3 National Parks to Visit During the Summer
The summer months present the ideal time for travel, camping, and visiting national parks.
Due to the natural inclination of families to spend their vacation time at the beach, national parks aren’t as crowded. This opens the door for a better camping and exploring experience. People want to escape the crowds and chaos of daily life when visiting national parks, not deal with it there.
Here are 3 National Parks to visit this summer that won’t burden you with a crazy influx of visitors.
North Cascades National Park – Washington
This national park located in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. offers great activities for all explorers.
Hike and climb Trapper’s Peak. Canoe across Lake Chelan and see the historic town of Stehekin. Simply relax and take in the beautiful North Cascades Mountain range.
You could ride a horse throughout the countless trails in the park. Horseback riding presents a unique way to see the expansive wonders the North Cascades has to offer. While riding you don’t have to concern yourself with the weight of your backpack or those less enthusiastic friends who think a 10 mile trek is maddening.
But if you’re up for a little adventure then you must have a good backpack. You can’t use the high school pack for a national park trip. Instead, maybe review the countless options to find the right fit for your stature, aspiring backpacking trips, and storage that will address your specific needs.
The right backpack will ensure a better experience for a trip to the North Cascades.
Dry Tortugas National Park – Florida
If you still thirst for a little fun in the sun near a beach then this spot presents the perfect match for your national park needs.
You can bird watch or catch a glimpse of the variety of sea turtles in the area. Go snorkeling and experience the marine life. Perhaps you’ll stumble upon a boat wreckage.
If yearning for camping fun, then reserve a spot on the remote Garden Key camping ground. Bring your backpack, a two person tent, all the food you need, and a sleeping bag. See the sunset and sunrises over the clear water surrounding historic Fort Jefferson.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve – Colorado
The ever changing sand dunes in Colorado will transform your perspective. This oversized beach will let you do more than simply work on a tan.
Initially, the backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains downplays the magnificence of the dunes, but the dunes will soon conquer your curiosity. Due to the San Luis Valley’s wind patterns, the great sand dunes constantly change. Some dunes tower up to 750 feet high.
You’ll have the opportunity to climb up the countless dunes and sled down! Take a 4-wheel drive adventure through Medano Pass. Hike up Mount Herald, Crestone Peak, or any of the other popular peaks.
After hiking, heat, and shoes filled with sand, there’s no better way to end the day than with a little star gazing. The open skies present some of the best start gazing for aspiring astronomers or simple folk camping in the park.
During the summer it can get hot due to the desert like atmosphere. So prepare your backpacks with compactable tents, breathable clothing, water bottles, and sunscreen. The lighter you pack, the better.
Ted Levin is a freelance journalist and editor who spends his summers visiting national parks, camping, and learning about the diverse lands the United States offers. You can connect with him on Twitter.
Image Source 1 – Shannontech.com (North Cascades)
Image Source 2 – fla-keys.com (Dry Tortugas)
Image Source 3 – backpacker.com (Great Sand Dunes)