New Mexico: City of Rocks State Park
This park is just as its name suggests: a square-mile cluster of giant volcanic stones that date back millions of years. Some are even up to 40ft high. The rocks form a city, with paths between them as if they were buildings that suddenly appeared in the middle of the desert.
But even though the main attraction might be the rocks, the park also offers hiking, birdwatching, camping, and stargazing.
New York: Niagara Falls State Park
Niagara Falls State Park is probably one of the most famous, but it’s also one of the oldest. Inside this iconic park, you’ll find destinations like Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls, and part of Horseshoe Falls.
North Carolina: Fort Macon State Park
This park offers the amenities of a coastal beach park with just a smidge of American history added to it. After touring the Civil War-era fort, visitors can go fishing on the inlet or take a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean.