Theme parks, national parks and monuments across the US… plan your trip with our state-by-state guide

Planning a trip to the US in 2018? Don’t forget to take in a few of the amazing national parks and monuments along the way. Check out this state-by-state guide to what’s on offer across America.

Created by Expedia, the list contains an extensive list of parks and monuments that could otherwise pass you by. Simply find the states you’ll be visiting or travelling through and see what’s on offer.

Your American playground awaits... Source: Expedia

Your American playground awaits… Source: Expedia

With everything from mountains and glaciers to deserts and everything between, there’ll be something suitable for all fun seekers heading Stateside.

Browse the list and check out a signature attraction from each venue with this easy-to-read table.

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National parks and monuments across the US

STATE NATIONAL PARK OR MONUMENT DESCRIPTION THEME PARK RIDE
Alabama Cathedral Caverns Featuring one of the largest stalagmites in the world, “Goliath,” which measures 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. The Mighty Goliath
Alaska Denali National Park and Preserve 6,000,000 acres of wild land. Includes North America’s tallest peak: the Denali. Top of The World
Alaska Katmai National Park and Preserve Active volcanic landscape; important habitat for salmon and thousands of brown bears. Bear River
Alaska Kenai Fjords National Park A field of ice. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords’ crowning feature. On The Rocks
Alaska Kobuk Valley National Park Wooly mammoths and saber toothed cats roamed the valley 15,000 years ago. Mammoth Valley
Arizona Grand Canyon National Park One of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Beautiful geologic color and erosional forms decorate the one mile deep canyon. The Canyon Cliffhanger
Arkansas Hot Springs National Park Thermal pools that have attracted people since Native Americans called this the Valley of the Vapors.” The Healing Pool
California Death Valley National Park In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes and contrasts. The Sun and The Moon
California Joshua Tree National Park Joshua Tree is a popular southern California location for amateur astronomy and stargazing. Starry Night
California Redwood National and State Parks Housing the tallest trees on Earth, the park protects vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline. The Wooden Giants
California Yosemite National Park Known for its waterfalls, it also harbors deep valleys, grand meadows, giant sequoias and a vast wilderness area. Splash Valley
Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve The tallest dunes in North America in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Sandstorm
Florida Everglades National Park A river of grass, the park provides important habitat for rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the Florida panther. Crocodile Cruise
Georgia Okefenokee Swamp One of the largest and most primitive swamps in the country, it is a refuge for native flora and fauna including many uncommon and endangered species. Survival Swamp
Hawaii Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Double Trouble
Iowa Effigy Mounds National Monument The mounds preserved here are considered sacred by many. Numerous effigy mounds are shaped like animals, including bears and birds. The Mound Builders Adventure
Kansas Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. The Great Grass Sea
Kentucky Mammoth Cave National Park The world’s longest known cave system. Vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned its name. The Underground Labyrinth
Maine Acadia National Park Granite peaks, pine forests and historic carriage roads. One of the first places in the country to see the sunrise. The Early Bird
Minnesota Voyageurs National Park The lakes were once traversed by Native Americans, explorers and gold miners. The park is popular with canoeists, kayakers, other boaters, and fishermen. Golden Water Racer
Montana Glacier National Park Headwaters for streams that flow to the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and to Hudson’s Bay. Includes 762 lakes, including the Hidden Lake. The Hidden Lake Balloon Ride
New Mexico White Sands National Monument Dramatic landscape of rare white gypsum sand dunes. Snow Desert
North Carolina and Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park World renowned for its bio-diversity, its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is the most visited national park in the US. Blue Fog
North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt National Park This park is a memorial to one man’s love of the American landscape. Home to a wide variety of Great Plains wildlife including bison, coyotes, cougars, feral horses, badgers, elk, and at least 186 species of birds. Animal Kingdom Safari
Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park The park offers an array of preserved and restored displays of 19th and early 20th century, including railroad tours on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Nature Express
Oregon Crater Lake Deep water in a sleeping volcano. Fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and perhaps the most pristine on earth. Bottomless Sea Soaker
South Carolina Congaree This one of the highest temperate deciduous forest canopies remaining in the world. Skyscraper Canopy Freefall
South Dakota Badlands National Park The land includes isolated steep hills, canyons, pinnacles, spires and one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Jurassic Badlands
Texas Waco Mammoth National Monument This paleontological site represents America’s only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Columbian mammoths. The Sleeping Mammoth
Utah Arches National Park The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, along with hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. Red Rock Wonderland
Utah Zion National Park Hiking the Narrows in Zion is an adventure that has to be experienced. The Adventure Stream
Virginia Shenandoah National Park Mornings often bring views of a phenomenon known as a fog ocean, where the mountaintops rise from cloud-filled valleys like islands in a cottony-white sea. Cloud Islands
Washington North Cascades National Park An alpine landscape, with jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Ice Cube Adventure
Wyoming Yellowstone The world’s first national park, Yellowstone’s hidden volcano rises up in colorful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. The Numero Uno

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