By More Than Just Parks
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
Olympic has everything from lowland forests, high mountain ranges, alpine lakes, wild rivers, temperate rain forests, iconic wildlife, and over 50 miles of wild coastline!
Grand Teton National Park is truly iconic and, thanks to strong management and foresight, has been able to avoid the crowding that plagues many other popular parks.
John Muir described it best, "The most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wanderings”
There was a time when Yosemite would have been #1 on our list, alas John Muir's "grandest of all temples" is reckoning with major crowding issues. Nonetheless its beauty is unsurpassed.
Surprised? Good! Redwood's misty forests, wild coastline, pristine streams, and valleys teeming with wildlife are one of the best kept "secrets" in the national park system.
Glacier National Park is one of the grandfathers of the National Park Service and continues to stand the test of time as one of the best national parks in the country.
Here, amongst groves of the largest trees in the world, one can't possibly avoid being humbled and awed by the power of nature.
Tucked into the heart of Colorado's Front Range, Rocky Mountain National Park spans more than 400 square miles of breathtaking mountain scenery
A watery wonderland almost exclusively accessible by boat, Voyageurs is one of the most unique and spectacular national parks in the world.
Great Smoky Mountains
Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains preserves some of the last old growth forests in the Eastern U.S.