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Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island

Maine, USA April - October Moderate
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Acadia National Park holds some of the most spectacular scenery on the Eastern Seaboard: a rugged coastline of surf-pounded granite and an interior graced by sculpted mountains, serene ponds, and lush deciduous forests.
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Base Town:
Bar Harbor, ME
Closest Airport:
Bangor International Airport (BGR)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Bangor International Airport (BGR)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Bar Harbor, ME
Closest Airport:
Bangor International Airport (BGR)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Moderate

Banff National Park

Alberta, Canada January - December Moderate
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The Canadian Rockies are one of the most beautiful ranges on Earth, and Canada's first national park is nestled among these mountains, glaciers, and forests. It also has some of the world's best skiing.
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Base Town:
Canmore, Canada
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
January - December
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Canmore, Canada
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
January - December
Activity Level:
Moderate

Big Bend National Park

Texas, USA January - May; September - December Moderate
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In a remote location, with the Rio Grande River along its southern border, Big Bend's limitless skies and ample space are two of its strongest selling points.
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Base Town:
Marathon, TX; Terlingua, TX
Closest Airport:
Midland International Air and Space Port (MAF)
When to Go:
January - May; September - December
Closest Airport:
Midland International Air and Space Port (MAF)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Marathon, TX; Terlingua, TX
Closest Airport:
Midland International Air and Space Port (MAF)
When to Go:
January - May; September - December
Activity Level:
Moderate

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Colorado, USA April - October Active
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This steep and narrow river gorge in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park has sheer cliffs and a drop twice as high as the Empire State Building.
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Base Town:
Montrose, CO; Crawford, CO
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Denver International Airport (DEN)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Denver International Airport (DEN)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Geological Formations Scenic Drives Bird-Watching Fishing Horseback Riding Winter Sports Hiking Rafting Climbing Stunning Vistas Mountains Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Montrose, CO; Crawford, CO
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Denver International Airport (DEN)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Active

Denali National Park and Preserve

Alaska, USA June - September Moderate
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Home to Mt. McKinley—the highest peak in North America—Denali National Park and Preserve comprises 6 million acres of Alaska's best wildlife, scenery, and adventures.
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Base Town:
Healy, AK
Closest Airport:
Fairbanks International Airport (FAI); Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
When to Go:
June - September
Closest Airport:
Fairbanks International Airport (FAI); Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Scenic Drives Wild flowers Bird-Watching Winter Sports History Hiking Rafting Biking Climbing Family Stunning Vistas Mountains Forests Show all
Base Town:
Healy, AK
Closest Airport:
Fairbanks International Airport (FAI); Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
When to Go:
June - September
Activity Level:
Moderate

Glacier National Park

Montana, USA January; May - October; December Active
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The rugged mountains that weave their way through the Continental Divide in northwest Montana are the backbone of Glacier National Park. The park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road is a spectacular drive that crosses the crest of the Continental Divide.
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Base Town:
Bigfork, MT; Whitefish, MT; Columbia Falls, MT
Closest Airport:
Glacier Park International Airport (FCA); Missoula International Airport (MSO)
When to Go:
January; May - October; December
Closest Airport:
Glacier Park International Airport (FCA); Missoula International Airport (MSO)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Scenic Drives Boating Fishing Horseback Riding Winter Sports Hiking Rafting Biking Climbing Family Stunning Vistas Mountains Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Show all
Base Town:
Bigfork, MT; Whitefish, MT; Columbia Falls, MT
Closest Airport:
Glacier Park International Airport (FCA); Missoula International Airport (MSO)
When to Go:
January; May - October; December
Activity Level:
Active

Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming, USA May - September Active
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With no foothills, the unimpeded view of the Teton Range rising out of Jackson Hole is stunning. Wildlife from short-tailed weasels to grizzly bears abound.
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Base Town:
Jackson, WY
Closest Airport:
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
When to Go:
May - September
Closest Airport:
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Jackson, WY
Closest Airport:
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
When to Go:
May - September
Activity Level:
Active

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Colorado, USA April - October Active
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The 30 square miles of landlocked dune fields are an impressive sight. Aside from the dunes there are eight different life zones to explore, ranging from salty wetlands to alpine peaks.
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Base Town:
Alamosa, CO
Closest Airport:
San Luis Valley International Airport (ALS); Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
San Luis Valley International Airport (ALS); Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Scenic Drives Bird-Watching Fishing Hiking Stunning Vistas Desert Mountains Forests Show all
Base Town:
Alamosa, CO
Closest Airport:
San Luis Valley International Airport (ALS); Colorado Springs Airport (COS)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Active

Great Smoky Mtns. National Park

Tennessee, USA April - November Easy
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The Great Smoky Mountains is one of the great wild areas of the eastern United States, with many of the region's tallest mountains. Within the park you'll find excellent hiking, fishing, and lookouts to marvel at the scenery.
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Base Town:
Knoxville, TN; Asheville, NC; Gatlinburg, TN
Closest Airport:
McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS); Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
When to Go:
April - November
Closest Airport:
McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS); Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
Activity Level:
Easy
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Knoxville, TN; Asheville, NC; Gatlinburg, TN
Closest Airport:
McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS); Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
When to Go:
April - November
Activity Level:
Easy

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Texas, USA March - October Active
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This remote park draws thousands of visitors every fall, when the hardwoods of McKittrick Canyon burst into flaming color. The park is home to the Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in the state.
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Base Town:
Whites City, NM; Carlsbad, NM
Closest Airport:
El Paso International Airport (ELP)
When to Go:
March - October
Closest Airport:
El Paso International Airport (ELP)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Bird-Watching Hiking Climbing Leaf-Peeping Desert Mountains Forests Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Whites City, NM; Carlsbad, NM
Closest Airport:
El Paso International Airport (ELP)
When to Go:
March - October
Activity Level:
Active

Jasper National Park

Alberta, Canada April - October Active
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One of the largest protected mountain ecosystems in the world and the largest of the Canadian Rocky Mountain parks, Jasper woos visitors with its lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, and mountains.
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Base Town:
Edmonton, Canada; Calgary, Canada; Hinton, Canada
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Edmonton, Canada; Calgary, Canada; Hinton, Canada
Closest Airport:
Edmonton International Airport (YEG); Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Active

Joshua Tree National Park

California, USA January - May; September - December Active
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Large stands of Joshua trees gave the park its name, but it’s also a great spot for rock climbing. Brilliant wildflower displays and starry nights add to the draw.
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Base Town:
Palm Springs, CA; Joshua Tree, CA; Twentynine Palms, CA
Closest Airport:
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
When to Go:
January - May; September - December
Closest Airport:
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Palm Springs, CA; Joshua Tree, CA; Twentynine Palms, CA
Closest Airport:
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
When to Go:
January - May; September - December
Activity Level:
Active

Lassen Volcanic National Park

California, USA June - October Active
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Lassen Peak, a dormant plug dome volcano that last erupted in 1915, and every other type of known volcano (shield, cinder cone, and composite) are here, as well as roiling mud pots and hissing steam vents.
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Base Town:
Red Bluff, CA; Redding, CA
Closest Airport:
Sacramento International Airport (SMF); Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
When to Go:
June - October
Closest Airport:
Sacramento International Airport (SMF); Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Red Bluff, CA; Redding, CA
Closest Airport:
Sacramento International Airport (SMF); Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
When to Go:
June - October
Activity Level:
Active

Mesa Verde National Park

Colorado, USA April - October Moderate
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Located in the Four Corners region—the junction of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona—this park houses an amazing collection of Ancestral Puebloan dwellings, some carved directly into cliff faces, and ancient artifacts.
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Base Town:
Cortez, CO; Dolores, CO; Durango, CO
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Scenic Drives Archaeological Sites Bird-Watching History Hiking Family Stunning Vistas Desert Mountains Canyons Show all
Base Town:
Cortez, CO; Dolores, CO; Durango, CO
Closest Airport:
Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Moderate

Mount Rainier National Park

Washington, USA April - October Active
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The fifth-highest mountain in the Lower 48, Mt. Rainier is so massive that the summit is rarely visible, but when conditions are right, the image of the entire mountain is unforgettable. Hikes cover temperate rainforest, old-growth forests of hemlock and fir, high meadows, and tundra—not to mention hot springs, glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls.
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Base Town:
Ashford, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport (SEA)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport (SEA)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Ashford, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma Intl Airport (SEA)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Active

North Cascades National Park

Washington, USA May - October Active
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Hiking on a real glacier is a memorable experience—especially if you add in marmots, golden eagles, and coyotes—and North Cascades is home to several hundred of them.
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Base Town:
Newhalem, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
When to Go:
May - October
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Newhalem, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
When to Go:
May - October
Activity Level:
Active

Olympic National Park

Washington, USA April - October Active
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Centered on Mt. Olympus and framed on three sides by water, this park is known for its temperate rain forests, rugged coastal expanses, Sol Duc hot springs, and hiking (or skiing) at Hurricane Ridge.
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Base Town:
Port Angeles, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA); Victoria International Airport (YYJ)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA); Victoria International Airport (YYJ)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Port Angeles, WA
Closest Airport:
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA); Victoria International Airport (YYJ)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Active

Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado, USA April - October Active
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Alpine lakes, mountain peaks, and wildlife such as elk and bighorn sheep draw visitors to the park. There are also 355 miles of trails leading to meadows filled with wildflowers and crystal lakes and 14,259-foot Long's Peak to summit.
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Base Town:
Estes Park, CO; Grand Lake, CO
Closest Airport:
Denver International Airport (DEN)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Denver International Airport (DEN)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Estes Park, CO; Grand Lake, CO
Closest Airport:
Denver International Airport (DEN)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Active

Shenandoah National Park

Virginia, USA April - October Moderate
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From the open vistas and forest-hemmed stretches of Skyline Drive to the beautiful terrain on the park's 500 miles of trails, Shenandoah National Park is stunning.
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Base Town:
Charlottesville, VA
Closest Airport:
Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO); Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA); Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
When to Go:
April - October
Closest Airport:
Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO); Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA); Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Charlottesville, VA
Closest Airport:
Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO); Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA); Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
When to Go:
April - October
Activity Level:
Moderate

Waterton Lakes National Park

Alberta, Canada May - October Active
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This Canadian national park is the meeting of two worlds: the flatlands of the prairie and the abrupt upthrust of the mountains.
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Base Town:
Cardston, Canada
Closest Airport:
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
May - October
Closest Airport:
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Scenic Drives Bird-Watching Boating Horseback Riding Hiking Biking Climbing Swimming Stunning Vistas Mountains Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Show all
Base Town:
Cardston, Canada
Closest Airport:
Calgary International Airport (YYC)
When to Go:
May - October
Activity Level:
Active

Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming, USA January - December Active
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Best known for Old Faithful, the world's most famous geyser, flowing hot springs, and mudspots, Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the world. Spotting the abundant wildlife, like bison, elk, moose, and bears, is the other main draw.
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Base Town:
Cody, WY; Jackson, WY; West Yellowstone, MT
Closest Airport:
Yellowstone Regional Airport (YRA); Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
When to Go:
January - December
Closest Airport:
Yellowstone Regional Airport (YRA); Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
Activity Level:
Active
Park Highlights:
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Base Town:
Cody, WY; Jackson, WY; West Yellowstone, MT
Closest Airport:
Yellowstone Regional Airport (YRA); Jackson Hole Airport (JAC)
When to Go:
January - December
Activity Level:
Active

Yosemite National Park

California, USA January - December Moderate
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Dozens of famed features, from the soaring granite monoliths of Half Dome and El Capitan, to shimmering waterfalls like Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall, like within reach in the Yosemite Valley.
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Base Town:
Mariposa, CA; Lee Vining, CA; Oakhurst, CA
Closest Airport:
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); San Francisco Airport (SFO)
When to Go:
January - December
Closest Airport:
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Activity Level:
Moderate
Park Highlights:
Wildlife Scenic Drives Wild flowers Bird-Watching Horseback Riding Winter Sports History Hiking Rafting Biking Climbing Waterfalls Family Swimming Stunning Vistas Mountains Forests Glaciers Lakes/Rivers Show all
Base Town:
Mariposa, CA; Lee Vining, CA; Oakhurst, CA
Closest Airport:
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); San Francisco Airport (SFO)
When to Go:
January - December
Activity Level:
Moderate
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