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.
In this post, we’re going to highlight some of those parks in the National Park System that are more remote, but certainly no less spectacular than some of the ‘big boys.’ Hopefully, a few of these might strike your fancy and you’ll be off to see them on your next trip!
Dry Tortugas National Park
On the other side of the country from Alaska, you’ll find Florida, no doubt one of the most popular states for people to visit. And yet, there is a National Park there that gets very few visitors.
Dry Tortugas National Park is about 70 miles from Key West, so you have to arrive by boat. Once you get there, you’ll find crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling. There’s also a historical significance to Dry Tortugas as well, it’s home to Fort Jefferson built in the 1800s.
Gates of the Arctic
It probably shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that a park in Alaska makes this list. After all, for most Americans, Alaska is pretty remote! But the state is also home to some of the most incredible scenery you’ll find anywhere in the world.
Gates of the Arctic has no trails or roads. To get there you have to hike in or hire a small propeller plan to drop you off. For those who make the trip, though, it’s worth the effort. You’ll see pristine glaciers, streams, and valleys that are virtually untouched.
Isle Royale National Park
The Great Lakes are some of the most incredible ecosystems in the world. Home to a number of seabirds, mammals, fish, and yes even a National Park. Hidden away on the US and Canadian border in Lake Superior you’ll find Isle Royale National Park.
Most visitors to this park prepare to stay a few days and camp. If you want to visit no matter how long you stay you’ll need to book a ferry to get there. Boats depart from spots in Michigan and Minnesota or you can book a seaplane too!
North Cascades National Park
If you ever thought you’d find one of the most remote and least visited National Parks a mere three hours from a major city you should head to North Cascades National Park in Washington State. Don’t be put off by the rugged terrain you’ll have to cross to get there, the drive is worth it.
In the park, you’ll find over 300 glaciers, turquoise lakes, snow capped peaks, and plenty of waterfalls. Most of the park is roadless so is best to be viewed on foot. You can see some beautiful vistas along Route 20. Just be sure to check the weather reports first!
Which of these parks are you going to check out first?
Let us know in the comments!