Plan an Outdoor Getaway to These Beautiful National Parks
As the seasons are changing, each park displays its unique beauty in a different way
Every national park is in a different region of the country and we want to help you take an amazing outdoors getaway. Check out the parks and activities you can get into below.
Congaree National Park
Established in 2003, Congaree National Park is 22,000 acres of the oldest stretch of bottomland hardwood forest that remains in the United States. The beautiful trees were saved from loggers thanks to the remote area and conservation efforts. Today the park is a bird sanctuary where enthusiastic birders can see owls, woodpeckers, blackbirds, warblers, and more. Visitors can also see bobcats and deer running between the trees and river otters frolicking in the streams and waterways.
The spring and fall are the best times to visit if you want to see wildflower blooms or foliage, but if you can’t make it during those times, this state park is still beautiful year-round. There are 7 different trails of various lengths to choose from ranging from easy to moderate. You can enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, or fishing during your visit. Park rangers also lead educational programs so visitors can gain a better appreciation for all the park has to offer.
Columbia Bus Station
710A Buckner Rd
Columbia, SC 29203
Tel: (803) 569-6522
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
OhioWith 32,572-acres, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is the only national park in Ohio. Its landscape provides the perfect home for wildlife and plenty of activities to enjoy. There are 4 golf courses on-site, or if you’re into horseback riding, there are designated horse trails. Want to test out your skills on the water? The lakes and ponds allow fishing and there are also river access sites for canoeing and kayaking.
375 Treeworth Blvd
Broadview Heights, OH 44147
Bus Stop Only
Tel: (800) 231-2222
Grand Teton National Park
WyomingKnown as the “mountains of imagination,” the Grand Teton National Park is one of Wyoming’s most stunning destinations. The park is named after the Grand Teton Peak, which is the tallest mountain in Northwest Wyoming. There are over 200 miles of trails and so many ways to indulge in nature while visiting.
If you’re a bird-lover, there are over 300 species that live in the park, making bird-watching very exciting. As the seasons change, so does the beauty of the park. Winter brings about the perfect snowy oasis for those who love skiing and ranger-led snowshoe walks. Fall brings out the colorful landscapes and is the photographer’s paradise. Summers is great for exploring the 230 miles of hiking trails, and spring is when you can catch all the wildlife on the move.
105 Buffalo Way
Jackson, WY 83001
Bus Stop Only
Tel: (800) 356-9796
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Garnering more visitors than the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone combined, The Great Smokey Mountains national park is the most popular national park. There are more than ten million visitors every year flooding the mountains to bask in the magical smoky haze.
Visitor’s love exploring the trails leading to the numerous waterfalls and 2,000 miles of streams. In addition to the trails and hikes, there’s also fishing, auto tours, and an amazing view of wildlife in its natural habitat. Visiting in Autumn is the perfect opportunity to see the park reach amazing hues while enjoying the rolling mountains and hills.Knoxville Bus Station
100 E Magnolia Ave
Knoxville, TN 37917
Tel: (865) 524-0369
Rocky Mountain National Park
ColoradoRocky Mountain National Park has over 100 peaks that extend past 11,000 feet in altitude (Longs Peak, in particular, reaches 14,259 feet). A stroll through the collection of mountains will feel like you’re at the top of the world. Experience the subalpine and alpine woods and enjoy hiking through trails, spotting wildlife, and enjoying the wildflowers. The Rocky Mountain Rush tours will take you through thrilling off-road experiences where you can capture amazing photos of everything the Rockies have to offer.
Mobil Gas Station
945 W Agate Ave
Granby, CO 80446
Tel: (970) 887-9298
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park stretches over 100 miles beside the Blue Ridge Mountains. This expansive 80,000-acre preserve is a mix of wilderness and pastoral lands that offers more than 500 miles of hiking trails. If you want to get all the benefits of the park without getting too dirty, one of the park’s main features is Skyline Drive. You can take a 105-mile scenic bike-ride (or drive) down a paved road that puts the park’s beauty on full display.
If you do like getting out in nature, there are about 45 different trails and loops to choose from ranging from easy to strenuous. If you do pick a trail there are many rewards that await you. You will be able to see cascading waterfalls, jump into swimming holes, marvel at gorges, and reach mountain summits. With more than 50 species of animals and over 190 species of birds, you could see anything from wild turkeys to black bears during your visit.
Charlottesville Bus Station
310 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Tel: (434) 295-5131
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is the 3rd oldest and one of the most visited national parks in the United States. With about 4.3 million visitors a year, avid nature lovers from around the world are drawn to the many landscapes and vast beauty of the nearly 750,000 acres of land. Yosemite is such a well-loved destination that you can hire a company to take you on a personal, in-depth expedition through parts of the park.
Sure, you can camp, backpack, fish, boat, and hike like in other state parks, but in Yosemite you can also ski in Badger Pass, rock climb El Capitan, and horseback ride through the giant sequoias. If time permits, you want to make sure you can spend at least a few days exploring the park. If you are limited to a one-day visit, make sure to spend that day in Cook’s Meadow where you can take a one-mile hike to see landmarks like Half Dome and Yosemite Falls as well as lots of wildlife.