The Next Frontier

From the beginning, America has been on the edge of the next frontier. Curious and brave individuals traveled far from home, across oceans and continents, discovering new places, meeting new people, and facing new challenges. The National Park Service shares the stories of these people—Hernando de Soto, Pierre DuguaCaptain John SmithLewis & Clark, and many others—and of the people and places they encountered along the way. Let the stories of exploration inspire your next quest.

Map of the United States showing all units of the National Park System

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Last updated: May 24, 2019