14 Feb The Best National Parks to Visit
One of the most awe-inspiring things you can do is visit Mother Nature in all her glory. National parks are the perfect destinations to scratch this itch and take a classic American road trip with your special someone by your side. But there are so many parks, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. How do you know where to start?
Acadia National Park
Maine is known for a variety of things. For foodies, the fresh crab and fish you can catch off the coast are a fantastic incentive to visit. There’s also the foliage, which looks stunning in the fall months. Another one of the state’s crown jewels is Acadia National Park.
Featuring beaches that will take your breath away and forests that make you realize how incredibly beautiful nature is, the park also features miles of hiking trails. Bicycles are mostly a no-go on the trails, so conquering trail after trail on foot is this small park’s focus.
Shenandoah National Park
Washington, D.C., isn’t just our nation’s capital. It also houses a popular national park. Sitting on the outskirts of D.C., Shenandoah National Park is also among the best places to watch the autumn leaves take on their vibrant colors.
During the summer, Shenandoah National Park is an excellent place to spot waterfalls if you are brave enough to hike the trails. Not only that, but you and your significant other can pop open a tent and set up shop in almost any part of the national park. It’s a fantastic place to hike, and an even better one to make memories in.
Grand Teton National Park
Wyoming has a small population, no major-league sports teams and no significant cultural events. The one thing it can claim as a tourist attraction, however, is miles and miles of unspoiled wilderness. In fact, Wyoming is home to a spectacular national park known as Grand Teton.
This national park features a cavalcade of cabins you can stay in if you decide to visit. Alongside these cabins, you can also hike several trails and even catch a glimpse of some glaciers if you travel to the right part of the park. This national park is full of beautiful landscapes and things you just can’t see anywhere else.
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
This national park is unlike any other national park in the world. It’s a chain of 21 islands, combined with 12 miles of mainland, and you can find it located on the cusp of Wisconsin. You can visit numerous places that sit on the string of islands, which are known as the “Jewels of Lake Superior.” Lake Superior itself is a fantastic place for boating. The water is superbly clean, which makes it a perfect spot for snorkeling or scuba diving.
Along with the activities at the lake, you can also partake in hiking. There’s a stunning four-and-a-half-mile trail that takes you to some breathtaking vistas. You can also find spots such as lighthouses, caves and even abandoned quarries. It’s a truly unique park that houses a lot to do and see.
Zion National Park
Experienced hikers looking for intense exercise will delight in this park. Its rugged trails issue a challenge to anyone who chooses to take them on. But don’t let that intimidate you. Although the trails are challenging, they aren’t insurmountable.
There’s a trail that lasts 16 miles, and the visuals are astounding. You see yourself surrounded by sandstone walls that span 2,000 feet! It’s a gorgeous setting that’s sure to reshape your view of nature in the most positive way possible.
Arches National Park
Utah’s rugged landscape is famous for dramatic geological formations, and one of the best places to appreciate them is Arches National Park. The spires, domes and balanced rocks form a natural skyline that attracts thrill-seekers such as rock climbers and hikers. However, if you’re less adventurous, don’t worry: Arches National Park is also one of the best parks to drive through.
Not only is Arches National Park a fantastic place to visit during the summer, but it’s a stunner in the winter, as well. The gorgeous contrast of the snow and rocks during the winter is reason enough to make a trip to Utah. However, you should be aware specific trails during the winter aren’t accessible. If you are looking for adventure, a summertime trip is your best option.
Yosemite National Park
California seems to have it all. With 840 miles of coastline, the Golden State is home to both beaches and mountains. Celebrities litter the landscape in Hollywood, Silicon Valley is the epicenter of advanced technology and the state has a wealth of award-winning wineries. You can add a cool national park to that list, as well.
Yosemite is one of the most famous national parks in all of America. Its geography and geology make the park gorgeous in both the summer and winter months. During the summer, waterfalls glisten on the horizon. However, the real gem is when the winter months hit. You can skate on an outdoor rink, and you will never forget all the sights and sounds of this glorious park.
It’s time for you to try out one of these parks. Plan the trip and make it happen. Whichever park you choose, there are no wrong answers. Enjoy the time with your partner and soak in everything you see around you!