The United States National Park System attracts millions of visitors worldwide.
It offers a variety of park and recreational places that range from the awe inspiring Grand Canyon, to giant monuments carved into mountain sides and lush country-side landscapes. Here are a couple of locations to get your out and exploring what the country has to offer.
Hot Springs National Park: Arkansas
Many people hear the words “hot springs,” and envision communing outside in natural springs with other visitors. This is not quite how things work at Hot Springs National Park. You can take baths here at the park, but the park actually collects hot water from its springs and distributes it to the public bathhouses inside the park parameters. Originally there were eight bathhouses but over the years most of them have been closed or repurposed. Buckstaff and Quapaw are the only two houses that are still open for use. Information can be found at www.hotsprings.org.
Grand Teton National Park: Wyoming
The Grand Teton’s span nearly 485 square miles of mountain, rivers and wilderness. The park is probably best known for the wildlife that inhabits the land. It is not unusual for visitors to see bad eagles, beavers, elk, and bison wandering through the grounds. The pristine lakes and rugged terrain make this an intriguing spot to explore. With more than two hundred miles of trails there is opportunity for long treks as well as short day trips. It is definitely a spot for those who enjoy the great outdoors! Stop by the website at nps.gov/grte to learn more.
Olympic National Park: Washington
If you and your traveling companions are nature lovers looking for a great spot to explore, then Olympic National Park is for you. The total size of the park is close to one million acres, 95% of which is wilderness and what a wilderness it is! The park offers beaches, rain forests, glaciers, hiking trials, lodges, resorts, and numerous campgrounds. Whether you are seeking to spend time in the water or on a trail, you are sure to find something for you at this park. One caveat: It is highly recommended that visitors check the weather report before visiting. Weather can change quickly depending on the time of year with some parts of the park getting as much of 12 feet of rain annually. More information is available at nps.gov/olym.
Get out and explore the national countryside and wildlife the U.S. has to offer. You might be pleasantly surprised and hidden gems that await you.