The scorching heat has been draining all our stamina and there’s nothing we can do about it. Wait a minute, really? There’s surely a way out. That means it’s time to go out and explore the Mother Nature. And there’s no better place to experience the great al fresco than in world’s national parks—exploring some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. From mild to wild, legendary to almost unfamiliar, Janaharsha Group Reviews the best places to lay your head inside the national parks.
- Slough Creek Campground, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
By virtue of its geysers and grizzlies, the 3,500-square-mile Yellowstone, the first national park, is indeed the most iconic. Slough Creek, home to fly-fishing for cutthroat trout, is perfectly secluded, allowing the campers to enjoy viewing not only grizzlies, but equally elusive wolves as well, on its 20 primordial sites.
- Namakanipaio Campground, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’i
Featuring the notable volcanoes Mauna Loa, one of the gigantic mountains on earth, and Kīlauea, which is continuously erupting since 1983, this park is hard to beat for absolute drama. Situated 4,000 feet up in an aromatic eucalyptus grove, Namakanipaio Campground is known for 16 wonderful campsites.
- Tuweep, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Similar to Slough Creek in Yellowstone, Tuweep, situated on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, endows the campers with an opportunity to escape the big crowds that pack the most well-liked national parks. There’s a mesmerizing view, 3,000 feet right down to the Colorado River.
- Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park, California
Based off the SoCal coast, the Channel Islands have been hailed as “The Galapagos of North America” owing to their on-of-a-kind 145 plant and animal species. Take a boat in Ventura or Oxnard, place a camp in one of Anacapa’s seven primordial sites and snorkel, dive, kayak or trek as per your preference.
- Piñon Flats, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Apart from serving up ethereal 600- and 700-foot-high sand dunes, the park does so beside magnificent views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Take a trek to the dunes from Piñon Flats, featuring more than 85 developed sites, and experience sand boarding and sand sledding, or splash in Medano Creek, which runs in the spring.
- Big Meadows Campground, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Perfect for families who are not so fond of harsher boondocks, Shenandoah unwinds over 300 square miles rich Blue Ridge Mountains. With 200 urbanized campsites, Big Meadows is advantageously situated close to three scenic waterfalls, the Appalachian Trail and Skyline Drive, one of the country’s exquisite roads.
- Houseboat, Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
A seventh heaven for anglers of everything from valley to hilltop, Voyageurs National Park includes over 218,054 acres of the Northern Boreal Forest, out of which 84,000 are lake side. Here, more than 200 campsites can only be reached out through water. For getting here, you can easily rent houseboats from vendors operating outside the park.
Indeed, it’s time to explore!