Some of Our Favorite National Parks by State (Map)
Not all national parks produce the same grandeur. At Forever Resorts, we offer the best adventure vacation lodging, tours and marinas near some of the most popular national parks in the U.S. Here’s a look at some of our favorite national parks by state.
Zion National Park is easily one of the most visited national parks on this list, topping the charts at 4.5 million visitors last year alone. A trip to Zion should be on everyone’s bucket list. Why? Because the scenery is unparalleled. With the sleek red sandstone cliffs as far as the eye can see, narrow slot canyons to explore, waterfalls to hike to and pools to discover, you’ll want to spend more than just one day at this stunning location. Find calm and comfort at Parry Lodge, located only 35 minutes away from Zion, where you can make your adventure vacation complete.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Amid the pines of northern Arizona, you’ll find The Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world. This national park boasts incredible views of panoramic landscapes and painted sunsets, ideal for photographers visiting from near and far. Peer over the cliff’s edge (from a safe distance, of course) and catch a glimpse of the mile-deep canyon beneath you that will take your breath away. Adventurers can enjoy hiking, mule rides, wildlife tours, and more when visiting The Grand Canyon. For a more secluded and intimate stay, consider renting a log cabin or room at the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim.
Most people visit Yosemite National Park for its waterfalls, and we understand why. There are countless waterfalls big and small throughout the park. However, with nearly 1,200 square miles of vast wilderness area, there’s no shortage of activities and additional sites to visit. You can explore different hiking trails through the ancient sequoia trees, climb El Capitan, or even spend time at the Yosemite museum or the world-renowned Ansel Adams Gallery.
Badlands, South Dakota
The Badlands in South Dakota is known for its layered rock formations, towering spires, and bison. Here, you can either drive to the main lookout points, hike or walk about and learn the history of the park. We suggest staying close by to enjoy multiple days at the park. Check out the brand new cabins at Cedar Pass Lodge.
Crater Lake, Oregon
Triggered by a large eruption, Crater Lake was formed after the fall of a tall peak in the Cascade Mountain Range. It’s bright blue color and crystal clear water attract photographers, sightseers, and artists who can’t get enough of the inspiring views. Scientists believe that Crater Lake is the deepest and purest body of water in the world, consisting of only rain and melted snow.
Big Bend, Texas
Big Bend National Park is where you go for solitude. With less than 350,000 visitors per year, Big Bend is one of the least visited national parks in the U.S. But don’t let that discourage you from visiting. Instead, think of it as your very own gigantic playground. Enjoy hiking, driving and horseback riding around the Chihuahuan desert, where you’ll encounter the Chisos mountain range and the Rio Grande river along the way. Suggested lodging nearby is Big Bend Resort & Adventures.
Grand Teton, Wyoming
Spanning over 480 square miles, Grand Teton National Park is located near Jackson, Wyoming, just 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park. It’s the perfect place for one to escape to experience the beauty of nature and its wildlife. Dozens of species of mammals, about 300 species of birds, several species of fish and a few species of reptiles and amphibians inhabit this park. Grand Teton is ideal for hiking, floating, fishing, ATV riding and more. Make the most out of your adventure by booking a guided tour with Scenic Safaris, check out their winter and summer tours here.
With 59 national parks in the U.S. alone, narrowing our list down to seven was no easy task. Ultimately, when you’re looking for a new travel destination, keep in mind the activities you want to do and research the best time to visit. If you have any questions or are looking for even more lodging and adventure ideas (including houseboat rentals), visit our website!