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National Parks

Looking for the perfect retreat from the daily grind? For a fun-filled family vacation or a romantic getaway for two, a national park might be the destination for you.

National parks are playgrounds for sports and recreation, whether it's biking, kayaking or white-water rafting. Or maybe you're just looking for some peace and quiet, a hike in the woods or a walk by the water. Search these sites to get a glimpse of the 80.7 million acres of the national park system. You'll be packing your bags before you know it.

  • National Park Service
    The government's official site is the place to start. Find the park nearest you, explore job opportunities, or learn about the nature and animals at the parks.

  • National Parks Online Tour
    With 22 online tours from award-winning cinematographer Russ Finley, this site lets you travel through national parks without leaving home.

  • Destiny Destination Guides
    This site will direct you to books and guides to help you plan your park visit. Buy them online or at your local bookstore.




  • Maps of the US National Parks and Monuments
    From the Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, this site provides more than 100 park maps. Print one out and be on your way.

  • Mapping the National Parks
    This Library of Congress collection offers approximately 200 maps documenting the history, cultural aspects and geological formations of areas that eventually became National Parks. See how four National Parks were originally mapped out and tour the parks themselves.

  • Trails.com
    Browse this page of national park trails for beginner trekkers to expert trailblazers. Trails.com lists more than 20,000 trails in the United States and Canada.

  • US-Parks.com
    Use this ultimate park trip planner to book your hotel; shop for binoculars, park guides and other travel tools; find maps; choose and plan activities; and get tips for your trip. With detailed descriptions of more than 35 parks, the biggest challenge may be picking a place to go.

  • National Parks Picture Gallery
    For a stroll through the finest nature of our nation, you only need to go online. Yahoo's picture gallery of over 8,000 national park photos is the perfect virtual escape from home.

Park by Park

Once you're set on a destination, check out the official park pages for more detailed information about history, activities, lodging and parking. Here are the addresses for some popular parks.

Visit TripSpot's State Travel Guides to find more state and national parks.




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