There’s nothing quite like a national park vacation—full of idyllic scenery, adventures for any age, and picturesque landscapes that stay with you. Venture to one of these parks this spring for one memorable trip!
Joshua Tree, California
Long desert roads that never seem to end and boulders and cacti for an Instagram-worthy backdrop, Joshua Tree is a park that you may just never want to leave. Stargazing is also a noteworthy thing to do if venturing to this park is on your agenda, as the expansive landscape makes for an ideal place to see a beautiful starry sky.
Any season is worthy of a trip to Yellowstone, but consider spring if you really need to nail down a time to go. Peak season, as with most national parks, is summer, so throughout the spring months you won’t have to fight through as much of a crowd. Many frequent park goers favor this time of year as well for the abundance of wildlife you’re able to spot.
Death Valley, California & Nevada
Artist’s Drive, a volcanic windy drive through Death Valley, is a must-see on your national park tour. The park also features sand dunes, which can be explored via moonlight guided tours, and over 1,000 plant species you won’t be able to find anywhere else. The barren expansiveness of this park is mesmerizing and will make you all the more intrigued by Nevada’s natural beauty.
Capitol Reef, Utah
With a popular hiking and backpacking scene (all with well-marked trails and breathtaking views), a significant star-viewing opportunity at night, and exciting rock climbing opportunities for experienced climbers, Capitol Reef is for the adventurer. You might also spot some fossils and animal tracks, too!
Peak season for this destination is during the fall, but it’s equally beautiful (and less crowded) during the spring. Acadia has it all for the outdoors fan—hiking, water sports, horseback riding, swimming, birdwatching, and more. Park Loop Road is also one of the most scenic drives you could take, with forests, wildlife, and many more natural treasures right outside your window.
The list doesn’t end there, but these national park destinations are worth a weeklong vacation (or more!) if you’re looking to plan an exciting trip this spring.