of the Most Beautiful State Parks in the U.S.
With 423 sites spread across 85 million acres, America’s national park system is a treasure trove of wilderness gems, panoramic vistas, and historical landmarks. But many of the country’s state parks are every bit as stunning to visit — with the added benefit that they are often overlooked by tourists, especially travelers from other states or countries. Managed by individual states instead of the federal government, these natural wonders are often easier and less expensive to access. There are more than 3,700 state parks scattered throughout the nation, offering activities to appeal to every type of traveler — from the surfer to the spelunker. Here are 14 state parks you shouldn’t miss.