national parks to visit

Have the Travel Bug? 6 Best National Parks to Visit This Year

People are once again taking to the road and travelling the country, and what better way to explore than by checking out some of our renowned national parks? From untouched mountains and canyons to deserts and forests, every national park in the U.S. has a unique landscape that makes them all worth a visit. So what are you waiting for? Whether you’re craving a scenic drive, local wildlife spotting or an adventurous hike, we’ve put together some of the best national parks to visit this year, ranging from New England parks to the west coast. Check them out below!

Did you know? The National Park Service offers seniors nearly unlimited access to parks across the country with the Senior Pass, which is just $80 for a lifetime of park visits.

1. Acadia National Park, Maine

This 47,000-acre park is located on Maine’s spectacular coast, just a few hours north of bustling Portland, and offers all the wonders of our state’s natural wilderness. Experience rocky coastlines and beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, remote islands, historic lighthouses and dense, sprawling woodland. Anywhere you go in Acadia will offer stunning scenery, but a few can’t-miss spots include:

  • Beehive Mountain
  • Thunder Hole
  • Bar Harbor
  • Seal Harbor
  • Jordan Pond

We recommend you spend at least a full weekend for this national park adventure, because there is a lot to see in Acadia National Park!

2. Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

Making up nearly 40 miles of shoreline along Cape Cod’s eastern coast and created in 1971 by John F. Kennedy, the Cape Cod National Seashore is a true delight for beach lovers! Especially beautiful during the summer months, this national park is home to pristine beaches, historic lighthouses, wildlife-filled marshes, and wild cranberry bogs. From sunbathing and swimming to canoeing and biking, this national park offers something for everyone. 

3. Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, New Hampshire

Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park is the only national park in New Hampshire, other than the notable Appalachian Trail which runs through the state. And art lovers, rejoice! Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park preserves the property, gardens and works of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who was a great American sculptor and lived in the area until his death in the early 1900s. You can tour his home, walk along the park’s many trails and see his famous bronze sculptures which remain in the park. 

4. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

For those looking to make a road trip out of it, Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park has over 200,000 acres of protected lands bursting with spectacular views, breathtaking waterfalls, and bustling wildlife. Located just 75 miles from Washington, D.C., this national park is a wonderful place to set up camp for a weekend. One of the best ways to experience this park is by way of car – ideal especially if you love mountain views but are limited when it comes to hiking. There is a 105-mile road called Skyline Drive that takes you through the Blue Ridge Mountains, with endless scenic overlooks to enjoy.

5. Everglades National Park, Florida

Coming in at the third largest national park in the lower 48 states, Everglades National Park in Florida is a place everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. The Everglades offers an incomparable landscape that’s home to several endangered species, including American crocodiles, Florida panthers and manatees, not to mention countless birds for avid birdwatchers. With activities from fresh and saltwater fishing to hiking, biking or camping, you’ll want to add the Everglades to your bucket list.

6. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Last but certainly not least, the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona may be one of the most beloved national parks of them all – and for very good reason! Sitting high above the winding Colorado River, there is absolutely nothing like the views you get from the edge of the canyon. It’s perfect for visitors of all ages and abilities, with paved walking trails, viewing areas, and even bus tours to bring you through the park. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can also book a guided mule tour that takes you down into the canyon or a river rafting excursion!

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