All 59 National Parks Ranked

Where does your favorite park fall on the list?
Staff Writer

Photo Modified: Flickr/Anupam_ts /CC BY-SA 3.0

National Parks have become a popular escape. They bring a unique variety of gorgeous landscapes, various wildlife, adventure sports and incredible scenery.

The world’s first national park is Yellowstone. It was created in 1872. It has more than 1,800 known archeological sites, five park entrances and 301 backcountry campsites according to NPS.

Test your limits; go canyoneering at Arches National Park, snowmobiling in Crater Lake National Park and mountain biking in Big Bend National Park. Do you enjoy action packed adventures? Maybe you would rather go sightseeing.

Whatever your heart desires, America’s national treasures, also known as “America’s best idea,” will provide them to you. For you adventure seekers, hiking, biking, camping and horseback riding are common; along with kayaking, fishing and boating. For those of you looking for a laid back experience, visit national parks to see breathtaking waterfalls, wildflowers, unique glaciers, or to go bird watching and view spectacular sunrises.

To rank the parks, we did extensive research into what each of the park have to offer. We talked to several professionals who have embarked upon the incredible adventure of exploring all 59 parks in honor of their 100th anniversary.

Jonathan Irish, a National Geographic photographer who grew up in the parks, as he says, is on his way. His trip will end on Dec, 31, 2016, this the #59in52 nickname of the project called “The Greatest American Road Trip.”

Darius Nabors, who gave TEDx Talk about Bucket Lists, has been on the road since June 2015, even though he has visited most of the national parks throughout his life. He is visiting the 59 parks in 59 weeks, hence the #59in59 hashtag. 

Kathy and Peter Holocombe are outdoor lifestyle and adventure sports professional photographers. They hit the road full time in June 2014 in search of adventures.

All 59 National Parks Ranked

More Readings:

16 Most Spectacular National Parks to Visit this Spring

Most Beautiful National Parks in the Winter

The Most Incredible Adventure Destinations for Animal Lovers

Rating: 

Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

Let's Be Friends. Follow The Active Times on Facebook!