Can You Match the State to the National Park?

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Which famous national park spans nearly 300 miles across Northern Arizona?

Alongside the Aurora Borealis, Mount Everest and the Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Its geology dates back five million years while its Native American inhabitants are said to have lived there for thousands of years.

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Established by President Wilson in 1915, the Rocky Mountain National Park is located in which state?

The Rocky Mountain National Park is the third most visited park in the United States. Tired of hiking? Just hop in the car and drive two hours across the park's 50-mile width. If you stop to take pictures though, it could take you nearly all day.

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The most popular national park in Utah is known for its vast plants and animals, can you name it?

Did you know that Zion National Park is home to 289 species of birds, 75 mammals and 32 kinds of reptiles? Located in the southwestern corner of Utah, the park sees more than four million visitors each year.

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Yellowstone National Park, home to Old Faithful, stretches across which three states?

Yellowstone National Park is not only known for its hot springs and geysers, visitors head to the park to catch glimpse of the wildlife as well. Yellowstone is home to 60 different mammal species including grizzly bears, black bears, bison, elk and gray wolves.

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With 800 miles of trails, the Great Smoky Mountains span across two states, can you name them?

The Great Smoky Mountains are the most popular national park destination in the country. The park sees more than 11 million visitors each year, including hikers trekking the Appalachian Trail. In total, 70 miles along the Appalachian journey through Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Visiting Yosemite? You must be in this state...

Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of Central California. Experts say that the best time to visit the park is in the fall, as crowds dissipate and the daytime temperatures are bearable for hiking and climbing.

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Three million people head to Maine each year to visit which national park, home of Cadillac Mountain?

Cadillac Mountain is located within Acadia National Park. It has an elevation of 1,530 feet and given its eastern-most location in North America, it is the first place to see the sunrise each morning in the United States.

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Well-known Jackson Hole can be found in Grand Teton National Park, but can you tell us which state?

In Teton County, along the Teton Mountain Range, lies Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming. While it wasn't established as a national park until 1929, Paleo-Indians are said to have migrated here nearly 11,000 years ago in search of food and shelter.

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Mount Olympus is the focal point of which national park in the state of Washington?

Olympic National Park is located near Port Angeles, Washington. Established as an official national park in 1938, Olympic is home to the famous Hoh Rainforest which receives about 150 inches of rain each year.

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Home to 26 active glaciers and 130 lakes, Glacier National Park is located in which state?

Glacier National Park runs along northwestern Montana just south of the Canadian border. The park stretches over one million acres of land and its visitors can expect to see many large mammals throughout their park treks, including grizzly bears, moose and its staple mountain goats.

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Named for its plethora of Yucca brevifolia, what is the name of this California national park?

Yucca brevifolia is the scientific name for Joshua trees. These trees are native to the Mojave Desert and can be found in stands throughout the park. Many of the park's annual visitors indulge in rock climbing along the rock ridges and sizable granite boulders.

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Known for its "hoodoos," in which state can you find Bryce Canyon?

What are hoodoos you ask? They are distinct rock formations found around the world, but most largely and most distinctively at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The hoodoos at Bryce Canyon are so vast, that they formed a natural amphitheater near its Paunsaugunt Plateau.

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You can take a ride along the scenic railroad in this national park, the only one in Ohio...

Located between two urban areas of Ohio, Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the United States. A point of interest to visitors is the Ohio and Erie Canal, which was built in the 1820s and connects Akron with the Cuyahoga River.

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In which mid-western state can you visit Gateway Arch National Park?

Did you know that Gateway Arch National Park was formerly known as Jefferson National Expansion Memorial? It gained its new name in 2018 when it was designated as an official national park. The Gateway Arch, its main attraction, is the world's tallest man-made arch.

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Containing 15 miles of beaches, Indiana Dunes National Park is located in which state?

Indiana Dunes National Park runs 25 miles along the shores of Lake Michigan. Known for its singing sands, the park covers 15,000 acres and has something for everyone: hiking, swimming, fishing, bird watching and even camping.

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The infamous Death Valley lies between two states, can you name them both?

Death Valley National Park is best known for its extreme weather conditions. It records both the driest climate and hottest temperature in North America each year. Death Valley typically has less than two inches of rainfall annually with temperatures well above 125 degrees.

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Utah boasts a high density of natural arches including the Delicate Arch in which national park?

Arches National Park is located near Moab, Utah. Did you know that the Delicate Arch stands 52-feet tall and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the park? The arch is so famous, it is even depicted on the state's license plates.

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Located in the state of Washington, which national park is home to the Wonderland Trail?

The Wonderland Trail runs 93-miles around the base of Mount Rainer. While many hikers enjoy staying low, more than 10,000 hikers attempt to summit the 14,411-foot mountain each year. Only about half are successful in this feat.

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Hot Springs National Park is located in Garland County of which U.S. state?

Hot Springs National park was established in 1832 though officially designated as a national park in 1921. As with other hot springs throughout the world, its waters are said to have medicinal properties. Therefore, many of the 1.5 million visitors each year take the plunge.

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The state of Virginia is home to which national park famous for its Skyline Drive?

Shenandoah National Park is home to the scenic Skyline Drive, one of the more favored ways to travel around the park. Stretching 105 miles long, Skyline Drive offers access to campgrounds and resorts and is a popular destination for leaf peeping in the fall.

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Where in California can you find the Giant Forest and Moro Rock?

Giant Forest is known for its giant sequoia trees spread across 1,880 acres of Sequoia National Park. Situated in the center of the park is the famed Moro Rock, a granite dome rock formation offering a nearly 360 degree view of the surrounding park area.

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Don't be fooled now, in which state can you find Capitol Reef National Park?

No, it's not located in our nation's capital. Instead, Capitol Reef National Park is found in the state of Utah. It gets its name, however, from its natural features including cliffs, canyons and sandstone domes that look like the U.S. Capitol building.

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With amazing sunrise views, Maui, Hawaii is where you'll find which of these national parks?

Haleakalā is a volcano on Maui whose name translates to "house of the sun" in the traditional Hawaiian language. More than one million visitors head to the summit of the volcano each year, particularly in the early morning hours to watch the large orange sun rise from below.

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Want to see fossils, bison, and bighorn sheep in the Badlands? Head to this state...

Want to know where the Badlands gets its name? The Native American tribe known as the Lakota originally named it for its "bad land" - or exposed rugged terrain. Receiving little to no rain fall each year, the park contains more than 200,000 acres of sharp and eroded buttes, or small hills.

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Travel to Arizona and you'll find lots of cacti, spotted owls and long-nosed bats in this national park...

Located in Tucson, Arizona, Saguaro National Park boast the largest cacti in the United States. The cacti are a source of shelter and food for many animals living in the park. This national park is so consumed with cacti, it is even named for a cactus species, Saguaro.

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President Roosevelt's historic cabin is found here, in which state is Theodore Roosevelt National Park?

Located in Medora, North Dakota, the Maltese Cross Ranch Cabin sits at the entrance of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Did you know that this park is the only national park named after a single person?

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A maze of canyons, buttes and mesas, in which state is Canyonlands National Park?

Canyonlands National Park was signed into law by President Johnson in 1964. Divided into four districts, the park includes the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the Green and Colorado rivers. Increasing in popularity each year, the park now welcomes roughly 800,000 visitors annually.

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Crater Lake National Park is the only national park in which state?

Crater Lake National Park was established on May 22, 1902. It is the fifth-oldest national park and its famed lake runs 1,949 feet deep. Roughly 13 feet of snow fall at the top of Crater Lake each year, while the lower altitudes have an average temperature of 48 degrees.

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Located in California, this national park features giant sequoia groves and a river by the same name, which is it?

Kings Canyon National Park is home to the world's second-largest measured tree, the General Grant Tree. The tree was named in 1867 after U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and is believed to be roughly 1,650 years old.

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Known for its "boxwork" and "frostwork," can you name this national park in South Dakota?

Not only is Wind Cave one of the world's longest caves, it is also considered the most dense cave in the world. Its calcite formations are found throughout its three levels, the lowest of which has boxwork mixed with frostwork and cave popcorn.

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Home to dinosaur fossils and hundreds of protected Native American sites, where in the U.S. is Petrified Forest National Park?

Petrified Forest National Park covers more than 145,000 acres of the Navajo and Apache counties of northeastern Arizona. The forest is known for its Chinle Formation, as well as widespread fossils that are said to be 250 million years old.

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Glacier Bay was discovered in 1794 by George Vancouver, in which state is it located?

Some call it global warming while others call it not! Did you know that Glacier Bay was covered in ice when it was first discovered? Today the ice has receded more than 65 miles. Nearly 600,000 glacier enthusiasts head to this national park each year, will it cease to exist one day?

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Beware of the alligators in this Florida national park...

Everglades National Park is located in Southern Florida. It covers more than 1.5 million acres of land and water making it the third-largest national park in the United States. This park serves to protect various species including the American crocodile and West Indian manatee.

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Denali National Park is home to the tallest mountain in North America, where is it located?

Did you know that the Native Alaskan people, known as the Koyukon, had referred to Denali as such for centuries? In 1896, however, it was named Mount McKinley in support of presidential candidate William McKinley. The U.S. Department of the Interior changed its name back to Denali in 2015.

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Its name translates to "green table," which of these national parks is located in Colorado?

Best known for its Cliff Palace built by the Ancestral Puebloans, Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 as it is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States.

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Head to Kentucky to visit this national park, home of the longest known cave system in the world...

Located in central Kentucky near Brownsville, Mammoth Cave National Park was established in 1941 and contains more than 400 miles of underground passageways. Despite cultural suggestions, its name has nothing to do with the existence of the woolly mammoth, the word simply refers to its size.

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Redwood National Park protects the tallest trees in the world, in which state can you find these trees?

Did you know that the Redwood National and State Parks were designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1980? Not only does the park have nearly 39,000 acres of redwood trees, it also boasts 37 miles of protected coastline along the Pacific Ocean.

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Biscayne National Park is made up of 95% water and located off the southern coast of which state?

Established in 1980, Biscayne National Park aims to protect the shoreline mangrove swamp, Biscayne Bay, the coral limestone keys and the Florida Reef. Spanning more than 170,000 acres of mostly water, the park was devastated by the effects of Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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New Mexico is home to which national park containing 117 caves?

Aren't a fan of bats? Well stay clear of the Carlsbad Caverns! This national park is home to more than 400,000 Mexican bats, many of which live in "The Big Room", the Caverns' longest cave stretching 120 miles long.

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Great Sand Dunes National Park boasts the tallest sand dunes in North America, in which state are they located?

Located between Alamose and Sanguache Counties in Colorado, Great Sand Dunes National Park sees nearly 450,000 visitors each year. While some visitors hike the dunes, others enjoy sandboarding or sledding down all 750 feet of them.

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About This Quiz

Calling all national park enthusiasts! It's time to load up the RV and hit the road. We're taking you across the country to test your national park skills. Think you can match the state to the park? Let's get going and find out!

From Grand Teton to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite to the Petrified Forest, the United States is home to 61 national parks. Each designated by a sitting president, they are protected, preserved and visited by millions of people each year. Hikers and nature lovers travel near and far to check out all that our nation's parks have to offer. But they don't always have to go too far. 

Did you know that 29 states, as well as two U.S. territories, have their own national parks? Whether you're into giant sequoias, burly grizzly bears or coral calcification, each national park has something to offer and excite everyone. So now we want to know, do you have the smarts and the love of mother earth to ace this quiz? 

It's time to put your skills to the test. If you can correctly match the national park with its state, we'd say you're the Yellowstone of them all!

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