This time of year is an especially gorgeous chance to catch a glimpse of a new part of the country. Start a new tradition and check out a National Park this Thanksgiving break! Here’s the scoop on 14 spectacular parks to stop by before the weather gets too cold!
Crater Lake National Park
This pristine lake was formed over 7,000 years ago by a collapsing volcano, and is now the deepest in the country. Snowshoe or hike around the lake and check out the gorgeous foliage as the leaves change color. It has already snowed at Crater Lake, but some trails are still accessible to hike. Later in the year, skiing and snowboarding are available in the park, so check out the website for information on rentals!
Klamath County, OR 97602 // NPS Page
Arches National Park
This red rock wonderland looks like something from a dream! If you’ve never taken a trip down to Southern Utah, you’re in for a treat. These massive stone formations have stood tall for thousands of years, and are simply breathtaking. This time of year is a great time to visit, because the park is less busy and the weather is no longer sweltering, but not yet freezing.
Grand County, UT 84532 // NPS Page
Grand Teton National Park
Time to cross a visit to these stunning mountains off your bucket list! The Tetons are staggeringly tall, and the wildlife in the area is like no other. For hikers, there are over 200 miles of trails open. Take some time to reset in these tranquil mountains this fall.
Moose, WY 83012 // NPS Page
Rocky Mountain National Park
Take a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park to appreciate this unique terrain! Escape the light pollution of cities and observe an unobstructed view of the galaxy. Drive up Trail Ridge Road and see what the world looks like from 12,000 feet, or take a walk and hang out with herds of elk. No matter what you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone in this gorgeous park.
Boulder, CO 80301 // NPS Page
Big Bend National Park
This special refuge is an ideal place to get a feel for the marvels of the Southwest. These intricate canyons are home to unique flora and fauna. If you’re looking to get out of civilization and enjoy tranquil isolation, you’ve come to the right place. The deserts of Big Bend are waiting for you!
Boquillas del Carmen, TX 79834 // NPS Page
Lassen Volcanic National Park
This hidden gem is home to over 150 miles of trails! Trek through the forest and relish in the tall trees and sounds of nature. Lassen has countless hydrothermal areas, similar to those in Yellowstone. Appreciate the panoramic views of mountains and lakes as you take a step back from your busy schedule.
Mineral, CA 96063 // NPS Page
Olympic National Park
This diverse park is a wonderland of lush vegetation. Moss-covered trees tower over these 70 miles of Pacific coastline. Explore frigid glaciers and thick forests. This natural paradise is not something you want to miss!
Port Angeles, WA 98362 // NPS Page
Congaree National Park
This unique area is one of a kind. 25 miles of trails and a 2.4 mile boardwalk twist through this huge hardwood forest. Feel free to explore the Congaree and Wateree Rivers in a canoe, or sit back, relax, and go fishing. This swampy park is a great place to get in touch with your roots.
Richland County, SC 28574 // NPS Page
Mount Rainier National Park
This iconic mountain is one of the tallest in the country! Step back and gawk at the monumental marvel that is Mount Rainier. This active volcano is home to six different rivers, abundant wildlife, and plentiful backcountry hiking paths. Once you stop by this 14,410 foot mountain, you’ll never want to leave!
Pierce County, WA 98303 // NPS Page
Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is home to the staggeringly tall trees we all see in pictures. Come to the park to see these famous trees for yourself! With 40 miles of Pacific coastline, there’s so much to do in this massive forest. Hike through the dense foliage for an hour or two, or stay for days at any of the four campgrounds in the park.
Humboldt County, CA 95503 // NPS Page
Acadia National Park
If you’re a morning person, get ready to see one of the most spectacular sunrises of your life! Explore the scenic Atlantic coastline and discover hidden gems like Isle au Haut, translated to “High Island”. Cruise along the Park Loop and gaze at 27 miles of picturesque landscapes. Whether you’re in the mood to bike, hike, swim, or sail, Acadia is a great place to travel this fall.
Bar Harbor, MA 04609 // NPS Page
Shenandoah National Park
This enormous sanctuary is one of the most serene spots in the East. Catch a breath of fresh air as you explore the over 200.000 acres in the park. Fall is a breathtaking time to visit the park, so come take a look as millions of trees change to red, amber, and gold! With over 500 miles of trails and countless spots for fishing, you’ll never want to leave this tranquil heaven.
Luray, VA 22835 // NPS Page
Death Valley National Park
This park resides in the lowest area of the country, an impressive 200 feet below sea level. Drive through the park and stop by spots like the salt flats of Badwater Basin or the panoramic views of Zambriskie Point. The fluctuating elevations of the park provide for stunning viewpoints, like that at Dante’s View, where one can gaze over the Panamint Mountains and the Sierra Nevadas. At night, study the brilliant stars as you unwind on the rolling sand dunes.
Death Valley Junction, CA 92328 // NPS Page
Everglades National Park
This swampy region is like no other. Home to countless endangered species, Everglades is a popular spot to view manatees and Florida panthers. Explore the wetlands in a canoe or on a paddleboard, or try your luck at sport fishing. This humid park is a fun place to escape the cold and wander through an intriguing environment!
Homestead, FL 33030 // NPS Page
No matter your neck of the woods, there’s always a breathtaking National Park within reach. Stop by one of these parks for a beautiful glimpse of autumn before the leaves fall!