This week marks National Park Week, where people are encouraged to go outside and explore America’s most treasured national destinations. From hiking along trails to white-water rafting, head to the great outdoors to partake in the adventure and appreciate our planet’s beauty! Check out these incredible National Parks.
Wander off the beaten path and discover the rugged beauty of Glacier National Park. Set in northern Montana, it is a photographer’s and hiker’s paradise. Let the scenery take your breath away as you look out at stretches of mountains, untouched lakes and forests. Take a drive on the “Going-to-the-Sun Road,” which is a scenic 52-mile drive or go fishing and explore the various lakes, waterfalls and wildlife.
Shenandoah National Park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia and is the perfect escape from the city life. To begin your journey, take Skyline Drive, a byway that runs along the park and offers picturesque vistas. Once you arrive, the opportunities for fun are endless – from hiking the trails to white-water rafting, you will have something to do and everything to see!
Located in Maine, Acadia National Park offers a variety of terrain and activities. From the ocean shoreline to Cadillac Mountain and the lakes in between, there are plenty of miles to be hiked, biked or explored. One of the highlights of this park is watching the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain or laying down and embracing the spectacular views of the Milky Way.
Home to the deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake National Park, in Oregon, is a feast for the eyes. The actual lake is inside a volcanic basin, which was created when Mount Mazama collapsed, thousands of years ago. Surrounding the lake are acres of beautiful mountains and evergreen forests. The contrast of the blue water with the evergreen trees will leave you awe-struck and give you a newfound love for our planet.
If you want to visit a destination that looks as though it’s from another planet, head over to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. The famous red-orange rock formations called hoodoos have made this park quite famous and is definitely a sight to see! Get lost in the sea of orange by horseback riding, biking, taking an ATV tour or hiking to one of the viewpoints (Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, or Sunrise Point.)