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9 Breathtaking National Parks You Wish You’d Known About Sooner

Are you filled with wanderlust? Caught the travel bug? Get some inspiration for your next trip as Nature Valley™ challenges families to explore trails and create memories together.

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1. Zion National Park, Utah

This country doesn't just have one canyon, y'know. Zion National Park is known for its "slot canyons." Basically what this means is Zion's canyons are deeper than they are wide, which makes for some pretty dramatic views sure to leave you breathless.
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This country doesn't just have one canyon, y'know. Zion National Park is known for its "slot canyons." Basically what this means is Zion's canyons are deeper than they are wide, which makes for some pretty dramatic views sure to leave you breathless.

2. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

If you're visiting Grand Teton National Park, be sure to lace up those hiking boots and grab your camping gear. With over 200 miles of trails and spacious campgrounds, this park is an explorer's dream.
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If you're visiting Grand Teton National Park, be sure to lace up those hiking boots and grab your camping gear. With over 200 miles of trails and spacious campgrounds, this park is an explorer's dream.

3. Glacier National Park, Montana

Just look at that water! Glacier National Park is known for its prominent glacier-carved terrain which makes for some pretty spectacular views. If you're an animal-lover, you'll be happy to know that this park is full of wildlife with everything from goats to grizzlies.
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Just look at that water! Glacier National Park is known for its prominent glacier-carved terrain which makes for some pretty spectacular views. If you're an animal-lover, you'll be happy to know that this park is full of wildlife with everything from goats to grizzlies.

4. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

History nerds, rejoice! This country's national parks aren't just mountains and lakes. The Ancestral Pueblo people made Mesa Verde National Park their home over 700 years ago. This fascinating park offers dramatic cliff dwellings and over 5,000 archeological sites.
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History nerds, rejoice! This country's national parks aren't just mountains and lakes. The Ancestral Pueblo people made Mesa Verde National Park their home over 700 years ago. This fascinating park offers dramatic cliff dwellings and over 5,000 archeological sites.

5. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

This secluded island boasts stunning scenery with a unique, secluded feel. Surrounded by water, Isle Royale National Park offers canoeing, kayaking, and even scuba diving! Be sure to visit the park's iconic Rock Harbor Lighthouse.
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This secluded island boasts stunning scenery with a unique, secluded feel. Surrounded by water, Isle Royale National Park offers canoeing, kayaking, and even scuba diving! Be sure to visit the park's iconic Rock Harbor Lighthouse.

6. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

We know what you're thinking: "Which pirate-themed movie is this picture from?" It's actual Dry Tortugas National Park: an 100-square mile open water park that consists of seven small islands. This Key West park boasts picturesque blue waters and spectacular coral reefs teeming with marine life.
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We know what you're thinking: "Which pirate-themed movie is this picture from?" It's actual Dry Tortugas National Park: an 100-square mile open water park that consists of seven small islands. This Key West park boasts picturesque blue waters and spectacular coral reefs teeming with marine life.

7. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

That's right. It's a dang crater lake. 7,700 years ago a volcano collapsed and now we have Crater Lake: the deepest lake in the United States. Surrounded by mountain peaks, Crater Lake National Park practically begs you to hike to its peaks to admire the stunning blue water.
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That's right. It's a dang crater lake. 7,700 years ago a volcano collapsed and now we have Crater Lake: the deepest lake in the United States. Surrounded by mountain peaks, Crater Lake National Park practically begs you to hike to its peaks to admire the stunning blue water.

8. Guadelupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Yes! This is Texas! Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers canyons, mountains, and fossil reefs (Yes! There's such a thing as fossil reefs! Pretty cool, right?). Don't be fooled, while this park may seem like a dry climate, the life-blood of this park is its streams and springs. These bodies of water allow for a diverse assortment of flora and fauna.
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Yes! This is Texas! Guadalupe Mountains National Park offers canyons, mountains, and fossil reefs (Yes! There's such a thing as fossil reefs! Pretty cool, right?). Don't be fooled, while this park may seem like a dry climate, the life-blood of this park is its streams and springs. These bodies of water allow for a diverse assortment of flora and fauna.

9. Denali National Park, Alaska

Maybe you were asking yourself: "What is the tallest mountain in all of North America? Where is it? How can I visit it?" Well, we've got the answer: It's Denali, and it sits inside Denali National Park in Alaska. Hikers and nature-lovers can enjoy tons of wildlife and trails. And if you're an expert adventurer, you can plan an expedition to the mountain peak.
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Maybe you were asking yourself: "What is the tallest mountain in all of North America? Where is it? How can I visit it?" Well, we've got the answer: It's Denali, and it sits inside Denali National Park in Alaska. Hikers and nature-lovers can enjoy tons of wildlife and trails. And if you're an expert adventurer, you can plan an expedition to the mountain peak.

Inspired to take on your next epic adventure? Together with the MapMyHike app, Nature Valley™ is challenging families to get outside and collectively hike one million miles this summer. Why one million? If everyone participating collectively logs at least one million miles in qualifying hikes, Nature Valley™ will donate $250,000 to the National Park Foundation. Sign up for the challenge here!