In a previous blog, I talked about a few National Parks you may not know about. Well, I wanted to keep this going into a second blog because there are so many great parks out there. If you want to beat the crowds, here are a few more to check out.
Pinnacles National Park: Located in California (about 2 hours from San Francisco), this park has a storied past filled with magnificent volcanoes. Over 23 million years ago, volcanoes erupted and created the unique rock spires, caves, and canyons. Visitors will be able to enjoy all that Pinnacles has to offer including, hiking, wildlife watching, and rock climbing. This park is also the home to the endangered California Condor; if you’re lucky you might spot one. You might also spot bobcats, black-tailed deer, lizards, and many other animals along the 32 miles of trails that cut through grasslands, oak woodlands, and canyons.
Haleakalā National Park: Experiences both breathtaking views and magnificent landscapes during your trip to Maui. Few choose to visit this park because of its remotenesses; services such as stores and lodging are all at least 30 mins away. Hike through the volcanic landscape of the summit district or explore the crashing waves of the Kīpahulu District. One of the most noteworthy experiences at Haleakalā is the sunrise atop the summit where you can witness the mountain shadow phenomenon.
Kenai Fjords National Park: This National Park is one of the most accessible throughout the entire state of Alaska. Explore Kenai Fjords by water or land, either option will provide stunning views and a look at some cool wildlife. If you choose to go on a hike there are a few options. Exit Glacier is accessible by road and offers a short hiking experience. Those looking for a longer hike will like the Harding Icefield Trail.
Great Basin National Park: Hike, fish, and camp your way through this vast park and take in the great wildlife and views. During your visit, make sure to check out the ancient Bristlecone Pines (aka the longest-living tree). These spectacular pines grow in groves below the treeline are known for their ability to thrive in harsh conditions. Bristlecones grow very slowly, making them resistant to insects, fungi, and rot. Other than viewing the historic trees, you can explore the Lehman caves or watch the milky way at night.
Adventure awaits no matter which National Park you choose to visit.