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National & State Parks

Experience All 59 National Parks!Best National Parks

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.

Estes Park, CO
3 months ago

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
4 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
4 months ago

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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Visit Gulf Islands National Seashore
4 months ago

Visit Gulf Islands National Seashore

Do you dream of white sand and sunshine? Gulf Islands National Seashore has you covered with recreation and relaxation opportunities for the whole family. Spanning the coast of Florida and Mississippi, millions of visitors are drawn to the islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the white sandy beaches and aquamarine waters. Whether you visit for a day or a week, there is plenty to do and see at Gulf Islands National Seashore.

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T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
4 months ago

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is a Florida State Park on the St. Joseph Peninsula near Port St. Joe. You want to go to this state park because this is one of the best-unspoiled stretches of coastline in the state. Among the many wonderful beaches of Florida, this one offers unsurpassed beauty, peaceful solitude, gentle wildlife, and an environment in which to unwind, relax and recharge.

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Palo Duro State Park
4 months ago

Palo Duro State Park

Mention the word “canyon,” and most people think of the biggest canyon in the United States, the Grand Canyon. The second biggest canyon may not spring to mind. But it should. Palo Duro Canyon is the largest canyon in the United States. And you can visit the Palo Duro State Park, near Amarillo, Texas. Palo Duro Canyon is what geologists call a canyon system. It is part of the Caprock Escarpment – a running 175-mile long cliff formation of red and tan rock, ranging from fifty to one hundred feet high- in the Panhandle of Texas. The Palo Duro Canyon was formed by a tributary of the Red River, called the Prairie Dog Town Fork Red River.

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Visiting Alcatraz Island
4 months ago

Visiting Alcatraz Island

“Just Visiting” is one of the sayings made familiar to anyone who has played the classic Parker Brothers board game, “Monopoly.” It is a great alternative to the other option of being incarcerated. The same can be said for Alcatraz Island. For many years it was one of the most famous prisons in the world. If it were still the same, we would prefer to be “just visiting” this place, nicknamed The Rock, a mile and a quarter from land in the middle of San Francisco Bay.

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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
5 months ago

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

As we come into the summer months, it’s a good idea for outdoor lovers to plan summer trips. Camping and outdoor activities are great for this time of year. And what better place to start the planning then at one of the greatest state parks in the Midwest?

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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.