Closest national parks to Kennewick

Written by:
April 18, 2022
Zack Frank // Shutterstock

Closest national parks to Kennewick

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 Kennewick. National parks are ranked by closest straight line distance, measured from representative points in Kennewick-Richland, WA Metro Area and each national park. Estimated driving times are from Here and are only available within the lower 48 states. All featured distances and driving times 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.

You may also like: Highest paying jobs in Kennewick that require a graduate degree

1 / 63
Diane Fetzner // Shutterstock

#1. Mount Rainier National Park (Washington)

- Distance: 123 miles
- Driving time: 3.5 hours
- Date founded: March 2, 1899
- 2020 visitors: 1,160,754 (#18 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 236,381.64 acres
2 / 63
National Park Service/Deby Dixon // Wikimedia Commons

#2. North Cascades National Park (Washington)

- Distance: 185 miles
- Driving time: 6.0 hours
- Date founded: October 2, 1968
- 2020 visitors: 30,885 (#56 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 504,780.94 acres
3 / 63
f11photo // Shutterstock

#3. Olympic National Park (Washington)

- Distance: 229 miles
- Driving time: 6.6 hours
- Date founded: June 29, 1938
- 2020 visitors: 2,499,177 (#9 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 922,649.41 acres
4 / 63
Hank Shiffman // Shutterstock

#4. Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)

- Distance: 275 miles
- Driving time: 7.0 hours
- Date founded: May 22, 1902
- 2020 visitors: 670,500 (#26 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 183,224.05 acres
5 / 63
Pung // Shutterstock

#5. Glacier National Park (Montana)

- Distance: 298 miles
- Date founded: May 11, 1910
- 2020 visitors: 1,698,864 (#13 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 1,013,125.99 acres

You may also like: Most expensive homes for sale in Kennewick

6 / 63
Zack Frank // Shutterstock

#6. Lassen Volcanic National Park (California)

- Distance: 421 miles
- Driving time: 10.8 hours
- Date founded: August 9, 1916
- 2020 visitors: 542,274 (#29 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 106,589.02 acres
7 / 63
Bob Pool // Shutterstock

#7. Redwood National Park (California)

- Distance: 422 miles
- Driving time: 10.2 hours
- Date founded: October 2, 1968
- 2020 visitors: 265,177 (#43 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 138,999.37 acres
8 / 63
Lane V. Erickson // Shutterstock

#8. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho)

- Distance: 442 miles
- Driving time: 10.7 hours
- Date founded: March 1, 1872
- 2020 visitors: 3,806,306 (#2 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 2,219,790.71 acres
9 / 63
Zack Frank // Shutterstock

#9. Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)

- Distance: 452 miles
- Driving time: 11.0 hours
- Date founded: February 26, 1929
- 2020 visitors: 3,289,638 (#5 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 310,044.36 acres
10 / 63
Arlene Waller // Shutterstock

#10. Great Basin National Park (Nevada)

- Distance: 568 miles
- Driving time: 13.6 hours
- Date founded: October 27, 1986
- 2020 visitors: 120,248 (#50 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 77,180.00 acres

You may also like: Cities with the fastest growing home prices in Kennewick metro area

11 / 63
Stephen Moehle // Shutterstock

#11. Yosemite National Park (California)

- Distance: 589 miles
- Driving time: 15.4 hours
- Date founded: October 1, 1890
- 2020 visitors: 2,268,313 (#12 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 761,747.50 acres
12 / 63
Patrick Poendl // Shutterstock

#12. Kings Canyon National Park (California)

- Distance: 661 miles
- Driving time: 18.7 hours
- Date founded: March 4, 1940
- 2020 visitors: 415,077 (#35 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 461,901.20 acres
13 / 63
Virrage Images // Shutterstock

#13. Sequoia National Park (California)

- Distance: 686 miles
- Driving time: 18.5 hours
- Date founded: September 25, 1890
- 2020 visitors: 796,086 (#23 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 404,062.63 acres
14 / 63
Yhelfman // Shutterstock

#14. Pinnacles National Park (California)

- Distance: 689 miles
- Driving time: 14.4 hours
- Date founded: January 10, 2013
- 2020 visitors: 165,740 (#48 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 26,685.73 acres
15 / 63
Layne V. Naylor // Shutterstock

#15. Capitol Reef National Park (Utah)

- Distance: 699 miles
- Driving time: 13.4 hours
- Date founded: December 18, 1971
- 2020 visitors: 981,038 (#20 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 241,904.50 acres

You may also like: Cities with the most expensive homes in Kennewick metro area

16 / 63
Galyna Andrushko // Shutterstock

#16. Zion National Park (Utah)

- Distance: 702 miles
- Driving time: 14.2 hours
- Date founded: November 19, 1919
- 2020 visitors: 3,591,254 (#3 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 147,242.66 acres
17 / 63
ronnybas frimages // Shutterstock

#17. Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)

- Distance: 707 miles
- Driving time: 14.0 hours
- Date founded: February 25, 1928
- 2020 visitors: 1,464,655 (#15 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 35,835.08 acres
18 / 63
Bryan Brazil // Shutterstock

#18. Death Valley National Park (California, Nevada)

- Distance: 710 miles
- Driving time: 15.4 hours
- Date founded: October 31, 1994
- 2020 visitors: 820,023 (#22 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 3,408,406.73 acres
19 / 63
Manamana // Shutterstock

#19. Arches National Park (Utah)

- Distance: 724 miles
- Driving time: 13.3 hours
- Date founded: November 12, 1971
- 2020 visitors: 1,238,083 (#17 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 76,678.98 acres
20 / 63
Manamana // Shutterstock

#20. Canyonlands National Park (Utah)

- Distance: 738 miles
- Driving time: 18.3 hours
- Date founded: September 12, 1964
- 2020 visitors: 493,914 (#30 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 337,597.83 acres

You may also like: People from these metros are finding new jobs in Kennewick

21 / 63
Laurens Hoddenbagh // Shutterstock

#21. Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)

- Distance: 751 miles
- Driving time: 14.1 hours
- Date founded: November 10, 1978
- 2020 visitors: 551,303 (#28 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 70,446.89 acres
22 / 63
Zack Frank // Shutterstock

#22. Wind Cave National Park (South Dakota)

- Distance: 796 miles
- Driving time: 15.3 hours
- Date founded: January 9, 1903
- 2020 visitors: 448,405 (#33 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 33,970.84 acres
23 / 63
SL-Photography // Shutterstock

#23. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Colorado)

- Distance: 797 miles
- Driving time: 15.2 hours
- Date founded: October 21, 1999
- 2020 visitors: 341,620 (#39 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 30,779.83 acres
24 / 63
Anna Krivitskaya // Shutterstock

#24. Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)

- Distance: 801 miles
- Driving time: 16.6 hours
- Date founded: January 26, 1915
- 2020 visitors: 3,305,199 (#4 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 265,807.25 acres
25 / 63
Josemaria Toscano // Shutterstock

#25. Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)

- Distance: 801 miles
- Driving time: 18.0 hours
- Date founded: February 26, 1919
- 2020 visitors: 2,897,098 (#6 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 1,201,647.03 acres

You may also like: Highest-earning zip codes in Kennewick metro area

26 / 63
Matt Ragen // Shutterstock

#26. Badlands National Park (South Dakota)

- Distance: 838 miles
- Driving time: 15.7 hours
- Date founded: November 10, 1978
- 2020 visitors: 916,932 (#21 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 242,755.94 acres
27 / 63
Sopotnicki // Shutterstock

#27. Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado)

- Distance: 842 miles
- Driving time: 15.8 hours
- Date founded: June 29, 1906
- 2020 visitors: 287,477 (#42 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 52,485.17 acres
28 / 63
Ethan Daniels // Shutterstock

#28. Channel Islands National Park (California)

- Distance: 852 miles
- Date founded: March 5, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 167,290 (#47 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 249,561.00 acres
29 / 63
Dennis Silvas // Shutterstock

#29. Joshua Tree National Park (California)

- Distance: 885 miles
- Driving time: 19.7 hours
- Date founded: October 31, 1994
- 2020 visitors: 2,399,542 (#10 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 795,155.85 acres
30 / 63
Kris Wiktor // Shutterstock

#30. Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)

- Distance: 922 miles
- Driving time: 18.6 hours
- Date founded: September 24, 2004
- 2020 visitors: 461,532 (#32 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 107,341.87 acres

You may also like: Zip codes with the most expensive homes in Kennewick metro area

31 / 63
Felix Lipov // Shutterstock

#31. Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona)

- Distance: 923 miles
- Driving time: 18.2 hours
- Date founded: December 9, 1962
- 2020 visitors: 384,483 (#38 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 221,390.21 acres
32 / 63
kojihirano // Shutterstock

#32. Saguaro National Park (Arizona)

- Distance: 1,079 miles
- Driving time: 23.0 hours
- Date founded: October 14, 1994
- 2020 visitors: 762,226 (#24 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 92,867.42 acres
33 / 63
Alan Wu // Wikimedia Commons

#33. Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 1,118 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 5,748 (#60 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 3,223,383.43 acres
34 / 63
Galyna Andrushko // Shutterstock

#34. White Sands National Park (New Mexico)

- Distance: 1,166 miles
- Driving time: 22.5 hours
- Date founded: December 20, 2019[111]
- 2020 visitors: 415,383 (#34 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 146,344.31 acres
35 / 63
BlueBarronPhoto // Shutterstock

#35. Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota)

- Distance: 1,239 miles
- Driving time: 23.7 hours
- Date founded: April 8, 1975
- 2020 visitors: 263,091 (#44 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 218,222.35 acres

You may also like: Metros where people in Kennewick are getting new jobs

36 / 63
Doug Meek // Shutterstock

#36. Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)

- Distance: 1,256 miles
- Driving time: 24.0 hours
- Date founded: May 14, 1930
- 2020 visitors: 183,835 (#45 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 46,766.45 acres
37 / 63
ShuPhoto // Shutterstock

#37. Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas)

- Distance: 1,257 miles
- Driving time: 25.0 hours
- Date founded: October 15, 1966
- 2020 visitors: 151,256 (#49 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 86,367.10 acres
38 / 63
Sewtex // Wikimedia Commons

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

- Distance: 1,363 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 16,655 (#57 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 8,323,146.48 acres
39 / 63
MDuchek // Wikimedia Commons

#39. Isle Royale National Park (Michigan)

- Distance: 1,440 miles
- Driving time: 27.6 hours
- Date founded: April 3, 1940
- 2020 visitors: 6,493 (#59 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 571,790.30 acres
40 / 63
Eric Foltz // Shutterstock

#40. Big Bend National Park (Texas)

- Distance: 1,464 miles
- Driving time: 29.1 hours
- Date founded: June 12, 1944
- 2020 visitors: 393,907 (#37 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 801,163.21 acres
41 / 63
National Park Service, Alaska Region // Wikimedia Commons

#41. Kenai Fjords National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 1,551 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 115,882 (#52 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 669,650.05 acres
42 / 63
Paul Brady Photography // Shutterstock

#42. Gateway Arch National Park (Missouri)

- Distance: 1,567 miles
- Driving time: 28.2 hours
- Date founded: February 22, 2018[47]
- 2020 visitors: 486,021 (#31 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 192.83 acres
43 / 63
Zack Frank // Shutterstock

#43. Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas)

- Distance: 1,594 miles
- Driving time: 29.9 hours
- Date founded: March 4, 1921
- 2020 visitors: 1,348,215 (#16 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 5,554.15 acres
44 / 63
Delmas Lehman // Shutterstock

#44. Indiana Dunes National Park (Indiana)

- Distance: 1,625 miles
- Driving time: 28.5 hours
- Date founded: February 15, 2019
- 2020 visitors: 2,293,106 (#11 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 15,349.08 acres
45 / 63
Denali National Park and Preserve // Wikimedia Commons

#45. Denali National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 1,681 miles
- Date founded: February 26, 1917
- 2020 visitors: 54,850 (#53 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 4,740,911.16 acres
46 / 63
Ryjil Christianson // Wikimedia Commons

#46. Lake Clark National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 1,698 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 4,948 (#61 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 2,619,816.49 acres
47 / 63
Katmai National Park and Preserve // Wikimedia Commons

#47. Katmai National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 1,699 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 51,511 (#54 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 3,674,529.33 acres
48 / 63
Wangkun Jia // Shutterstock

#48. Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky)

- Distance: 1,810 miles
- Driving time: 32.4 hours
- Date founded: July 1, 1941
- 2020 visitors: 290,392 (#41 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 54,011.91 acres
49 / 63
Zack Frank // Shutterstock

#49. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio)

- Distance: 1,900 miles
- Driving time: 33.0 hours
- Date founded: October 11, 2000
- 2020 visitors: 2,755,628 (#7 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 32,571.88 acres
50 / 63
National Park Service, Alaska Region // Wikimedia Commons

#50. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 1,911 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 2,872 (#63 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 7,523,897.45 acres
51 / 63
Aviator31 // Wikimedia Commons

#51. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina, Tennessee)

- Distance: 1,987 miles
- Driving time: 35.6 hours
- Date founded: June 15, 1934
- 2020 visitors: 12,095,720 (#1 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 522,426.88 acres
52 / 63
Steve Heap // Shutterstock

#52. New River Gorge National Park (West Virginia)

- Distance: 2,019 miles
- Driving time: 36.7 hours
- Date founded: December 27, 2020
- 2020 visitors: 1,054,374 (#19 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 7,021 acres
53 / 63
LCGS Russ // Wikimedia Commons

#53. Kobuk Valley National Park (Alaska)

- Distance: 2,040 miles
- Date founded: December 2, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 11,185 (#58 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 1,750,716.16 acres
54 / 63
Jon Bilous // Shutterstock

#54. Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)

- Distance: 2,134 miles
- Driving time: 39.9 hours
- Date founded: December 26, 1935
- 2020 visitors: 1,666,265 (#14 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 199,223.77 acres
55 / 63
Jtmartin57 // Wikimedia Commons

#55. Congaree National Park (South Carolina)

- Distance: 2,190 miles
- Driving time: 40.3 hours
- Date founded: November 10, 2003
- 2020 visitors: 119,306 (#51 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 26,476.47 acres
56 / 63
Romiana Lee // Shutterstock

#56. Acadia National Park (Maine)

- Distance: 2,446 miles
- Driving time: 47.9 hours
- Date founded: February 26, 1919
- 2020 visitors: 2,669,034 (#8 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 49,076.63 acres
57 / 63
U.S. National Park Service // Wikimedia Commons

#57. Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida)

- Distance: 2,505 miles
- Driving time: 49.0 hours
- Date founded: October 26, 1992
- 2020 visitors: 48,543 (#55 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 64,701.22 acres
58 / 63
Simon Dannhauer // Shutterstock

#58. Everglades National Park (Florida)

- Distance: 2,557 miles
- Driving time: 47.2 hours
- Date founded: May 30, 1934
- 2020 visitors: 702,319 (#25 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 1,508,938.57 acres
59 / 63
NPS // Wikimedia Commons

#59. Biscayne National Park (Florida)

- Distance: 2,579 miles
- Driving time: 46.1 hours
- Date founded: June 28, 1980
- 2020 visitors: 402,770 (#36 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 172,971.11 acres
60 / 63
MH Anderson Photography // Shutterstock

#60. Haleakalā National Park (Hawaii)

- Distance: 2,727 miles
- Date founded: July 1, 1961
- 2020 visitors: 319,147 (#40 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 33,264.62 acres
61 / 63
jo Crebbin // Shutterstock

#61. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)

- Distance: 2,757 miles
- Date founded: August 1, 1916
- 2020 visitors: 589,775 (#27 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 325,605.28 acres
62 / 63
Sean Pavone // Shutterstock

#62. Virgin Islands National Park (U.S. Virgin Islands)

- Distance: 3,635 miles
- Date founded: August 2, 1956
- 2020 visitors: 167,540 (#46 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 15,052.53 acres
63 / 63
Tavita Togia, National Park Service // Wikimedia Commons

#63. National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa)

- Distance: 5,253 miles
- Date founded: October 31, 1988
- 2020 visitors: 4,819 (#62 highest among all national parks)
- Park area: 8,256.67 acres

Trending Now