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    11 Lesser-Known National Parks You Probably Haven't Visited Yet

    These smaller or less crowded national parks are seriously underrated.

    The coronavirus pandemic is still impacting travel, and destinations around the world have different COVID-19 restrictions in place. It’s important to check and adhere to local government policies as you plan any trips.

    The Grand Canyon and Yellowstone are gorgeous, but those big-name national parks draw in serious crowds. Whether you're feeling ready to get outdoors or you want a quick weekend adventure close to home, consider these underrated alternatives.

    And if you do decide to go, visit responsibly and safely to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. Check out the CDC's recommendations for visiting parks here.

    1. North Cascades National Park (Washington)

    Snow-capped mountains surrounded by green meadows in North Cascades National Park.

    2. Virgin Islands National Park (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

    A blue crescent-shaped beach surrounded by lush palm trees in Virgin Islands National Park.

    3. Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas)

    El Capitan, the iconic peak of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, with a lone palm tree standing before it.

    4. Capitol Reef National Park (Utah)

    A starry night at Capitol Reef National Park where the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye.

    5. Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida)

    A view of Fort Jefferson and a moat surrounded by clear blue water at Dry Tortugas National Park.

    6. Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)

    A colorful sunset over Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park.

    7. Lassen Volcanic National Park (California)

    A snowy mountain peak and a glassy lake surrounded by trees in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

    8. Isle Royale National Park (Michigan)

    The sun setting over a lake in Isle Royale National Park.

    9. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve (Alaska)

    A grizzly bear standing in a patch of grass before a mountain backdrop in  Lake Clark National Park.

    10. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Colorado)

    A landscape shot of Great Sand Dunes National Park at sunrise, showing pink-colored dunes against a mountain.

    11. Congaree National Park (South Carolina)

    A paved boardwalk passing through tall trees in Congaree National Park.

    Be sure to check the National Park Service website for up-to-date information on park openings.

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    Utah has five national parks. An earlier version of this post misstated the number.