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Introduction

National parks are natural treasures that offer breathtaking landscapes, unique ecosystems, and opportunities for outdoor recreation. California boasts the highest number of national parks with a total of 9, followed closely by Alaska with 8. These two states stand out for their diverse and expansive natural beauty, from the towering redwood forests of California to the rugged wilderness of Alaska.

While California and Alaska lead the pack, several other states also have multiple national parks. Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Washington, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming each have two or more national parks, showcasing the country’s geographic and ecological diversity. It is worth noting that national parks are not limited to states with vast wilderness; even states with more urban environments, such as Arkansas, Indiana, Maine, and Michigan, are home to at least one national park.

US National Parks by State

#StateNumber of National ParksForest Coverage
1California931.7%
2Alaska835.2%
3Colorado434.6%
4Arizona325.4%
5Florida349.3%
6Washington351.9%
7Hawaii235.8%
8Montana227.8%
9Nevada215.1%
10New Mexico231.7%
11South Dakota23.9%
12Texas237.1%
13Wyoming217%
14Arkansas156.8%
15Idaho141%
16Indiana120.8%
17Kentucky149%
18Maine188.8%
19Michigan155.7%
20Minnesota134.7%
21Missouri134.8%
22North Carolina160.3%
23North Dakota11.8%
24Ohio129.9%
25Oregon148.4%
26South Carolina166.8%
27Tennessee152.6%
28Utah134.2%
29Virginia163.6%
30West Virginia178.1%
31Alabama071.3%
32Connecticut056.9%
33Delaware028.5%
34District of Columbia0
35Georgia066.5%
36Illinois013.7%
37Iowa08%
38Kansas04.7%
39Louisiana054.3%
40Maryland039.2%
41Massachusetts059.8%
42Mississippi063.9%
43Nebraska02.9%
44New Hampshire081.9%
45New Jersey042.3%
46New York061.7%
47Oklahoma027%
48Pennsylvania058%
49Rhode Island054.5%
50Vermont076.7%
51Wisconsin048.9%

List of National Parks by State

States With the Most National Parks

The ten states with the most national parks are California, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, Washington, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, and New Mexico. California is the state with the most national parks with a total of 9. Alaska follows closely behind with 8 national parks, showcasing its vast wilderness and stunning landscapes. Colorado boasts 4 national parks, offering visitors the chance to explore its majestic Rocky Mountains. Arizona and Florida each have 3 national parks, with Arizona’s iconic Grand Canyon attracting millions of visitors every year. The state of Washington is known for its diverse natural beauty, with 3 national parks that include the famous Olympic National Park. Hawaii’s 2 national parks showcase its unique volcanic landscapes and pristine tropical ecosystems. Montana, Nevada, and New Mexico each have 2 national parks, featuring stunning mountain ranges, desert landscapes, and cultural heritage sites.

The 10 states with the highest number of national parks are:

1. California – 9
2. Alaska – 8
3. Colorado – 4
4. Arizona – 3
5. Florida – 3
6. Washington – 3
7. Hawaii – 2
8. Montana – 2
9. Nevada – 2
10. New Mexico – 2

State With Most National Parks

California is the state with the most national parks. Boasting a total of nine national parks, California offers an extraordinary range of outdoor experiences. From the stunning coastal landscapes of Channel Islands National Park to the iconic granite cliffs and waterfalls of Yosemite National Park, the state captivates visitors with its breathtaking scenery. Death Valley National Park, one of the hottest and driest places on Earth, showcases a unique desert environment, while Joshua Tree National Park features otherworldly rock formations and the iconic Joshua Trees. Other remarkable national parks in California include Kings Canyon National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Pinnacles National Park, Redwood National Park, and Sequoia National Park. Each of these parks provides visitors with opportunities for exploration, outdoor adventure, and a deep appreciation for the state’s remarkable natural wonders.

National Parks by State

Alabama

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71.3%

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Alaska

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8

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35.2%

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In Alaska, there are eight national parks, including Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, and Wrangell-St. Elias, each offering stunning wilderness, rugged mountains, and abundant wildlife.

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Arizona

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3

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#4

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25.4%

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#41

Arizona is home to three national parks, namely Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Saguaro, showcasing the magnificent landscapes of the Grand Canyon, ancient petrified wood, and unique saguaro cacti.

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Arkansas

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56.8%

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#15

Arkansas boasts Hot Springs National Park, known for its rejuvenating thermal waters and historic bathhouses.

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California

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9

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31.7%

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#35

California is the state with the most national parks including Channel Islands, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Kings Canyon, Lassen Volcanic, Pinnacles, Redwood, Sequoia, and Yosemite, offering diverse landscapes ranging from pristine islands, vast deserts, iconic trees, dramatic canyons, volcanic peaks, and majestic granite cliffs.

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Colorado

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4

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34.6%

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#33

Colorado is home to four national parks: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, and Rocky Mountain, showcasing dramatic canyons, towering sand dunes, ancient Puebloan ruins, and the majestic Rocky Mountains.

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Connecticut

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56.9%

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#14

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Delaware

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28.5%

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#38

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District of Columbia

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#34

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Florida

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3

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#5

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49.3%

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#21

Florida's national parks include Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, and Everglades, which protect unique marine ecosystems, historic forts, and the iconic Everglades wetlands.

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Georgia

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#35

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66.5%

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#7

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Hawaii

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2

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35.8%

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#29

In Hawaii, Haleakala and Hawai'i Volcanoes national parks highlight the volcanic landscapes, lush rainforests, and the active Kilauea volcano.

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Idaho

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#15

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41%

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#26

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Illinois

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#36

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13.7%

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#45

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Indiana

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#16

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20.8%

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#42

Indiana Dunes National Park in Indiana offers sandy beaches, diverse ecosystems, and stunning views of Lake Michigan.

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Iowa

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#37

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8%

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#46

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Kansas

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#38

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4.7%

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#47

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Kentucky

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#17

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49%

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#22

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Louisiana

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#39

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54.3%

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#18

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Maine

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#18

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88.8%

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#1

Maine is home to Acadia National Park, featuring rugged coastlines, granite peaks, and picturesque landscapes.

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Maryland

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#40

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39.2%

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#27

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Massachusetts

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#41

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59.8%

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#12

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Michigan

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#19

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55.7%

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#16

Isle Royale National Park in Michigan is a remote island wilderness in Lake Superior, known for its pristine forests and abundant wildlife.

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Minnesota

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#20

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34.7%

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#32

Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park offers a water-based outdoor experience with interconnected lakes and pristine wilderness.

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Mississippi

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#42

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63.9%

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#8

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Missouri

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#21

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34.8%

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#31

Missouri's Gateway Arch National Park celebrates the iconic Gateway Arch, symbolizing the westward expansion of the United States.

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Montana

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2

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#8

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27.8%

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#39

Montana is blessed with Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, where visitors can marvel at glacier-carved landscapes, pristine lakes, and abundant wildlife.

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Nebraska

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#43

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2.9%

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#49

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Nevada

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2

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#9

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15.1%

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#44

In Nevada, Death Valley and Great Basin national parks showcase contrasting landscapes of desert valleys and ancient bristlecone pines.

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New Hampshire

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81.9%

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#2

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New Jersey

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42.3%

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#25

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New Mexico

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2

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31.7%

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#36

New Mexico is home to Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands national parks, offering unique underground caverns and vast gypsum sand dunes.

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New York

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#46

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61.7%

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#10

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North Carolina

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#22

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60.3%

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#11

North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its biodiversity, scenic beauty, and Appalachian culture.

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North Dakota

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#23

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1.8%

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#50

North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park preserves the rugged badlands.

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Ohio

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#24

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29.9%

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#37

Ohio's Cuyahoga Valley National Park protects a natural corridor along the Cuyahoga River, offering serene forests, waterfalls, and historic sites.

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Oklahoma

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#47

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27%

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#40

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Oregon

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48.4%

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#24

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon showcases the deep blue crater lake within a caldera formed by a collapsed volcano.

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Pennsylvania

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#48

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58%

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#13

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Rhode Island

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54.5%

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#17

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South Carolina

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66.8%

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South Carolina's Congaree National Park preserves the largest intact expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern United States.

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South Dakota

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#11

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3.9%

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#48

South Dakota's Badlands and Wind Cave national parks exhibit striking rock formations and vast underground chambers, respectively.

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Tennessee

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52.6%

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#19

Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border with North Carolina, enchanting visitors with its misty mountains, diverse flora, and historic structures.

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Texas

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2

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37.1%

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#28

In Texas, Big Bend and the Guadalupe Mountains national parks offer rugged desert landscapes, towering peaks, and diverse ecosystems.

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Utah

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#28

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34.2%

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#34

Utah is home to five renowned national parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion, each showcasing unique rock formations, breathtaking canyons, and stunning vistas.

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Vermont

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#50

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76.7%

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#4

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Virginia

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#29

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63.6%

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#9

Shenandoah National Park in Virginia protects the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, offering stunning views and abundant wildlife.

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Washington

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3

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#6

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51.9%

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#20

Washington boasts Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic national parks, where visitors can explore glaciated mountains, alpine meadows, and temperate rainforests.

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West Virginia

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#30

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78.1%

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#3

West Virginia's New River Gorge National Park features a dramatic river gorge, rock climbing opportunities, and rich biodiversity.

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Wisconsin

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#51

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48.9%

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#23

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Wyoming

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2

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#13

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17%

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#43

Wyoming's national parks include Grand Teton and Yellowstone, famous for their majestic mountains, geothermal wonders, and iconic wildlife.

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FAQs

Which state has the most national parks ?

California is the state with the most national parks with a total of 9 parks: Channel Islands, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Kings Canyon, Lassen Volcanic, Pinnacles, Redwood, Sequoia, and Yosemite.

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