Maybe you aren't one to be out and about just yet, with all that's going on in the world, or less crowded areas have just been your thing. The National Park Service is celebrating 105 years on August 25th, 2021, by waiving entrance fees and putting on a show with programs in-person as well as virtual experiences. Here are a few secluded National Parks to visit with loads of activities in store.
Alaska: Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
Alaska's Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is one of the least visited parks because of the pandemic. The site used to draw in about 10 000 visitors a year, but during these unfortunate times has only had nearly 3 000 visitors. In the northernmost Arctic circle, the park has no roads or trails but is filled with serene landscapes to fill your phone's picture folder. Enjoy nature with no distractions in this secluded space, home to loads of wildlife, with a lovely view of the northern lights at night.
South Carolina: Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park is often overlooked even though it's merely a half-hour drive from the state's capital, Columbia. The park features plenty of scenic hikes and provides the best weather conditions for said excursions during the fall months. Plan a trip and explore trails like the Boardwalk Loop and Oakridge Trail in the largest home of old-growth hardwood forest in southeastern America.
Texas: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
In the Chihuahuan Desert of the Guadalupe Mountains, there is truly something for everyone. This park has it all, from sky islands of the Bowl to dunes in the western escarpment. There are also glorious canyons and a little oasis of springs. One trip will have you wondering why you haven't taken more trips to hidden gems across the country.