Some days we all just need a national park vacation. When it’s not an option for us to jump in the car for a road trip, the next best thing are national park webcams.
Thanks to the handy work of rangers around the National Park Service, we are now able to visit an incredible number of parks via the web. So many so, Montana State University maintains a database, a map and a collection of screenshots from great moments on the cams.
Some of ParkChaser’s favorites include the Old Faithful Cam in Yellowstone National Park and the Kilauea Caldera in Hawaii National Park, especially during the recent years when the volcano was more active.
Just be sure to keep the season in mind when checking on national park webcams. Many of the parks have frigid winter temperatures, leaving the cameras to fend for themselves or offline for the season.
11 Best National Park Webcams for A Virtual Get-Away
1. Channel Islands Live Bald Eagle Webcam
2. Yellowstone National Park
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3. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii has webcams that you will certainly want to check out anytime the volcano is active such as early in 2014 when it was consistently churning. Some of the webcams maintained by the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have heat-resistant technology to allow you to see deep into the active volcano crater.
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4. Katmai National Park and Preserve
- Bear fans will enjoy the salmon season on Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve web cameras. They have a series of webcams focusing on river areas like Brooks Falls that Alaskan brown bears frequent.
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5. Yosemite National Park
- Visitors who long for a trip up the granite slope of Half Dome will love webcams maintained by the Yosemite Conservancy. Yosemite National Park also has webcams focused on El Capitan, the Merced River, and Yosemite Falls. This webcam, located at about 8,000 feet in elevation, shows Half Dome and the surrounding high country – Image courtesy of Yosemite Conservancy and Yosemite National Park
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6. Glacier National Park
- Glacier National Park maintains 9 webcams in the park including the park headquarters and lookout from the top of Apgar Mountain. Glacier’s webcams were some of the first to go online in the country.
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7. Rocky Mountain National Park
- Rocky Mountain National Park boasts one of the highest visitor centers in the United States. That makes the webcam that overlooks the Alpine Visitor Center area one of the highest too.
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8. Denali Sled-Dog Camera
- Many National Park fans are unaware that Denali breeds a litter of sled-dog puppies each season. Beginning in spring and early summer of each year, one of Denali’s webcams is centered live on the puppy kennel where viewers can watch the puppies grow under the careful watch of the park rangers.
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9. Mount Rainier National Park
- Ever wonder what Paradise looks like? Mount Rainier National Park has a number of webcams fixed on the Paradise Visitor Center Area. Keep track of the winter road status, take in the views of the mountain side, or just enjoy a few minutes of get-away.
10. Climber’s Ranch – Grand Teton National Park
- It is not often that the peaks of the Grand Teton range are visible through the foggy clouds on Grand Teton National Park’s webcams.
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11. Padre Islands National Seashore
- For a real beach get-away, visit the webcam of Padre Islands National Seashore in Texas. Pointed straight out to the Gulf of Mexico, visitors can enjoy the waves and some sunshine from miles away.