9 Best National Parks to Visit in Summer

Acadia National Park – Maine

Acadia National Park in Maine offers vibrant landscapes and a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking iconic trails like the Precipice Trail and enjoying sunrise from Cadillac Mountain.

Olympic National Park – Washington

Olympic National Park in Washington include the Hoh Rainforest, Rialto Beach, and alpine meadow walks. Lavender Festival and Native American Makah Days are summer highlights.

Glacier National Park – Montana

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Highline, and Grinnell Glacier Trails are in Montana's Glacier National Park. Summer highlights include Glacier Arts Festival and Native America Speaks.

Sequoia National Park – California

Summer hikes like Alta Peak Trail and Tokopah Falls Trail are popular for Giant Forest Museum anniversary and Independence Day celebrations.

Stonewall National Monument – New York

Tonewall National Monument in New York City celebrates LGBTQ+ history with Pride Month on Christopher Street, exciting events, and neighboring attractions like the Leslie-Lohman Museum.

Badlands National Park – South Dakota

Badlands National Park in South Dakota features rugged rock formations, notable trails like Notch Trail and Door Trail, and summer events like Prairie Appreciation Day.

Denali National Park and Preserve – Alaska

Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska offers majestic views of Denali, hiking along Denali Park Road, and summer festivals like the Denali Music Festival and Denali Art and Science Festival.

Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho

Yellowstone National Park is known for landmarks like Old Faithful geyser, hiking trails in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and wildlife excursions in Lamar Valley.

Crater Lake National Park – Oregon

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon has lovely Crater Lake, Rim Drive, and summer boat trips. Cascades and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest are nearby attractions.

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