North American National Parks

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North American National Parks North American National Parks are scattered throughout the United States and Canada. I have set a goal of visiting all 107 places with a National Park designation in the United States and Canada. 60 of which are in the US National Park system and 47 in Canada.

To make the quest somewhat reasonable, I am only including places with the designation of a “national park”. That excludes places such as national historic sites, national preserves, national monuments and other similar sites.

For the purposes of this project, I am only including national parks which I have visited since March 2007, when I began my full-time travels. Since 2007, I have visited 75 of the 106 North American national parks, including the 3 that I have previously visited before 2007.

Some national parks are trivial to visit and it is just a matter getting in a car and driving. Some are extremely difficult to visit and require backcountry hiking to get to them. Likewise, the nature of each visit is determined by the park. Some national parks are easily visited in a single day, whereas others may take several days to explore properly.

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Canadian National Parks


North American National Parks 2018

  1. Capitol Reef Utah (USA #48)
  2. Canyonlands, Utah (USA #47)
  3. Arches, Utah (USA #46)
  4. North American National Parks 2017

  5. Sable Island, Nova Scotia (Canada #27)
  6. Congaree, South Carolina (USA #45)
  7. North American National Parks 2016

  8. Great Basin, Nevada (USA #44)
  9. Wapusk, Manitoba (Canada #26)
  10. American Samoa National Park, American Samoa (USA #43)
  11. Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia (Canada #25)
  12. Kejimkujik, Nova Scotia (Canada #24)
  13. Terra Nova, Newfoundland (Canada #23)
  14. Kenai Fjords, Alaska (USA #42)
  15. Wrangell-St. Elias, Alaska (USA #41)
  16. Prince Albert Saskatchewan (Canada #22)
  17. Glacier Bay, Alaska (USA #40)
  18. Katmai, Alaska (USA #39)
  19. Lake Clark, Alaska (USA #38)
  20. Denali, Alaska (USA #37)
  21. Gates of the Arctic, Alaska (USA #36)
  22. Kobuk Valley, Alaska (USA #35)
  23. Rocky Mountain, Colorado (USA #34)
  24. Great Sand Dunes, Colorado (USA #33)
  25. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado (USA #32)

  26. North American National Parks 2015

  27. Torngat Mountains, Labrador (Canada #21)
  28. Fundy, New Brunswick (Canada #20)
  29. Prince Edward Island, PEI (Canada #19)
  30. Kouchibouguac, New Brunswick (Canada #18)
  31. Dry Tortugas, Florida (USA #31)
  32. Biscayne, Florida (USA #30)
  33. Shenandoah, Virginia (USA #29)
  34. Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio (USA #28)
  35. Joshua Tree, California (USA #27)
  36. Hot Springs, Arkansas (USA #26)

  37. North American National Parks 2014

  38. Badlands, South Dakota (USA #25)
  39. Wind Cave, South Dakota (USA #24)
  40. Mount Rainier, Washington (USA #23)
  41. North Cascades, Washington (USA #22)
  42. Gulf Islands National Park, British Columbia (Canada #17)
  43. Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia (Canada #16)
  44. Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia (Canada #15)
  45. Glacier, British Columbia (Canada #14)
  46. Kootenay National Park, British Columbia (Canada #13)
  47. Yoho National Park, British Columbia (Canada #12)
  48. Nahanni, Northwest Territories (Canada #11)
  49. Wood Buffalo, Alberta (Canada #10)
  50. Elk Island, Alberta (Canada #9)
  51. Jasper, Alberta (Canada #8)
  52. Waterton Lakes, Alberta (Canada #7)
  53. Grasslands, Saskatchewan (Canada #6)
  54. Riding Mountain, Manitoba (Canada #5)
  55. Voyageurs, Minnesota (USA #21)
  56. Isle Royale, Michigan (USA #20)

  57. North American National Parks 2012

  58. Gwaii Haanas, British Columbia (Canada #4)
  59. Bryce Canyon, Utah (USA #19)
  60. Zion, Utah (USA #18)

  61. North American National Parks 2011

  62. Kluane, Yukon (Canada #3)

  63. North American National Parks 2010

  64. Gros Morne, Newfoundland (Canada #2)

  65. North American National Parks 2009

  66. Mammoth Cave Park, Kentucky (USA #17)
  67. Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina/Tennessee (USA #16)
  68. Everglades, Florida (USA #15)
  69. Guadalupe Mountains, Texas (USA #14)
  70. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico (USA #13)
  71. Mesa Verde, Colorado (USA #12)
  72. Grand Canyon, Arizona (USA #11)
  73. Death Valley, California (USA #10)
  74. Yosemite, California (USA #9)
  75. Redwood, California (USA #8)
  76. Olympic, Washington (USA #7)
  77. Banff, Alberta (Canada #1)
  78. Glacier, Montana (USA #6)
  79. Grand Teton, Wyoming (USA #5)
  80. Yellowstone, Wyoming (USA #4)
  81. Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota (USA #3)

  82. North American National Parks 2007

  83. Haleakala, Hawaii (USA #2)
  84. Hawaii Volcanoes, Hawaii (USA #1)

  85. North American National Parks Visited Prior to 2007

    I will be revisiting these parks in the course of this project

  86. Crater Lake, Oregon
  87. Pinnacles, California
  88. Lassen Volcanic Park, California
  89. Gateway Monument, Missouri

National Parks Yet To Visit

Canadian National Parks

  1. Mealy Mountains, Labrador
  2. Aulavik, NWT
  3. Nááts’ihch’oh, NWT
  4. Tuktut Nogait, NWT
  5. Auyuittuq, Nunavaut
  6. Quttinirpaaq, Nunavut
  7. Sirmilik, Nunavut
  8. Ukkusiksalik, Nunavut
  9. Qausuittuq, Nunavut
  10. Bruce Peninsula, Ontario
  11. Georgian Bay Islands, Ontario
  12. Point Pelee, Ontario
  13. Pukaskwa, Ontario
  14. Rouge, Ontario
  15. Thousand Islands, Ontario
  16. Forillon, Quebec
  17. La Mauricie, Quebec
  18. Mingan Archipelago, Quebec
  19. Ivvavik, Yukon
  20. Vuntut, Yukon

United States National Parks

  1. Saguaro, Arizona
  2. Petrified Forest, Arizona
  3. Channel Islands, California
  4. Kings Canyon, California
  5. Sequoia, California
  6. Acadia, Maine
  7. Big Bend, Texas
  8. Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands

One Reply to “North American National Parks”

  1. An ambitious list, but am sure you will see them all. The most magical hotel in the world is the Chateau Lake Louise! I have spent many a New Year there. You can ski, skate, snowshoe and toboggan. On New Year’s Eve, skier’s come across the lake carrying torches just before midnight! It’s beautiful!

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