From the Mag: Our Favorite Parks

For the 100th anniversary of the National Parks, C&K editors and writers reflect on ten of our favorites

The U.S. National Park Service administers more than 84 million acres, including 59 national parks and 29 national seashores, lakeshores and rivers. Here, in the words of C&K writers and editors, are 10 of our favorites.

Sequoia National Park

Big trees and big thrills


The Missouri National Recreational River

A journey through time in South Dakota and Nebraska


Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Paddle over the horizon line of waterfalls in Tennessee and North Carolina


Wrangell St. Elias National Park

Paddle through a seascape of water and ice in southeast Alaska


Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Explore Lake Superior’s panoramic coastline in Michigan


Ozark Scenic Riverways

A secret worth sharing in Missouri


Channel Islands National Park

Experience isolation 40 miles south of Santa Cruz, California


Grand Canyon National Park

Experience America’s 2 billion-year-old river canyon in Arizona


Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks

Follow in the footsteps—paddle strokes—of great American explorers in Washington and Oregon


Big Bend National Park

Float through an isolated wilderness on the edge of Texas and Mexico


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