There are many reasons you may want your national park vacation to take you really close to nature. Perhaps you’re an adventurer at heart, and you long to explore freely. Or maybe you’re growing weary of this fast-paced world, and you want a vacation that will help you slow down. Any one of these options should do the trick. For parks that will fully immerse you in the natural world, look no further. Here come our 5 suggestions for an amazing, close to nature experience.
Olympic National Park, Washington
This park offers many chances to get close to nature in its variety of activities (hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking, climbing). But if you really want to get as close as possible to nature, you might consider camping for a night or two in the Hoh Rainforest. This lush green wonderland receives roughly 12 to 14 feet of rain a year, making a visit to this place an unforgettable experience.
Zion National Park, Utah
Maybe you care less about seeing wildlife than you do about participating in outdoor activities. If so, then Zion National Park may be your next vacation destination! You’ll still get close to nature (and in Zion, there’s plenty of beauty to behold in its painted cliffs!). But you’ll do so by rock climbing, river rafting, hiking, and taking part in other athletic pursuits.
Yosemite National Park, California
Surrounded exclusively by nature and many miles from the nearest road, the High Sierra Camps offer a home base for all of your wilderness excursions at Yosemite. Here, it’s easy to lose yourself in seclusion while staying connected to what you’ve come for: the natural features and wildlife all around you.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
No hotels can be found inside this national park, so if you want to get up personal with and close to nature, this destination’s the one for you. Anyone seeking the comfort of a warm bed after a day of adventures will have to trek into nearby Estes Park, meaning Rocky Mountain is the perfect place to get in touch with your wild side.
Glacier National Park, Montana
With 700 miles of hiking and horseback trails to explore, this park is paradise for those who prefer to get very close to nature. Wander down any of its winding paths and you’re sure to stumble across more than a few natural wonders!
Of course these aren’t the only national parks that will get you close to nature! For more suggestions, contact our experts at Visit USA Parks. Together, we’ll help you craft your dream of getting close to nature.