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    16 Underrated Nature Spots In The US That Have All The Beauty Without All The Crowds

    For when you're craving fresh air, but don't want to see other humans.

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    1. Alvord Desert — Oregon

    An empty cracked desert landscape with a purple and pink sunset sky
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    When you think of Oregon, you probably think of lush greenery, not a desert. But that's what makes this gorgeous landscape so underrated! The wide open expanse of the Alvord Desert is definitely worth the drive, especially if you get to glimpse it during sunset.

    2. Prince William Forest Park — Virginia

    3. Palo Duro Canyon State Park — Texas

    Orange cliffs dotted with green shrubbery under a blue sky
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    This park gives you grand canyon views without the Grand Canyon crowds. Explore on foot, bike, or even horse if you want to get real rustic! The colors of the canyon become even more beautiful at sunset, and don't forget to catch the starry sky at night.

    4. Franny Reese State Park — New York

    5. Uinta Mountains — Utah

    Drone shot of a muddy river snaked between two huge cliffs
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    Ready to get rough and rugged? That describes these Utah mountains perfectly. Much of the surrounding area is car-free, leaving just wide open (and usually people-free) wilderness ready to be explored. Don't forget to visit the nearby Dinosaur National Monument to also embrace your inner paleontologist.

    6. Kahana Bay Beach Park — Hawaii

    Turquoise ocean surrounded by bright green, lush mountains
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    There's no shortage of gorgeous beaches in Hawaii, but this secluded spot on Oahu is a true hidden treasure that's rarely crowded. The water can be murky and not great for swimming, but this park is perfect for a picnic or just a stroll on the sand.

    7. Paint Mines Interpretive Park — Colorado

    Two sharp rock faces with a purple tinge sit below a twilight sky
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    Despite being less than two hours from both Denver and Colorado Springs, this 750-acre park flies under the radar. Come for the lack of crowds, stay for the 9,000-year-old colorful rock formations that will forever live in your head rent-free.

    8. Theodore Roosevelt National Park — North Dakota

    A sunset hovers over a wide shot of greenery, cliffs, and a snaking river
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    You'll probably find more animals than people in these badlands, including bison, prairie dogs, deer, and more. With plenty of hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult, you'll have plenty of chances to catch a glimpse of these critters.

    9. Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area — Arizona

    The moon in a twilight sky over a desert landscape dotted with shrubs and two red, petrified wood pieces in the foreground
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    Walking through this landscape dotted with petrified wood — that looks like rocks dropped from space — may be the closest thing you'll get to another planet. Because of its rugged terrain, this section of the park is rarely visited, so you'll have the wilderness all to yourself.

    10. Ricker Pond State Park — Vermont

    11. Dry Tortugas National Park — Florida

    Clear, turquoise waters around a historic brick fortress
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    Looking at that turquoise water, it's hard to believe that this was one of the least-visited parks in 2019! It's made up of seven islands, but the best part is the water, which is beautiful and brimming with marine life, like coral reefs and sea turtles.

    12. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park — Alaska

    Tall pine trees surround a river with snow-capped mountains in the distance
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    This park — the largest in the US — is SIX times the size of Yellowstone National Park! Despite its scale, stunning glaciers, and interesting wildlife, it receives just a fraction of the visitors of Alaska's most famous park, Denali.

    13. Humbug Spires Wilderness Area — Montana

    14. Channel Islands National Park — California

    A POV shot overlooking a cliff with rocky islands in the distance, making a chain of islands
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    These five islands just off the coast of California have to be accessed by boat, meaning only the truly dedicated make it out to the trails. With a cornucopia of wildlife to see, though, it's worth the effort! Santa Cruz is the largest island, so you may be less likely to pass other hikers as you explore.

    15. Providence Canyon State Park — Georgia

    Red and white canyons covered with lush green trees
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    Known as Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon," this park is just a little over 1,000 acres, giving you just enough space to explore, hike, and catch a sunrise or sunset without dealing with the crowds of a larger park.

    16. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie — Illinois

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