Get to Know the Parks

From diverse deserts to breathtaking mountains to expansive forests, national parks across the United States, Canada, and around the world are waiting to be explored. With expert advice from our authors, you’ll be ready to experience their natural beauty in no time.

Learn trip-planning tips for national parks both domestic and international, like when to visit Utah’s national parks or where to go in Acadia National Park. Further afield, find useful information about exploring the stark, rugged beauty of the Andes in Colombia’s Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados and taking an excursion from Bangkok to Khao Yai National Park.

Our park guides are packed with maps and helpful information including the best times to go, trip ideas, and activities. Check out our featured books Moon Glacier National Park and Moon Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, or browse all our national parks guidebooks:

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Cover of the sixth edition of Moon Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon travel handbook.


Cover of the Moon National Parks Sampler PDF

Ebook Sale & Free Trip Planner Sampler for National Parks

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This free PDF version of our National Parks Sampler combines sections of our top National Parks handbooks. It has been newly updated in 2015 and includes itineraries, trip ideas, and travel planning tips for:

Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Glacier, Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, Zion & Bryce, Grand Canyon, Four Corners, Mount Rushmore, Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains, and Acadia National Parks.

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Get Inspired With Our Most Recent National Parks Articles

From the serenity of a walk through giant, gentle sequoias to the stunning view atop mountains and gorges to the incredible natural majesty of waterfalls and spindle-thin rock arches, the world’s national parks are yours to explore. Here are our four most recent articles to get you started, or dig deeper and browse the latest Moon travel articles for all articles on both domestic and international National Parks.

View down to the ocean from atop a pali in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Chain of Craters: Driving Hilina Pali Road

Hilina Pali Road is not a pleasure ride, as the road is rough but passable. For most it probably isn’t worth the time, but for those looking for isolation and a special vantage point, this could be it.

The Clingman's Dome lookout tower at dusk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip: 5-Day Knoxville Loop

With just five days, you can explore Knoxville, traipse into Dollywood, log some quality trail time, explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park, catch an amazing firefly display, ride a steam train…and drive a short, but beautiful, section of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

A bench made of logs on the shore of Pray Lake in Glacier National Park.

Discover Two Medicine and East Glacier in Glacier National Park

Quiet and removed, Glacier’s southeast corner harbors a less-traveled wonderland. Learn about this quieter but no less stunning corner of Glacier, from the legend of Two Medicine’s naming to the area’s deep railway history to the few brave residents that remain today.

Trees cluster along the steep sides of Glacier's Going-to-the-Sun-Road.

Going-to-the-Sun Road Driving Tips

Going-to-the-Sun Road isn’t Glacier’s toughest drive by far, but being prepared with snacks and water is key, as is slowing down to respect the terrain and making sure ahead of time your route is clear and open. These tips are for Glacier novices and veteran’s both.