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BIG COUNTRY

National parks were first created in the USA, where their peerless diversity includes Alaskan glaciers, Californian deserts, Floridan mangroves and Hawaiian volcanoes. Our dedicated, updated USA’s National Parks guidebook is published this April, and you’ll find some of its highlights in these pages. Whether you want to join the select number of visitors who try to bag every national park (Alaska’s more remote ones are a real challenge), or work a couple into a great American road trip, you can start to number out your wish-list right here.

US national parks in numbers

61 national parks (49 are west of the Mississippi)

9 are in California, the state with the highest nber

29 (of 50) to O states, plus two territories, have national parks

91 acres Size of Gateway Arch National Park in St Louis, Missouri (the only national park entirely within a city)

13.2 MILLION ACRES Size of Wrangell-St Elias in Alaska, the USA’s biggest

Bryce Canyon in Utah is one of the smaller national porks, but it hosts the world’s largest collection of hoodoos (chimney-like rock formations)
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