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Explore National Parks with Moon Travel Guides

Get into the great outdoors.

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:

Featured Guidebook

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


Cover of the Moon National Parks Sampler PDF

Free Trip Planner Sampler for National Parks

Ready for your next park visit?

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

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

Download the 2015 National Parks Sampler PDF

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.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Photo © luckyphotographer/Dreamstime.com.

Day Trips to Monterey and Big Sur

Many of California’s most famous destinations are within a short drive of San Francisco. Doable in a day, these day trips to Monterey and Big Sur also make excellent overnight stays or weekend getaways.

Guatemala's impressive Maya Biosphere Reserve. Photo © Al Argueta.

Guatemala’s Biosphere Reserves

Guatemala has more than 90 protected areas encompassing about 28 percent of the country’s total land area. Among the different types of protected areas are biosphere reserves, national parks, biotopes, natural monuments, wildlife refuges, and private nature reserves. Several of these are encompassed within larger areas, as is the case with the national parks and biotopes making up the larger Maya Biosphere Reserve.

Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse. Photo © Jbatt/Dreamstime.

Where to Go in Northern California

If you can’t decide between the beach or the mountains, city nightlife or quaint historical towns, and sleeping in luxury or roughing it, then Northern California is your ultimate destination. Here you’ll find a breakdown of each distinct region in the area, highlighting their major draws and general personalities.

Punta Piñuela in Ballena Marine National Park. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Costa Rica’s Ballena Marine National Park

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena protects the shoreline of Bahía de Coronado and the waters surrounding Isla Ballena. Wildlife and bird watching are rich here, but perhaps the most pleasant draw are the places to stay near the park, with beautiful bungalows and rustic cabins surrounded by acres of forest trails. After a day spent snorkeling, watching dolphins frolic, and exploring the park, you’ll be treated to incredible meals.