Sure, our national parks and monuments have been in the news as of late. But if anything, those headlines mean that our homeland-based bounty of natural treasures should be top of mind when planning your next away-from-home jaunt.
A U.S. park visit doesn’t have to mean braving the tourist-laden crowds of oft-visited Yosemite, Yellowstone or our glorious Grand Canyon. Have you ever wanted to visit a national park that’s underground or go sand sledding among the tallest dunes in the country? Well, you’re in luck.
More fun in parks:
Our expert editors voraciously scavenged through hundreds of travel sites and meticulously read through thousands of user reviews to spotlight a sleuth of undiscovered destinations. Below, we’ve rounded up 50 lesser-known options that are a bit less bold-face than their more popular counterparts, but not an ounce less epic.
Lace up your hiking boots and grab your GoPros — it’s time to go make your own personal park headlines, stat.