11 National Parks Easy to Get to by Plane

The variety of America’s National Parks is pretty incredible – vast lonely deserts, hauntingly beautiful mountains, amazing undersea worlds and the fascinating animals that call these ecosystems home.

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Fly + Drive

Getting to some of these parks isn’t easy (don’t let that deter you!) so  here’s a list of  popular parks that aren’t all that far from airports – relatively speaking, that is. We also acknowledge this list is by no means complete; if we missed your favorite, let us know.

You’ll have to do some driving from your airport to get to many parks, but these drives often include great scenery, too. Note: In some cases, we show you multiple cities to fly to, so be sure to compare fares to the different airports to see which city offers the best deal.

Click the city name to find the best-priced flights from your town.

Acadia National Park – Maine

Learn more about this ruggedly beautiful park on Maine’s Atlantic coast here.

  • Fly to Bangor – 45 miles away
  • Fly to Boston – 280 miles away

Biscayne National Park – Florida

Learn more about the park’s marine ecosystems including stunning coral reefs here.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park – New Mexico

Learn more about the park’s 117 caves (one of which is 120 miles long) here.

  • Fly into El Paso – 151 miles away

Glacier National Park – Montana

Learn more about this gorgeous park criss-crossed by the Going-to-the-Sun Road here.

Grand Canyon – Arizona

Learn more about this breath-taking park with its 277-mile long canyon, here.

Great Sand Dunes National Park – Colorado

Learn more about the park’s huge dunes along with mountains and alpine lakes here.

  • Fly to Pueblo – 124 miles away

Mammoth Cave National Park – Kentucky

Learn more about this vast cave system and the creatures that call it home here.

Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado

Learn more about this amazing section of the Rockies and its wildlife here.

  • Fly to Denver – 85 miles away

Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming, Montana, Idaho

Learn more about the nation’s oldest park, home to bison, moose and incredible vistas, here.

Bonus: Don’t miss Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, to the south of Yellowstone.

Yosemite National Park – California

Learn more about Giant Sequoia groves, North America’s tallest waterfall and El Capitan here.

Zion National Park – Utah

Learn more about the park’s colorful sandstone canyons and otherworldly arches here.


Published: March 26, 2014