When it comes to driving the nation, some of the best sights to behold are our national parks. From the epic Grand Canyon to Acadia in Maine, the national parks each have something special to offer. The guides on our blog to the national parks offer suggestions for the best hikes, scenic drives, and activities at the parks, along with information on where to stay nearby. As the 100th anniversary of the national park system approaches, there’s no better time to discover the wonders the parks hold.
There’s no place like Mammoth Lakes! Located in sunny California, Mammoth Lakes is actually nothing quite like the California you have in mind. Here, you won’t find any palm trees or beaches. Instead, you’ll be in the midst of an awe-inspiring, year-round outdoor adventureland. When we’re talking about the picturesque mountains, the name “Mammoth” can speak for itself just to give you a hint of the size of the mountains you’ll find here.
Established in 1972, Buffalo National River is America’s first National River and about 135 miles long. It is among a handful of rivers in the lower forty-eight states that do not have dams interrupting their natural course. Visit Buffalo National River to enjoy the beauty of the Ozark Mountains, up close and personal. You can find great views, mysterious caves, sparkling waterfalls and beautiful hand-made items along the way.
There is no question the National Park System truly is one of America’s greatest gems. And, with 2016 being the 100th birthday of the system, the parks were able to see increased growth.
While most people know the big parks like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and the Great Smoky Mountains, there are dozens of incredible parks that most people don’t visit because they don’t know about them or they are very remote.
Located in the heart of Pennsylvania, the Delaware Water Gap is a recreational park that is loved and visited by many people each year. No, it’s not located in Delaware, but it is the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area and it’s one place you’ll go and never forget. From hiking to just taking a drive through one of the most scenic roads in America, you’ll find the most unique beauty right in the northeast.
Beartooth Highway is designated a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road by the U.S. Department of Transportation. It comprises sixty-eight miles of US 212 through some amazing countryside in southwest Montana and northwest Wyoming. It is considered to be the gateway road to Yellowstone National Park’s Northeast Entrance. The highway was dedicated on June 14, 1936. “Beartooth” comes from the Crow name, “Na Piet Say” for the sharp bear tooth shaped spire at Beartooth plateau, which can be seen at the West Summit pull-out. Beartooth Highway is closed between October and Memorial Day.
National Wild and Scenic Rivers of the Unites States have been protected by law since the program’s inception in 1968. There are about 250 designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers, to date. We’ve selected three of these interesting and diverse ecosystems to explore.
When travelers envision the perfect beach getaway, the first place that usually comes to mind is usually somewhere in Florida or maybe even the Caribbean. Most wouldn’t think of the northeast, but believe it or not, there are some beach gems located there. For example, Cape Cod National Seashore located in Massachusetts, which was founded by President John F. Kennedy on August 7, 1961.
Northern Arizona’s Vermillion Cliffs National Monument sits on the Colorado Plateau, just below the Utah border. While the name “monument” might conjure up the image of something a bit smaller, you’ll find 280,000 acres of beautiful terrain here, including cliffs, buttes, and canyons. The area was only declared as a monument in 2000, though the land itself was already government-managed.
The Drive The Nation blog places a special emphasis on America’s national parks, because no other natural attractions in the U.S. match their beauty and splendor. Outdoor adventurers, wildlife lovers and other travelers alike love to explore these amazing places. National parks make perfect road trip destinations because they are cost-effective (an annual pass to 300+ parks for the whole carload costs about $80), educational, and simply stunning. Begin your journey to the national parks with our helpful blog articles.