State and National Parks

The Midwest's plentiful state and national parks offer visitors spectacular scenery and opportunities to recreate across the region.

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A Guide to Nebraska's National Park Service Lands
A Midwest-based travel writer explores the federally-protected areas of the Cornhusker State.
Experts' Midwest State Park Recommendations
We asked, they answered. Park rangers and officials weigh in on their favorite hidden-gem state parks, as well as where they go to escape into nature.
8 Midwest State Parks That Make You Feel Like You're in a National Park 
Picture our Midwest national parks. The alien formations of the Badlands, the rippling waters of Voyageurs, the sandy slopes of Indiana Dunes. Now imagine each one has a counterpart.
The Ultimate Guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park
All aboard to Cuyahoga Valley National Park! Sandwiched between two prominent metropolitan areas, this northern Ohio park charms with its easy access, scenic train ride and prolific waterfalls.
The Ultimate Guide to Indiana Dunes National Park
Sand dunes tower over sparkling Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes National Park, a favorite among beachgoers. But rare ecosystems and fascinating history await visitors who care to look closely.

More State and National Parks

The Ultimate Guide to Badlands and Wind Cave National Parks
South Dakota packs adventure into a western pocket of the state, home to two national parks: Badlands and Wind Cave. Explore wondrous geological formations both above and below ground in these natural playgrounds.
The Ultimate Guide to Gateway Arch National Park
Gateway Arch is an icon, welcoming visitors to St. Louis—and beyond. But it's also a national park, meant to honor and preserve the city's history through a thought-provoking museum, historical sites and walking trails.
Great Getaways at Midwest National Parks

With eight official national parks and dozens more affiliated sites, the Midwest offers explorers of every kind the perfect place to celebrate the National Park Service. Here are some of our favorites.