5. Mount McKinley in Denali National Park
Located in Alaska, Mount McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America, which alone makes it worth it to check out this park. This national park is perhaps a little less popular then some of the others on our list, but that is only because it is further from the lower 48 and harder to get to. The park is accessible by road. Today, 400,000 people visit the park annually. They view wildlife, climb mountains, and backpack. Wintertime activities includes dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, and snow machining.
4. Grand Teton
Interestingly, the Grand Teton National Park was actually originally called les trois tétons by the French, meaning the three teats. This was later shortened to Tetons. Those mountains are definitely the highlight of this park. Grand Teton National Park is a popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, fishing and other forms of recreation. There are more than 1,000 drive-in campsites and over 200 miles (320 km) of hiking trails that provide access to backcountry camping areas.
3. Mount Rainier
Established in 1899, Mount Rainier is located in Washington. The highest point in the Cascade Range is 14,000 feet, around it are valleys, waterfalls, sub-alpine wildflower meadows, old growth forest and more than 25 glaciers. Trails run throughout the entire park, making it a great spot to hike. Around 1.9 million people visit each year and the park is popular among mountain climbers.
2. The Grand Canyon
Every one knows about the Grand Canyon, and of course you have seen images of it everywhere from television to the internet to books and magazines. None of those do it justice. You simply have to experience it yourself to fully appreciate the pure scale of it. President Teddy Roosevelt said it best;
The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world… Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”
Located in the central eastern region of California, Yosemite has been getting a lot of press lately after Apple decided to name their latest OS after them. No doubt Apple chose the name because their new OS focuses on design and beauty, and we all associate beauty with Yosemite. The park was made official in 1864 by President Abraham Lincoln and has been stunning guests with it’s majestic scenery ever since. Around 3.7 million people visit each year.
Do we have you convinced that you need to get outside and go visit one of these amazing national parks this summer? I hope so. To get started, you might want to purchase some equipment. Check out our top reviewed tent here or our list of the top 8 sleeping bags here.