Closest national parks to Honolulu

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July 13, 2022
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Closest national parks to Honolulu

Approximately 237 million people visited American national parks in 2020, representing a 28% year-over-year decrease attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. Many parks were forced to close to combat the spread of the virus, but that’s not the whole story—when the parks were open, many of them saw record crowds as throngs of people desperate to safely enjoy nature descended onto parks when they reopened.

President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 signed the act creating the National Park Service to leave natural and historic phenomenons “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Since then, our national parks have welcomed visitors from around the world to experience some of the best the country has to offer and showcase the country’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Today, the country's 63 national parks contain at least 247 species of endangered or threatened plants and animals, more than 75,000 archaeological sites, and 18,000 miles of trails.

Stacker compiled a list of the closest national parks to Honolulu. National parks are ranked by closest straight line distance, measured from representative points in Urban Honolulu, HI Metro Area and each national park. All featured distances are estimated using representative locations from the center of each metro and national park—for some places within the metro area, the actual distance may be slightly shorter or longer to reach the closest entryway to a park.

Be sure to check with individual parks before you visit to find out about ongoing, pandemic-related safety precautions at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

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#1. Haleakalā National Park (Hawaii)

- Distance: 141 miles
- Date founded: July 1, 1961
- 2020 visitors: 319,147 (#40 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 33,264.62 acres
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#2. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)

- Distance: 242 miles
- Date founded: August 1, 1916
- 2020 visitors: 589,775 (#27 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 325,605.28 acres
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#3. Redwood National Park (California)

- Distance: 2,415 miles
- Date founded: October 2, 1968
- 2020 visitors: 265,177 (#43 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 138,999.37 acres
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#4. Pinnacles National Park (California)

- Distance: 2,450 miles
- Date founded: January 10, 2013
- 2020 visitors: 165,740 (#48 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 26,685.73 acres
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#5. Channel Islands National Park (California)

- Distance: 2,510 miles
- Date founded: March 5, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 167,290 (#47 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 249,561.00 acres

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#6. Lassen Volcanic National Park (California)

- Distance: 2,515 miles
- Date founded: August 9, 1916
- 2020 visitors: 542,274 (#29 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 106,589.02 acres
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#7. Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)

- Distance: 2,550 miles
- Date founded: May 22, 1902
- 2020 visitors: 670,500 (#26 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 183,224.05 acres
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#8. Katmai National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 2,561 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 51,511 (#54 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 3,674,529.33 acres
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#9. Yosemite National Park (California)

- Distance: 2,563 miles
- Date founded: October 1, 1890
- 2020 visitors: 2,268,313 (#12 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 761,747.50 acres
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#10. Sequoia National Park (California)

- Distance: 2,584 miles
- Date founded: September 25, 1890
- 2020 visitors: 796,086 (#23 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 404,062.63 acres

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#11. Kings Canyon National Park (California)

- Distance: 2,597 miles
- Date founded: March 4, 1940
- 2020 visitors: 415,077 (#35 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 461,901.20 acres
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#12. National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa)

- Distance: 2,597 miles
- Date founded: October 31, 1988
- 2020 visitors: 4,819 (#62 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 8,256.67 acres
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#13. Olympic National Park (Washington)

- Distance: 2,651 miles
- Date founded: June 29, 1938
- 2020 visitors: 2,499,177 (#9 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 922,649.41 acres
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#14. Death Valley National Park (California, Nevada)

- Distance: 2,683 miles
- Date founded: October 31, 1994
- 2020 visitors: 820,023 (#22 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 3,408,406.73 acres
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#15. Mount Rainier National Park (Washington)

- Distance: 2,684 miles
- Date founded: March 2, 1899
- 2020 visitors: 1,160,754 (#18 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 236,381.64 acres

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#16. Kenai Fjords National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 2,687 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 115,882 (#52 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 669,650.05 acres
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#17. Joshua Tree National Park (California)

- Distance: 2,708 miles
- Date founded: October 31, 1994
- 2020 visitors: 2,399,542 (#10 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 795,155.85 acres
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#18. Lake Clark National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 2,736 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 4,948 (#61 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 2,619,816.49 acres
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#19. Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 2,766 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 5,748 (#60 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 3,223,383.43 acres
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#20. North Cascades National Park (Washington)

- Distance: 2,768 miles
- Date founded: October 2, 1968
- 2020 visitors: 30,885 (#56 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 504,780.94 acres

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#21. Wrangell–St. Elias National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 2,839 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 16,655 (#57 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 8,323,146.48 acres
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#22. Great Basin National Park (Nevada)

- Distance: 2,856 miles
- Date founded: October 27, 1986
- 2020 visitors: 120,248 (#50 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 77,180.00 acres
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#23. Zion National Park (Utah)

- Distance: 2,901 miles
- Date founded: November 19, 1919
- 2020 visitors: 3,591,254 (#3 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 147,242.66 acres
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#24. Denali National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 2,912 miles
- Date founded: February 26, 1917
- 2020 visitors: 54,850 (#53 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 4,740,911.16 acres
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#25. Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)

- Distance: 2,940 miles
- Date founded: February 26, 1919
- 2020 visitors: 2,897,098 (#6 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 1,201,647.03 acres

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#26. Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)

- Distance: 2,952 miles
- Date founded: February 25, 1928
- 2020 visitors: 1,464,655 (#15 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 35,835.08 acres
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#27. Saguaro National Park (Arizona)

- Distance: 3,013 miles
- Date founded: October 14, 1994
- 2020 visitors: 762,226 (#24 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 92,867.42 acres
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#28. Capitol Reef National Park (Utah)

- Distance: 3,013 miles
- Date founded: December 18, 1971
- 2020 visitors: 981,038 (#20 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 241,904.50 acres
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#29. Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona)

- Distance: 3,065 miles
- Date founded: December 9, 1962
- 2020 visitors: 384,483 (#38 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 221,390.21 acres
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#30. Glacier National Park (Montana)

- Distance: 3,068 miles
- Date founded: May 11, 1910
- 2020 visitors: 1,698,864 (#13 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 1,013,125.99 acres

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#31. Canyonlands National Park (Utah)

- Distance: 3,080 miles
- Date founded: September 12, 1964
- 2020 visitors: 493,914 (#30 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 337,597.83 acres
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#32. Arches National Park (Utah)

- Distance: 3,103 miles
- Date founded: November 12, 1971
- 2020 visitors: 1,238,083 (#17 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 76,678.98 acres
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#33. Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)

- Distance: 3,107 miles
- Date founded: February 26, 1929
- 2020 visitors: 3,289,638 (#5 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 310,044.36 acres
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#34. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho)

- Distance: 3,136 miles
- Date founded: March 1, 1872
- 2020 visitors: 3,806,306 (#2 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 2,219,790.71 acres
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#35. Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado)

- Distance: 3,150 miles
- Date founded: June 29, 1906
- 2020 visitors: 287,477 (#42 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 52,485.17 acres

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#36. Kobuk Valley National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 3,183 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 11,185 (#58 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 1,750,716.16 acres
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#37. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Colorado)

- Distance: 3,202 miles
- Date founded: October 21, 1999
- 2020 visitors: 341,620 (#39 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 30,779.83 acres
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#38. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 3,205 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 2,872 (#63 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 7,523,897.45 acres
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#39. White Sands National Park (New Mexico)

- Distance: 3,266 miles
- Date founded: December 20, 2019[111]
- 2020 visitors: 415,383 (#34 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 146,344.31 acres
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#40. Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)

- Distance: 3,316 miles
- Date founded: September 24, 2004
- 2020 visitors: 461,532 (#32 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 107,341.87 acres

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#41. Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)

- Distance: 3,330 miles
- Date founded: January 26, 1915
- 2020 visitors: 3,305,199 (#4 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 265,807.25 acres
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#42. Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas)

- Distance: 3,343 miles
- Date founded: October 15, 1966
- 2020 visitors: 151,256 (#49 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 86,367.10 acres
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#43. Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)

- Distance: 3,367 miles
- Date founded: May 14, 1930
- 2020 visitors: 183,835 (#45 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 46,766.45 acres
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#44. Big Bend National Park (Texas)

- Distance: 3,448 miles
- Date founded: June 12, 1944
- 2020 visitors: 393,907 (#37 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 801,163.21 acres
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#45. Wind Cave National Park (South Dakota)

- Distance: 3,465 miles
- Date founded: January 9, 1903
- 2020 visitors: 448,405 (#33 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 33,970.84 acres

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#46. Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)

- Distance: 3,504 miles
- Date founded: November 10, 1978
- 2020 visitors: 551,303 (#28 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 70,446.89 acres
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#47. Badlands National Park (South Dakota)

- Distance: 3,515 miles
- Date founded: November 10, 1978
- 2020 visitors: 916,932 (#21 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 242,755.94 acres
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#48. Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota)

- Distance: 4,005 miles
- Date founded: April 8, 1975
- 2020 visitors: 263,091 (#44 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 218,222.35 acres
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#49. Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas)

- Distance: 4,016 miles
- Date founded: March 4, 1921
- 2020 visitors: 1,348,215 (#16 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 5,554.15 acres
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#50. Gateway Arch National Park (Missouri)

- Distance: 4,149 miles
- Date founded: February 22, 2018[47]
- 2020 visitors: 486,021 (#31 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 192.83 acres

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#51. Isle Royale National Park (Michigan)

- Distance: 4,204 miles
- Date founded: April 3, 1940
- 2020 visitors: 6,493 (#59 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 571,790.30 acres
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#52. Indiana Dunes National Park (Indiana)

- Distance: 4,298 miles
- Date founded: February 15, 2019
- 2020 visitors: 2,293,106 (#11 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 15,349.08 acres
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#53. Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky)

- Distance: 4,382 miles
- Date founded: July 1, 1941
- 2020 visitors: 290,392 (#41 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 54,011.91 acres
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#54. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina, Tennessee)

- Distance: 4,539 miles
- Date founded: June 15, 1934
- 2020 visitors: 12,095,720 (#1 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 522,426.88 acres
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#55. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio)

- Distance: 4,585 miles
- Date founded: October 11, 2000
- 2020 visitors: 2,755,628 (#7 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 32,571.88 acres
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#56. New River Gorge National Park (West Virginia)

- Distance: 4,645 miles
- Date founded: December 27, 2020
- 2020 visitors: 1,054,374 (#19 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 7,021 acres
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#57. Congaree National Park (South Carolina)

- Distance: 4,718 miles
- Date founded: November 10, 2003
- 2020 visitors: 119,306 (#51 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 26,476.47 acres
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#58. Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida)

- Distance: 4,740 miles
- Date founded: October 26, 1992
- 2020 visitors: 48,543 (#55 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 64,701.22 acres
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#59. Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)

- Distance: 4,784 miles
- Date founded: December 26, 1935
- 2020 visitors: 1,666,265 (#14 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 199,223.77 acres
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#60. Everglades National Park (Florida)

- Distance: 4,845 miles
- Date founded: May 30, 1934
- 2020 visitors: 702,319 (#25 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 1,508,938.57 acres
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#61. Biscayne National Park (Florida)

- Distance: 4,891 miles
- Date founded: June 28, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 402,770 (#36 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 172,971.11 acres
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#62. Acadia National Park (Maine)

- Distance: 5,203 miles
- Date founded: February 26, 1919
- 2020 visitors: 2,669,034 (#8 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 49,076.63 acres
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#63. Virgin Islands National Park (U.S. Virgin Islands)

- Distance: 5,983 miles
- Date founded: August 2, 1956
- 2020 visitors: 167,540 (#46 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 15,052.53 acres

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