United States National Parks in Photos

Written By: The Planet D

The United States National Parks are beautiful. There are 59 protected areas around the country and we’ve had the good fortune to visit many from Alaska to Hawaii and everywhere in between.

Pictures of United States National Parks

From the unique rock formations of Zion National Park to the towering bamboo trees of Maui you’ll be mesmerized by the striking beauty of this area.

It’s no wonder Hollywood set up their movie scene in Los Angeles. Just hours outside the city you can be in a different world, making for the perfect movie settings.

For the rest of us, these national parks are made for hiking, taking photographs, and enjoying the wonders of nature. Get lost, enjoy, and marvel at these U.S. National Parks.

Yosemite National Park

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Looking down the Yosemite Valley, one of the best United States National Parks
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Climbing in Yosemite is insane!
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Yosemite’s valley floor is beautiful

Read all about Yosemite National Park at: Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Sequoia National Park

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The magical sequoia trees in Yosemite National Park

Read more about Sequoia at 7 Epic Places to Visit in Northern California

Death Valley National Park

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On the road to Death Valley National Park
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Looking out over Death Valley National Park

Red Rock Canyon National Park

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The striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

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Blue skies against Red Rock Canyon National Park
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Bursts of colour in the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park

You may want to check out this The Ultimate California Road Trip Itinerary for a stop at Joshua Tree National Park.

Zion National Park

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The unique landscape of Zion National Park
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The entrance to Zion National Park
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Amazing detail in Zion National Park
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A river running through Zion National Park

Enjoy these amazing 10 Best Hikes in Zion National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

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The sun illuminates the Grand Canyon
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The rain threatens over the Grand Canyon

Read more at Route 66 Road Trip – Cruising The Main Street of America where we stop at the Grand Canyon

Badland National Park – South Dakota

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Read all about South Dakota at Things to do in South Dakota – 10 Not to Miss Attractions Badlands National Park Hikes and Things to do

Denali National Park Alaska

Biggest, Tallest Mountains - Mount Denali
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Enjoy more from Denali National Park at Things to do in Alaska and 28 Amazing Things to do in Juneau, Alaska

Glacier Bay National Park

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Check out our experiences at Glacier Bay 28 Amazing Things to do in Juneau, Alaska and Uncruise Alaska – The Best Alaskan Cruise

Dry Tortugas – Florida

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Arriving at the Dry Tortugas

See more of the Dry Tortugas at 27 of the Best Things to Do in Key West, Florida

Haleakala National Park – Maui

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Bamboo Forest on Maui’s Hana Highway

The Haleakala National Park is on the Hana highway and listed as one of theThe Best Stops on the Road to Hana

Glacier National Park

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The Two Medicine Area is a great place for hiking and camping in Glacier National Park.

Check out 9 of the Best Glacier National Park Hikes

American Samoa

Read about our stop at American Samoa on What to Expect on a South Pacific Cruise with Holland America

Everglades

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Swampland of First Landing State Park

Enjoy information about the Everglads NP at the Best Places to Visit in Florida

Isle Royale Michigan

Read all about Michigan Travel at Fun and Unique Things to do in Northern Michigan and The Very Best Places to Visit in Michigan

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Read more about Rocky Mountain National Park at 15 Best Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

And these are the best national parks in America in photos. How many national parks have you been to in the United States?.

The United States National Parks are beautiful. There are 59 protected areas and some of the most dramatic are found in the Southwest corner of the country.
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About The Planet D

Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil are the owners and founders of The Planet D. After traveling to 115 countries, on all 7 continents over the past 13 years they have become one of the foremost experts in travel. Being recognized as top travel bloggers and influencers by the likes of Forbes Magazine, the Society of American Travel Writers and USA Today has allowed them to become leaders in their field.

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17 thoughts on “United States National Parks in Photos”

  1. Born and raised in the Great Southwest. These are my old stomping grounds. Too majestic to ever be taken for granted. I love the desert and the mountains. Another favorite of mine, not depicted here is Yellowstone.

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    • Yes, Yellowstone is sadly omitted because we haven’t been there yet. But we’re hoping to go one day soon. The US National Parks are amazing.

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  2. Bookmarked! This looks like an amazing road trip route! The USA has never been high on my travel wish list, although I do admit, the national parks look amazing. I think the main reason I would visit the states is for the parks and them alone.

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  3. Wow, your photos are just beautiful. I have been to the Grand Canyon and Red Rock, but haven’t yet made my way to the other national parks. One day I will have to go on a road trip and visit all these beautiful places.

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  4. You’re inspiring me to plan a road trip through the USA, I’d forgotten just how many incredible landscape blanket the States!

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    • Thanks Charli. You are so right, it’s easy to forget just how beautiful a place is when we haven’t seen it in a while. That’s why we love going through our photos too, it’s like traveling twice!

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    • Hi Emily, Antelope Canyon is pretty amazing. It’s a short window of light in the canyon so it makes for a challenge and adventure to get the perfect shot. Definitely a must visit for photographers.

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  5. You guys, this post just comes at the perfect time! I’m planning a road trip in the US and needed an overview of the different national parks and nature highlights. Yosemite, Antelope canyon and stargazing in Utah is right at the top of my list. THANKS!

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    • Awesome! Have an amazing time. I think a road trip through this area is so magical. We can’t wait to hear all about your upcoming trip and we’ll be sure to check out your blog for updats.

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