The thought of an exotic foreign vacation or a crowded tourist destination has lost a lot of appeal in the days of social distancing. Many people long for the beauty of nature, and wide open spaces free from people and pandemics.
Once we’re well past sheltering in place, consider visiting one of the top 10 U.S. national parks from U.S. News & World Report. Just try to schedule your trip off season, to avoid the millions of other house-weary visitors trying to get away.
1. Yellowstone National Park – 2.2 million acres filled with lakes, mountains, geysers, hot springs and buffalo. Located in the northwest corner of Wyoming.
2. Yosemite National Park – Incredible waterfalls, ancient Sequoia trees and granite rock formations. Located in northern California.
3. Glacier National Park – Three mountain ranges and 700+ lakes. Located in Montana on the U.S./Canadian border.
4. Grand Canyon – Endless hiking, rafting the Colorado River, and magnificent views. Located in northern Arizona.
5. Zion National Park – A 57-mile scenic drive, the Angel’s Landing 1,500 foot natural staircase, and breathtaking views. Located in the southwest corner of Utah.
6. Grand Teton National Park – Over 200 miles of trails that weave through prairies, lakes and snow-capped mountain peaks. Located just south of Yellowstone in Wyoming.
7. Hawai’I Volcanoes National Park – Two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea, and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. Located on the big island of Hawaii.
8. Arches National Park – 77,000 acres, oddly shaped sandstone monuments, and the famous 52-foot Delicate Arch. Located in eastern Utah.
9. Rocky Mountain National Park – 355 miles of scenic trails, 150 lakes, and 77 mountains taller than 12,000 feet. Located in northern Colorado.
10. Acadia National Park – Nearly 160 miles of hiking trails, harbor seals on the coast, and rustic carriage roads. Located on Mount Desert Island off the coast of Maine.
Visit U.S. News & World Report for more information and details about these parks.