US National Parks
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US National Parks

Quest Code
#GoQuesting1002
Location
USA
Theme
Parks and public lands
Geographic Scope
National
Quest Size
Large (50-199)
Type
EveryAt leastIn Each

This quest involves visiting each of the 63 “named” National Parks in the US. #GoQuesting1002

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63 objectives
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Across the USA
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Quest Objectives

What Qualifies (?)

Only 63 of the National Park units are designated “National Parks.”

It’s a bit confusing, because the National Park Service informally calls all of its units “national parks” and is required by law to treat all of them similarly. Despite constant misinformation, being a “named” National Park offers no inherently-elevated budget or resource protections. Also, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts doesn’t qualify, even with the right words in the name.

Nonetheless, the label National Park has historically conveyed the status as the crown jewels of America’s public lands, which is why there’s been a push to rename units to capture some of the prestige—and tourism dollars.

List of Objectives

  • Acadia National Park
  • Arches National Park
  • Badlands National Park
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Biscayne National Park
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Congaree National Park
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Denali National Park
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Everglades National Park
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Gateway Arch National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Great Basin National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Hot Springs National Park
  • Indiana Dunes National Park
  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Katmai National Park
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Kobuk Valley National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • National Park of American Samoa
  • New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Redwood National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Saguaro National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Shenandoah National Park
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Virgin Islands National Park
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • White Sands National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Zion National Park

Milestones or Smaller Quests

There are a number of ways slice the National Parks into smaller quests or milestones. The most common is focusing on those located in the Contiguous US, which reduces travel costs substantially. Some questers also have a milestone of completing all of the parks West (or East) of the Mississippi. Smaller local quests can include individual states (most commonly with California), or NPS regions.

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Related Quests

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US National Park units
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NPS National Heritage Areas
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National Scenic Trails
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National Historic Trails

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