There’s so much to love about our national parks! That’s why we’ve put together a national parks checklist and map you can use to keep track of the ones you’ve visited and make plans to see the ones you haven’t. Keep reading to learn more and pick up your free printables.
We are blessed in the United States with so much natural beauty–from our oceans and lakes to beautiful mountains and deserts.
Fortunately, many of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in our country have been protected, making them available for all of us to enjoy.
There is so much gorgeous scenery to explore and so much adventure to be had in our national parks. Get out there, and explore them!
Wherever you live, there are amazing national parks near you. We decided to put them all together on a handy National Parks Checklist and Map. (You can find the printables at the end of this post.)
This is a fun way to keep track of where you’ve been and where you’d like to go. You can use this information and the printables as an educational resource for your kids too.
How many national parks are there?
So, to get started, exactly how many parks are there? The answer? There are over 420 national park sites in the United States, but there is an elite group of 63 that are considered to be the best of the best! They host millions of visitors every year, from around the country and the world.
These parks definitely deserve a spot on your bucket list. Why not plan your next vacation around one of these incredible parks?
Use our free national parks checklist printable and map to keep track of where you’ve been and where you’d still like to visit. You can learn about each park at the links below.
Printable Map of National Parks for Kids
Our free printable map shows national parks marked with a tree in the state where they’re located. You can have your children color in the tree for each park they visit. When they’ve visited all the National Parks in a particular state, they can then color in the state too!
This printable map is a terrific educational tool for kids as you plan your trip, or use it to teach your kids where each park is located and what makes it unique.
You might want to add your home to the map too. This is a good way to help children learn about distances, or talk about how many states they need to travel through to reach a certain destination.
As you check out the links below to learn about each park, you can also map the distance and route from your home–or even see how many miles you’d have to travel to visit all of these parks!
US National Parks Checklist
- Denali National Park
- 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
- Channel Islands National Park
- Death Valley National Park
- Joshua Tree National Park
- Kings Canyon National Park
- Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Pinnacles National Park
- Redwood National Park
- Sequoia National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
- Grand Sand Dunes National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Arches National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Zion National Park
Click for your national parks checklist, your map, and a cover page you can use to make this into a booklet.
While you’re here, be sure to check out all of our other free printables too!
How many parks have you visited? How will you use this national parks checklist? Leave us a comment.US National Parks Checklist & Free Printable Bucket List | #nationalparks #free #printables Click To Tweet
Best National Park Day Hikes for Beginners + 3 Important Tips for New Hikers
Get Free Admission to National Parks + Check Out Education Programs
Looking for Road Trip Activities for Kids? Pick up These Free Printable Travel Games