There are 59 National Parks in the USA. In December 2007 I visited 4 of them - Death Valley, Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon, all in the south west region of the USA. After a couple more trips to the USA visiting and photographing the parks, I was coming to the realisation that it would be quite an achievement to visit all the parks and so Quest 59 was conceived. As of March 2013, my partner Debbie and I have made it to 50 different parks.

 
The United States has 59 protected areas known as national parks, which are operated by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. National parks must be established by an act of the United States Congress. The first national park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, followed by Sequoia and Yosemite in 1890. The Organic Act of 1916 created the National Park Service "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." National parks usually have a variety of natural resources over large areas. Many of them had been previously protected as National Monuments by the President under the Antiquities Act before being upgraded by Congress. Seven national parks are paired with a National Preserve, six of which are in Alaska. While administered together, they are considered as separate units and their areas are not included in the figures below. The newest national park is Pinnacles in California, established in 2013.


Twenty-seven states have national parks, as do the insular areas of American Samoa and the United States Virgin Islands. Alaska with 8 and California (now nine) have the most, followed by Utah with five and Colorado with four. The largest national park is Wrangell–St. Elias, at over 8,000,000 acres (32,000 km2), followed by three more in Alaska; the smallest is Hot Springs, at less than 6,000 acres (24 km2). The total area protected by national parks is approximately 51,900,000 acres (210,000 km2), for an average of 895,000 acres (3,620 km2) but a median of only 317,000 acres (1,280 km2). The most-visited national park is Great Smoky Mountains, with over nine million visitors in 2008, followed by the Grand Canyon, with over four million. Fourteen national parks are designated World Heritage Sites.

 

Death Valley, California

Joshua_Tree_National_Park.html
Voyageurs_National_Park.html
Isle_Royale_National_Park.html
Acadia_National_Park.html
Cuyahoga_Valley_National_Park.html
Shenandoah_National_Park.html
Congaree_National_Park.html
Great_Smoky_Mountains_National_Park.html
Mammoth_Cave_National_Park.html
Theodore_Roosevelt_National_Park.html
Badlands_National_Park.html
Wind_Cave_National_Park.html
Yellowstone_National_Park.html
Grand_Teton_National_Park.html
Glacier_National_Park.html
North_Cascades_National_Park.html
Mt_Rainier_National_Park.html
Olympic_National_Park.html
Crater_Lake_National_Park.html
Redwoods_National_Park.html
Lassen_Volcanic_National_Park.html
Pinnacles_National_Park.html
Channel_Islands_National_Park.html
Great_Basin_National_Park.html
Rocky_Mountains_National_Park.html
Carlsbad_Caverns_National_Park.html
Great_Sand_Dunes_National_Park.html
Mesa_Verde_National_Park.html
Black_Canyon_of_the_Gunnison_National_Park.html
Saguaro_National_Park.html
Petrified_Forest_National_Park.html
Grand_Canyon_National_Park.html
Death_Valley_National_Park.html
Yosemite_National_Park.html
Sequoia_National_Park.html
Kings_Canyon_National_Park.html
Zion_National_Park.html
Bryce_Canyon_National_Park.html
Capitol_Reef_National_Park.html
Canyonlands_Reef_National_Park.html
Arches_National_Park.html
Hot_Springs_National_Park.html

National Park info page to view

Haleakalā National Park, Hawai’i

Volcanoes_National_Park_2.html

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park



Parks still to be visited and photographed: 8 Parks in Alaska and The National Park of American Samoa

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

Big_Bend_National_Park.html
Guadalupe_Mountains_National_Park.html
Haleakala_National_Park.html

Thanks to Wikipedia for Park information http://en.wikipedia.org