Are Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon some of your favorite places on the planet? Do you know which state you'd have to visit to explore Zion, Acadia or Grand Teton? If you're a national park natural, take our quiz to see how well you can match each park to its state!
Some spots are so majestic, so awe-inspiring, so filled with irreplaceable natural resources or wildlife that they are just too precious for private ownership. To prevent these areas from ever being developed and preserve them for future generations to enjoy, the U.S. government names them as national parks, monuments, and landmarks.
This process of preservation began in 1864 with the Yosemite Act, which ensured Yosemite could never be privately owned. It continued in 1872 when Congress officially declared Yellowstone to be the very first National Park in the country. Since then, 57 more National Parks have followed, ranging from the massive Wrangell-St. Elias to the much smaller Hot Springs.
As of 2018, more than 300 million people visit the national parks each year to take in the sites, embrace nature, and take comfort in the fact that these lands are forever protected.
Think you know everything there is to know about the parks? Take our quiz to see if you can match the National Park to its state!