A Guide to Lesser-Known National Parks

We’re all familiar with iconic National Parks such as Yellowstone, Zion and the Grand Canyon. But did you know that there are a total of 423 national park sites in the United States, across more than 84 million acres? These include miles and miles of trail systems, protected landmarks, and hundreds of wildlife species.

We’ve picked out a few lesser-known national parks to add to your summer road trip list! Need more inspiration? Check out the National Park’s Site here: Find A Park

Lassen National Park(image: Quentin Burgess via Unsplash)

Lassen National Park
Northern California
Area: 106,452 Acres

Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to thousands of wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, volcanoes, and hydrothermal sites with bubbling mud ponds and steaming fumaroles. Vistas dotted with jagged peaks grant endless photo opportunities in this unique California landscape. Summit Lassen Peak for epic views and connect to the Pacific Crest Trail through the park’s forested trail network.

 

Big Bend National Park(image: Adan Guerrero via Unspalsh)

Big Bend National Park

Southwest Texas
Area: 801,280 Acres

The Chisos Mountain range and surrounding Chihuahuan desert create a truly spectacular landscape. Ancient limestone canyons, fast-running rivers, hundreds of bird species, and blooming cacti fill this Texas treasure. Stargazing enthusiasts will enjoy the pitch-black night skies full of sparklers.

Shenadough National Park(image: Taylor Wright via Unsplash)

Shenandoah National Park
Virginia
Area: 200,000 Acres

Just 75 miles from Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is a tranquil getaway from city life. Full of waterfalls, wildflowers, and wooded vistas. Wildlife enthusiasts will love bird watching and may even spot a black bear! The famous Appalachian Trail connects through the park, traversing rocky peaks and forested wetlands.

Hot Springs National Park(image: Samantha Beaty via Unsplash)

Hot Springs National Park

Arkansas
Area: 5,550 Acres
Hot Springs National Park stands as an icon for healing and an artifact of the “American Spa” of the 20th century. Nine historic bathhouses surrounded by natural thermal springs, deeply forested trails, and mountain views provide a peaceful and rejuvenating experience.

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