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Top 3 Underrated US National Parks

The United States has tons of amazing, lowkey national parks, spread across the country. Here are some of our top picks:

Glacier Bay – Alaska

Covering over 3 million acres of the Alaskan tundra, Glacier Bay National Park is a stunning combination of blue waters and temperate rainforest. It is a part of a 25 million-acre World Heritage Site, from sea to summit. With so many different terrains, there are activities to do no matter when or how long you visit. Trails, beach walks, whale exhibits, and rivers are just some of the beautiful sight-seeing adventures. You can even kayak around Bartlett Cove, the ex-habitat of a 100-mile long glacier. If you’re lucky, you may even see some wildlife roaming (or swimming) around!

The park is home to various wildlife species. Moose, mountain goats, bears, porcupines, and even humpback whales! So, if you’re interested in seeing the impressive creatures, be sure to visit Glacier Bay in the summertime. The Alaskan humpback whales often migrate to Hawaii during the winter, so coming during the warmer months will leave you with the highest possibility of seeing them!

Crater Lake – Oregon

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States, sitting at a maximum depth of over 1900 feet. The surrounding landforms and Cascade Mountain Range make this National Park one of the top spots for photographers and sightseers across the world. The lake is known as the cleanest and largest in the world, and has the most beautiful blue colour. Fed completely by rain and snow, this lake rests within a dormant volcano that collapsed many centuries ago.

During the winter, tourists can expect to snowshoe, ski, or hike. In the summer months, scenic drives, hiking trails and lake visits are the most popular attractions. The park is about 250 miles from Portland, so make sure you plan to spend a couple of days in the area. Beyond the lake, you check out some amazing forestry, and of course, wildlife. Black bears, mountain lions, elk and owls all roam the grounds of the park, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

Redwood – California

Home to the tallest trees in the world, Redwood National Park is located on the coast of northern California, in Orick. With over 40,000 acres of redwood trees and hundreds of miles of trails to explore, this National Park equally as beautiful as it is tall. Not into hiking? Redwood offers paved roads throughout parts of the park for you to enjoy scenic drives. There are campgrounds and backcountry sites located throughout, and tons of wildlife to see as well.

Our favorite part? Leashed pets are allowed in certain areas of the park year round, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your pup while you explore Redwood’s beauty. Another huge plus of this park is the weather. It maintains mild temperatures throughout the year, so you’re guaranteed decent weather no matter the time of year. It can get a little rainy in the winter months, due to the park’s coastal nature, but nothing unbearable!

We hope you love these National Parks as much as we do! They’re definitely underrated and truly a memorable experience, so go check them out next time you’re in the area!


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