Three National Parks You May Want to Visit Before Summer’s End

August 7, 2017

With summer soon drawing to a close, it's time to take advantage of the sunshine and warmer temperatures. Here are three national parks worth traveling for this season.

Crater Lake National Park.
Thanks to its famously clean air, the views at Crater Lake National Park are almost beyond description. You can typically see about 100 miles out into the distance from the peak of Mount Scott, which only takes a relatively easy 2.5-mile hike to reach. From up there, you'll also have a panoramic view of the park's namesake Crater Lake. Like the air that floats just above its surface, the lake's water is among the most pristine in the country.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Perhaps the only thing that can rival Crater Lake, in terms of its stunning appearance, is one of the towering 250-foot tall trees you'll encounter at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California. It's actually home to the world's biggest tree, named the General Sherman Tree, which rises 274.9 feet tall and boasts a whopping 78.5-foot circumference. Hike to the northern side of the Giant Forest to check it out.

Shenandoah National Park.
The West Coast isn't the only side of the country with stunning national parks. Virginia boasts one of the most picturesque parks in the country, Shenandoah National Park. It's less than 100 miles from DC, but the park feels worlds apart from the bustling metropolis. It's home to more than 10 gushing waterfalls, beautiful foliage courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and, of course, plenty of opportunities for hiking (more specifically, 500 miles of trails) and camping.

Where are you headed this summer?

Top National Parks to Visit in Summer [Trip Savvy]
10 Best National Parks to Visit in Summer [Fodor's Travel]

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