At the Heart of the American Story

With over 60 units representing an incredible diversity of landscapes and stories, your Midwest national parks have much to offer. Hike in the Black Hills, paddle in the Great Lakes, or explore a National Historic Trail. Walk in the footsteps of civil rights history. Discover the places that shaped the leaders of our nation. Learn about Native American heritage and history. Take time to reflect in a Civil War battlefield or military fort. Whatever your interest, you'll find it here in the Midwest, at the heart of the American story. 

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Find a Park

Discover the over 60 National Park Service units in the Midwest.

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Things to Do

Start your adventure! Find things to do in the Midwest.

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Trip Ideas

Browse trip idea itineraries to Midwest national parks.

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Be Inspired

Discover stories, people, and places that have shaped our nation.

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2024 Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible across much of the Midwest.

Last updated: March 15, 2024