Nevada: Valley of Fire State Park
Those who visit for the nature and not the casinos should head to the Mojave Desert. It’s just a 45-minute drive away from the strip. In this park, you’ll find roughly 50,000 acres of 2,000-year-old petroglyphs, colossal sandstone rock formations, and petrified trees.
You can learn more about the park’s fascinating landscape at the Visitors Center, or dive right in and set up camp! You’ll simply love the park at dusk when the colorful sunset hues give you hints of how this location got its name.
New Hampshire: Franconia Notch State Park
The aerial tramway at this park takes visitors up about 4,080ft to the summit of Cannon Mountain. Visitors will get to see the mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York, and even Canada on a clear day.
During your visit, you can swim in Echo Lake, go fly fishing at Profile Lake, do some rock climbing, bike, and so much more.
New Jersey: Island Beach State Park
As you may have guessed, this park is all about fun in the sun. The small barrier island stretches for over 10 miles, offering miles and miles of sandy coastline and seaside dunes.