16 Most Spectacular State Parks

These are must-visit places that offer a variety of breathtaking views and active adventures


The U.S. has more than 10,000 state park areas comprising over 18 million acres. They were visited by 740 million Americans in 2014, generating about $20 billion in revenue for local communities, according to the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD).[slideshow:87299]

State parks are smaller than national parks – America’s “best idea” – but what they lack in size they make up with sheer beauty, opportunities for active adventures, and quality relaxation retreats. They are not as well-known as national parks, which makes them less visited – something many outdoor fans will consider a bonus.

From odd  rocky outcrops, green pastures, playgrounds at high elevation to the oldest goldmines in the country and an oceanfront park, these bucket list destinations also offer a tremendous variety of breathtaking views.

With so much beauty in the country, don’t miss out on a chance to explore a new place. The following list contains some popular names but also some overlooked gems.

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