July is National Parks and Recreation month so what better time to visit the top five parks in our gorgeous nation? See our picks and start planning your summer trips now!
Central Park in New York City
Central Park, an urban oasis, runs along the center of the borough of Manhattan and was opened in 1857 on 778 acres. Perfect for a day trip, the park now sits on 843 acres after an expansion completed in 1873. The National Historic Landmark is truly remarkable and depending on where you are in the park, it's hard to tell you are actually in a city. Try strolling around the reservoir, taking a bike ride around the various trails or just enjoying a picnic on the Great Lawn!
Acadia National Park in Maine
Acadia is the oldest National Park east of the Mississippi, taking up most of Mount Desert Island in Maine. The park has everything, mountains, ocean shoreline, woodlands and lakes over its 933 acres. Enjoy the day driving up to Cadillac Mountain, swim at sand beach or hike some of the more that 125 miles of historic trails. Acadia demands at least a long weekend to ensure you've seen all the park has to offer!
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Yellowstone which is mostly in Wyoming but also expands to Montana and Idaho, is the first National Park in the world. The park spans over 2 million acres and is home to many various types of wildlife and ecosystems. Visit one of the hot springs or the famous geyser, Old Faithful, take a hike on Uncle Tom's Trail or go rafting. You can camp in the park and since there is so much ground to cover, you may want to stay for awhile to take it all in!
Yosemite National Park in California
Yosemite in Northern California spans over 700,000 acres and is home to granite cliffs, waterfalls and sequoia groves. Visit Glacier Point, take a stroll through Mariposa Grove, see a meteor shower from a mountaintop or hike Mist Trail. The park has thirteen popular campgrounds so pick one, or a few and make a week of it!
Denali National Park in Alaska
Denali is located on Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America and is spread out over more than six million acres making it the largest park on our list. Meet the sled dogs, tour the Usibelli Coal Mine, ride the rapids at Dragon Fly Creek or backpack through the trails. This vast park would take weeks to get through so we'd recommend picking your top five activities while you're there!
Which of these is on your list to visit this summer?