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What National Parks Are Near You?

14 December 2011
Courtesy nps.gov

Courtesy nps.gov

National parks can be a great way to experience nature and all the varied beauty of America. We all know about Yellowstone and Yosemite. But there are parks all over the country that are beautiful and offer plenty of tourist opportunities. Here are a few lesser-known parks that may be in your neck of the woods. For your next weekend jaunt, they might be a great destination spot.

  • Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. With 44 miles of historic carriage roads, a sand beach and lots of cool biking opportunities in addition to the usual hiking and picnicking, Acadia is a unique New England destination.
  • Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett, Arkansas. Created in memorial of the Poste de Arkansea, a French settlement in early America, this spot is rich in history. It also has an abundance of wildlife with its combination of prairie grasses, lowland forests and wetlands.
  • North Cascades National Park Complex in Sedro-Wooley, Washington. This park offers boating, birding and lots of opportunities for climbing in the gorgeous mountains of the Northwest. If you’re looking for a lake vacation, this is your spot.
  • Petrified Forest National Park in Petrified Forest, Arizona. This is a great place to go if you’re interested in ancient natural history. It has a large and colorful concentration of petrified wood, and you can view fossils that are millions of years old.

Have you taken advantage of national parks in your outdoor adventures? What have been your favorites so far? Any plans to visit a new one anytime soon?

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