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  • Published on Jan 25, 2016
    4 National Parks You've Got To See in 2016

    Dry Tortugas

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    Typically when you think of national parks, sandy white beaches don’t come to mind. Think again! The Dry Tortugas National Park is a tropical oasis that will take your breath away while wooing you with historical artifacts. This park is a beach trip like none other! Since the Tortuga Islands are located just off the Key West Coast, about 70 miles from the nearest city, travelers can only get there by seaplane or by ferry. So it is important to plan ahead, but entirely worth it. There’s plenty to do in the park, but the most common attractions are camping and snorkeling. This area is said to have the best snorkeling in Key West! How’s that for a nontraditional way to explore a park?

     

    Great Smoky Mountains

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    The Great Smoky Mountain range is nestled right on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. This park has countless activities including camping, biking, auto touring, fishing, hiking and more! The waterfalls, wildlife, and wildflower views are certain to leave you breathtaken set against a classic Tennessee sunset. Add a dash of rich history to your trip as you visit any of the 90 historical structures in the park. Some of the most popular destinations in the park are: Cades Cove, Cataloochee, Roaring Fork, and Clingmans Dome. If you plan your trip for the Fall, you will get to see the trees turn and make memories that will last a lifetime.

     

    Arches

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    This national park is a geologists dream come true!  Arches National Park is located just 5 miles north of tourist hotspot Moab. This park is home to the largest collection of natural sandstone arches in the world. In addition to the arches, there are countless other natural geological structures including balanced rocks and sandstone fins! For those just passing through, there is a scenic path that leads drivers to each of the most popular spots. However, if you are planning to make a trip out of it, the Primitive Loop takes hikers to less frequented, but equally magnificent sites as well! There are no shortage of photo opportunities at this national park!

     

    Zion

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    Its early discoverers named it Zion as they felt its views were too beautiful for mere mortals; these were the sites of the gods! Its reputation lives up to its name. Located in Springdale, Utah, Zion National Park has become a paradise for hikers, campers, and wanderlusts alike. This park was once covered by a low body of water, but with the combined forces of time and Mother Nature, the once sand dune laden desert is now lined with 2,000 foot cliffs that create some of the most picturesque canyon views in the country. Words cannot do it justice, you must see if for yourself!

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