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Top 8 National Parks to Visit This Year

Kathryn is a freelance writer with 18 years of experience traveling around the world.

National Parks are a popular tourist destination in the U.S. and it’s not hard to see why. Each U.S. National Park was carefully selected for its unique natural beauty and cultural history. Park visitors get to enjoy amazing views while also learning about the park’s past.

It’s impossible to recommend just one National Park to visit, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 8 National Parks that you should visit this year!

1. Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO - Imagine giant hills of sand with huge mountains in the background. That is exactly the scene that awaits you at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Visitors can hike and climb on the sand dunes, and, if the weather is right, you can even sled down them! If you want to experience the beauty of the mountains but aren’t into the cold, Great Sand Dunes National Park is the place for you!

2. Acadia National Park, ME - Acadia is a beautiful park located on the coast of Maine. With mountains, rivers, beaches, and forests, Acadia really does have it all. To make your trip to Acadia even more enjoyable, just outside the park sits the charming seaside town of Bar Harbor. There you’ll find plenty of restaurants and shops as well as some amazing coastal views!

3. Olympic National Park, WA - Rainforests and glacier-capped mountains bring thousands of visitors a year to Washington’s Olympic National Park. With over 70 miles of Pacific coastline, you’ll definitely find the perfect spot to stop and enjoy the views. It’s a great place to visit any time of year!

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4. Zion National Park, UT - Zion is known for its red sandstone cliffs and canyons with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. There are lots of places to hike and enjoy beautiful views of the park’s beautiful landscapes. If you're up for a challenge, hike the Angels Landing trail which is an incredible 5-mile trek!

5. Grand Canyon National Park, AZ - This park is known for its amazing landscape and dramatic vistas of the canyon. Its breathtaking views are one of the reasons that millions of people visit the park each year. You can hike along the South Rim and spend the night in one of the hotels or lodges located near the park. You can also take a helicopter ride over the Canyon to experience the stunning views from a whole new perspective!

6. Crater Lake National Park, OR - Crater Lake is home to the deepest lake in the United States and the second-largest volcano in Oregon. It’s known for its bright blue water surrounded by mountain peaks and beautiful forests. There are many different hiking trails around Crater Lake where you can experience the great outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

7. Glacier National Park, MT - Glacier is a popular destination during the summer months because it’s only a short flight from major cities like Denver and Minneapolis. There are lots of activities available including hiking, boating, and horseback riding. The visitor center offers daily programs where you can learn about the history and geology of the park.

8. Rocky Mountain National Park, CO - Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most popular destinations in Colorado, and for good reason. It has a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy such as hiking and camping, as well as scenic drives through the mountains and valleys. The park is also home to elk herds and mountain goats which make for an exciting and unique experience during your trip! They can often be seen roaming around Estes Park, a charming city right outside the park.

National parks offer visitors a chance to escape into some of the most beautiful and pristine landscapes in the United States. Whether you’re looking for mountains, forests, deserts, or coasts, there’s a national park waiting for you. So next time you’re planning your vacation, keep these eight national parks in mind – they definitely won’t disappoint!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Kathryn Lee

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