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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.

Little Talbot Island State Park
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Little Talbot Island State Park

Up and down the Atlantic Coastline are barrier islands which remind us of the wonders of that place where the sea meets the shore. Many of these barrier islands have become seaside vacation destinations, some of them so popular that not much remains of the native habitat. Not so much with Little Talbot Island State Park. Set aside to be preserved as it was in 1951, Florida’s Little Talbot Island is renowned as one of America’s undeveloped barrier islands.Therefore, you can visit and explore at your leisure the wonders that have existed there from time immemorial.

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Lewis and Clark National Historic Park in Oregon
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Lewis and Clark National Historic Park in Oregon

Located on the Northern coast of Oregon is one of the most historic and beautiful parks in the country. It’s one that is visited by millions of travelers each year and gets the visitors to keep coming back for more. They simply can’t get enough of the picturesque Lewis and Clark National Historic Park.

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Appalachian National Scenic Trail
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Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Imagine walking almost 2,200 miles through 14 states. Sounds pretty incredible, right? Well, people from all over America and the world do it every single year on the Appalachian Trail. 

The trail is the longest ‘hiking only’ trail in the world and runs from Georgia to Maine. Each year, thousands of people set off on the trail to do everything from a short day hike to walk the entire trail.

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Oleta River State Park
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Oleta River State Park

The Oleta River runs through the northern reaches of the metropolitan Miami area. While Miami is famous for its glitz and glamor, over the top shopping, and clubs, as well as its showy Atlantic Ocean beaches, those from farther away may miss out on this, the largest of all Florida’s urban state parks. Locally it is thought of as the Central Park of the Sunshine State. It is an incredible natural escape from the glittery city that surrounds it.

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Blue Spring State Park
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Blue Spring State Park

Situated in Orange City in Central Florida, Blue Spring State Park is a haven of beauty that evokes the “Old Florida” and its natural wonders. The park is famous for its eponymous Blue Spring, where 102 million gallons of water flow out of Blue Spring into the St. Johns River every day. It is also well-known for being a wintertime gathering place for the manatees. The manatees congregate at the 73 °F spring and the spring run when the temperature of the St John River system dips lower than is comfortable for them.

Blue Spring State Park

On chilly days, as many as 400 manatees have been counted there. How close can you get to them? About a few feet away, from the viewing platform nearest the water. Keep in mind, interaction with the manatees is not permitted due to the fact that they are a protected species. Visitors will find other creatures and wildlife during warmer seasons. In any season, the park is well worth a visit to stroll, sightsee, relax, reflect, and enjoy some of the hidden wonders of the Sunshine State.

 

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Estes Park, CO
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Estes Park, CO

Millions of people travel to Colorado each year to experience the beauty and endless activities. Additionally, it’s all around one of the greatest states in America. The Rocky Mountains draw in millions of visitors each year for its natural beauty and many outdoor activities. These activities are for families, romantic getaways, and any occasion. From exciting outdoor activities to a cozy dinner next to a fireplace, you can experience the best of both worlds in Estes Park, Colorado.

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Visiting Mohican State Park
3 months ago

Visiting Mohican State Park

State parks are truly one of the unmentioned gems of America’s park system. While the National Parks attract millions of visitors each year and stun people with their size and beauty, there’s just as much that can be said about state parks. 

After all, once the weather is nice, who doesn’t love spending time outdoors camping, hiking, and enjoying naturalist programs? You can find dozens of these in every state, but in this post, we want to highlight Mohican State Park.

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Visiting St. George, UT
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Visiting St. George, UT

In case you didn’t know, there’s so much more to Utah than just Salt Lake City. In fact, Utah has an extraordinary amount of fun things to go and places to go. One of them, in particular, is St. George. Located on the Arizona/Utah border. You’ll be amazed at how many people this little town draws in each year, and you’re about to find out why!

Just a quick 90-minute drive to Las Vegas, St. George offers a warm climate and fun activities to all who visit. Read on to find out some of the great things to do and see while in St. George, Utah. 

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National Parks Blog

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.