Explore Our National Park System!

America offers more than just "national parks," but before you dive into the comprehensive list below that includes monuments, historic sites, memorials, trails, rivers, battlefields and more, start with the Traveler's Essential Park Guides to some of our most enticing national park vacations.

National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guides

Organizing a national park vacation can take a lot of planning, but with the Essential Park Guides below it shouldn't be hard work. You'll want to consider lodging possibilities, know what camping options exist, and look into the all activities available.

The following multi-page national park primers offer overviews of their respective parks, lodging, camping, and hiking opportunities, and other aspects of the parks, such as wildlife resources. These are "living" profiles and will continue to evolve, so check back from time to time to see what additions have been made.

Traveler's Comprehensive Overview of the National Park System

Below is a complete listing of the various units of the National Park System and stories we've written about them (the default for units that have not yet appeared in the Traveler is the respective nps.gov site).

National Parks

National Battlefield (Battlefields, parks, sites, etc)

National Cemetery

National Heritage Corridors

National Historic Areas

National Historic Sites

National Historical Parks


National Lakeshores

National Memorial

National Military Parks

National Monuments

National Parkways

National Preserve

National Recreation Areas

National Rivers (Scenic, wild, etc)

National Seashores

National Trails

Miscellaneous Sites