Many people enjoy hiking, nature walking, nature observation, fishing and hunting. Many folks keep a nature observation journal to record their memories and destinations. You certainly don't need to book a trip to Lemaire Channel to see a stunning vista. Our great country offers many vistas where great memories and enjoying times can be experienced. National parks, national wildlife refuges, state, and local parks offer many opportunities to get out and enjoy spectacular scenery, wildlife, fresh air and clear starry nights away from urban light pollution. From alpine tundra and snowy mountains of Alaska to the wetlands of the Everglades in Florida, our country has many opportunities to explore. Landmarks, ancient lava flows, and archeological sites are just some of the more rare treasures that our National Parks have to offer.
Learn more about national landmarks, trails, and parks below.
National Natural Landmarks
Recognizing and encouraging the conservation of sites that contain outstanding biological and geological resources, National Natural Landmarks are selected for their outstanding condition, illustrative value, rarity, diversity, and value to science and education. It is the only natural areas program of national scope that recognizes the best examples of biological and geological features in both public and private ownership.
With over 600 landmarks bearing the designation of a National Natural Landmark, there is surely some of the most spectacular landmarks in the country which illustrate the rich and diverse tapestry of the country's natural landscape. A few National Natural Landmarks include:
- Diamond Head Volcanic Crater, HI
- Dunes Nature Preserve, IN
- Gardens of the Gods, CO
- Burney Falls, CA
Learn More>> National Natural Landmarks
National Historic TrialsThese trails provide for outdoor recreation needs, promote the enjoyment, appreciation, and preservation of open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources, and encourage public access and citizen involvement. Many opportunities to check out the many trails that explore such historic topics such as:
- Continental Divide
- Trail of Tears
- Pony Express
- Lewis & Clark
- Many more...
National Park ListHere is a list, by state, of all of the National Parks in the USA. Please note that National Monuments, National Recreation Areas, National Historical Parks, National Historical Sites, and National Military Parks are not included in this list.
Gates of the Arctic National Park
Glacier Bay National Park
Katmai National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park
Kobuk Valley National Park
Lake Clark National Park
Wrangell-St Elias National Park
Petrified Forest National Park
Saguaro National Park
Death Valley National Park (see also Nevada)
Joshua Tree National Park
Kings Canyon National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Redwood National Park
Sequoia National Park
Yosemite National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Everglades National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Yellowstone National Park (see also Wyoming and Idaho)
Great Basin National Park
Wind Cave National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capital Reef National Park
Zion National Park
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
Yellowstone National Park (see also Montana and Idaho)
US Territories National Park
US Virgin Islands National Park
National Wildlife Refuges
In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt created a “Federal Bird Reservation” at Pelican Island in Florida to save brown pelicans. This was a pivotal moment for the conservation movement in that it established the groundwork for what would become the National Wildlife Refuge System.
More than 560 national wildlife refuges have been established across the country, with at least one in every U.S. state and territory. Millions of Americans visit and enjoy these protected areas up close each year. The national wildlife refuges offer activities such as hiking, photography, fishing, hunting, wildlife-watching, canoeing, kayaking, and environmental education.
To learn more about the National Wildlife Refuge
Learn more about State Parks here.