These Lesser-Known National Parks Are Ideal For Summer Travel


There are 60 National Parks across America. That’s not counting the hundreds of National Monuments, historical sites, battlefields, memorials, trails, and more. When you count all of them together, the number of protected sites that fall under the US National Park system is well over 400. So it’s not going to surprise anyone when we say: “There are scores of incredible sites worth exploring, in this nation. From sea to shining sea.”

Still, that point feels worth mentioning again, with summer rapidly approaching. So we thought we’d put together a list of the 12 US National Parks we love that don’t get the big ticket acclaim of a Yellowstone or Olympic. These are the parks that are a little more off the beaten path, a little more unique, and 100 percent worth a visit this summer.