Can You Match the State to the National Park?

By: J.P. Naomi

Can You Match the State to the National Park?
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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!

Grand Canyon National Park Which famous national park spans nearly 300 miles across Northern Arizona?
Isle Royale
Cuyahoga Valley
Grand Canyon
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.
Mount Rainier

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Rocky Mountain National Park Established by President Wilson in 1915, the Rocky Mountain National Park is located in which state?
Utah
Colorado
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.
Virginia
Indiana

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Zion National Park The most popular national park in Utah is known for its vast plants and animals, can you name it?
Shenandoah
Bryce Canyon
Gateway Arch
Zion
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 Yellowstone National Park, home to Old Faithful, stretches across which three states?
California, Texas, Colorado
Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana
Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky
Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
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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Great Smoky Mountains National Park With 800 miles of trails, the Great Smoky Mountains span across two states, can you name them?
California and New Mexico
Michigan and Wisconsin
Tennessee and North Carolina
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.
Maine and Vermont

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Yosemite National Park Visiting Yosemite? You must be in this state...
California
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.
South Dakota
Missouri
Arkansas

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Acadia National Park Three million people head to Maine each year to visit which national park, home of Cadillac Mountain?
Grand Teton
Acadia
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.
Capitol Reef
Haleakalā

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

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Olympic National Park Mount Olympus is the focal point of which national park in the state of Washington?
Olympic
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.
Indiana Dunes
Theodore Roosevelt
Denali

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Glacier National Park Home to 26 active glaciers and 130 lakes, Glacier National Park is located in which state?
North Dakota
South Dakota
North Carolina
Montana
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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Joshua Tree National Park Named for its plethora of Yucca brevifolia, what is the name of this California national park?
Denali
Joshua Tree
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.
Mammoth Cave
Saguaro

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Bryce Canyon National Park Known for its "hoodoos," in which state can you find Bryce Canyon?
Texas
New Mexico
Utah
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.
Iowa

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park You can take a ride along the scenic railroad in this national park, the only one in Ohio...
Cuyahoga Valley
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.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Voyageurs
Great Sand Dunes

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Gateway Arch National Park In which mid-western state can you visit Gateway Arch National Park?
Montana
Idaho
Arizona
Missouri
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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Indiana Dunes National Park Containing 15 miles of beaches, Indiana Dunes National Park is located in which state?
Washington
Maine
Indiana
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.
New Mexico

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Death Valley National Park The infamous Death Valley lies between two states, can you name them both?
California, Nevada
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.
Florida, Georgia
Massachusetts, Maine
Ohio, New York

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Arches National Park Utah boasts a high density of natural arches including the Delicate Arch in which national park?
Isle Royale
Kobuk Valley
Arches
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.
Pinnacles

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Mount Rainier National Park Located in the state of Washington, which national park is home to the Wonderland Trail?
Mount Rainier
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.
Great Sand Dunes
Channel Islands
Katmai

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

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Shenandoah National Park The state of Virginia is home to which national park famous for its Skyline Drive?
Gates of the Arctic
Kenai Fjords
Shenandoah
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.
Crater Lake

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Sequoia National Park Where in California can you find the Giant Forest and Moro Rock?
Carlsbad Caverns
Grand Canyon
Rocky Mountain
Sequoia
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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Capitol Reef National Park Don't be fooled now, in which state can you find Capitol Reef National Park?
Maryland
Kentucky
Utah
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.
Tennessee

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Haleakalā National Park With amazing sunrise views, Maui, Hawaii is where you'll find which of these national parks?
Haleakalā
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.
Theodore Roosevelt
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Voyageurs

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Badlands National Park Want to see fossils, bison, and bighorn sheep in the Badlands? Head to this state...
Michigan
Minnesota
Massachusetts
South Dakota
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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Saguaro National Park Travel to Arizona and you'll find lots of cacti, spotted owls and long-nosed bats in this national park...
Congaree
Saguaro
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.
Lake Clark
Acadia

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park President Roosevelt's historic cabin is found here, in which state is Theodore Roosevelt National Park?
Georgia
North Dakota
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?
Texas
New Hampshire

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Canyonlands National Park A maze of canyons, buttes and mesas, in which state is Canyonlands National Park?
Iowa
Utah
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.
Kansas
Oklahoma

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Crater Lake National Park Crater Lake National Park is the only national park in which state?
Delaware
Maryland
Oregon
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.
South Carolina

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Kings Canyon National Park Located in California, this national park features giant sequoia groves and a river by the same name, which is it?
Kings Canyon
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.
Guadalupe Mountains
Mesa Verde
Big Bend

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Wind Cave National Park Known for its "boxwork" and "frostwork," can you name this national park in South Dakota?
American Samoa
Wind Cave
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.
Isle Royale
Kobuk Valley

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

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Glacier Bay National Park Glacier Bay was discovered in 1794 by George Vancouver, in which state is it located?
Minnesota
Alaska
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?
Florida
Arizona

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Everglades National Park Beware of the alligators in this Florida national park...
Gates of the Arctic
Mammoth Cave
Everglades
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.
Sequoia

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Denali National Park Denali National Park is home to the tallest mountain in North America, where is it located?
New Hampshire
Alaska
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.
Texas
Hawaii

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Mesa Verde National Park Its name translates to "green table," which of these national parks is located in Colorado?
Big Bend
Mesa Verde
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.
Dry Tortugas
Kobuk Valley

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Mammoth Cave National Park Head to Kentucky to visit this national park, home of the longest known cave system in the world...
Kings Canyon
Badlands
Mammoth Cave
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.
Mesa Verde

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Redwood National Park Redwood National Park protects the tallest trees in the world, in which state can you find these trees?
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
California
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.
Rhode Island

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Biscayne National Park Biscayne National Park is made up of 95% water and located off the southern coast of which state?
Florida
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.
Kentucky
Minnesota
Texas

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Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico is home to which national park containing 117 caves?
Kenai Fjords
Great Basin
Guadalupe Mountains
Carlsbad Caverns
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 Great Sand Dunes National Park boasts the tallest sand dunes in North America, in which state are they located?
South Carolina
Alaska
Colorado
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.
Michigan

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