Nearly 240 million people visited our national parks last year, and the National Park Service is bracing for another record turn-out this season. It’s hard to enjoy the peace and serenity of Mother Nature, when you’re battling crowds of sightseers. Fortunately, now you don’t have to. The Washington Post compiled a list of awesome alternatives to some of the country’s most popular national parks.
More than 12 million people filled Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2020 and the crowds are returning this year. Another equally amazing vacation would be a visit to North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest. It’s known as one of the waterfall capitals of the country.
Instead of Yosemite National Park, the magazine suggests Sequoia National Park, which is home to some of the largest trees in the world. If wildlife is what you want to see, consider the National Bison Range nature reserve over the overcrowded Yellowstone National Park.
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