 2012.
All information was accurate at the time.

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