How many state parks have YOU visited?
Discouraged about the high cost of travel? We’ve got great news! You don’t have to go anywhere pricey or far-flung to have that dream vacation. There’s plenty to see and do in our beloved country, starting with the state parks.
Although the national parks are the ones that boast massive networks of hiking trails and breathtaking views, they’re also packed with tourists. State parks, however, have just as many activities to offer without all those overwhelming crowds.
Over 10,000 US state parks extend across millions of acres of our land, compared to just 423 national parks. In fact, there’s more than likely a state park within a stone’s throw away from your own home, no matter where you live.
So if you’re looking for a more accessible trip, state parks are often less expensive, less crowded, and wonderfully underrated. But with thousands to choose from, narrowing down your options can be tricky.
And even though favorites are always subjective, there are those unique places that leave a lasting impression on anyone who visits.
We got the 411 from locals, outdoor enthusiasts, and frequent travelers in every state to gather the best state parks in all of our beautiful 50 states. Here are our top picks of our country’s greatest natural wonders, one state park at a time!