The New Year is upon us, and that means it’s time for resolutions and big plans for 2018. If your plans include getting outside for some hiking and camping, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from. Deciding where to visit can be a daunting task, so we’ve decided to help and give you a list of 5 great national parks to visit in 2018.
If your 2018 plans include seeing some fantastic scenery, Bryce Canyon is an absolute must! You’ll see some of the most amazing rock formations in the country, and there are plenty of activities for the whole family. You can find some great hiking trails, a museum and seasonal festivals throughout the year.
Arizona and Utah
It’s no surprise that this one made the list. The Grand Canyon is among the top landmarks in America. What’s great about this national park is that you can experience it both on hiking trails and driving trails. There are programs that will supply you with binoculars and field guides, as well as guided tours. The Grand Canyon Village museum is an actual National Historic Landmark, and it’s a must-see for anyone visiting.
Great Smoky Mountains
The Smoky Mountains offer up some beautiful views of Appalachia, and the history of the park is a real testament to what can happen when we preserve our lands. There are plenty of camping opportunities and hiking trails, including sections of the famous Appalachian Trail. It’s also an amazing opportunity for museum lovers, as the park includes more than 90 different historic buildings and sites.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park is unique because you can essentially experience four separate environments in one park: mountains, lowlands, coasts, and rainforests. There are plenty of hiking opportunities, but the 72 miles of coastline that borders the park offers the best views.
If your bucket list for 2018 includes seeing the highest peaks in any of the national parks, then Rocky Mountain National Park is for you! While you can certainly find plenty of hiking trails throughout the park, one of the highlights is driving the Trail Ridge, which is America’s highest continuous roadway, peaking at over 12,000 feet.