The Best National Parks In The US That May Not Be On Your Radar

Whether you’re a budding environmentalist or just looking for a new national park to add to your bucket list, there are some fantastic parks out there worth visiting. See some hidden gems in the US outside of the most visited National Parks in America. 

We think these are the best national parks you should add to your list when you travel through the U.S. 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

This park, located near Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, is best known for its historical significance. Once a popular industrial area with factories lining the Cuyahoga River, this landscape has been restored to a beautiful national park. 

Joshua Tree National Park, California

This park, best known for its beautiful desert landscape, is located in California near Palm Springs. Joshua Tree National Park is a unique cross-section of two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and Colorado.

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this national park is best known for its incredible fall foliage. The best time to visit is during peak leaf season, which generally lasts from mid-September to early November.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

This park, best known for its unique geological formations and countless hoodoos (thin spires of rock), is located in southern Utah near the border with Arizona. A popular stop on any road trip through the American Southwest, this place offers spectacular views during sunrise or sunset when all of these unusual rock structures are illuminated by a warm golden glow. 

Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado

Located in western Colorado near Montrose, this park is best known for its cliffs and dramatic rock formations. Several scenic drives offer fantastic canyon views, a popular hiking destination during the spring or summer months when temperatures are more agreeable.

Isle Royale, Michigan

This park is located in Lake Superior near the northern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The best way to explore this amazing place is by boat during peak summer months when you can visit any of over 450 islands that are dispersed throughout the lake.

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