Best parks in the U.S. to visit this spring and summer 2018

The arrival of the spring and summer months is always a great time to explore the great outdoors and reconnect with nature. Whether you plan on going alone or with the entire family, here are some of the best U.S. parks to visit this 2018.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sprawled between Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains has some of the most visited trails and streams in the country. The ideal time to visit is from April 19-23, as the park hosts the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. There’s so much to do and enjoy here, from photo tours and art classes to historical walks and even horse camp options.

Shenandoah National Park
Travelers in this Virginia park get to explore more than 200,000 acres of beautiful mountains, stunning waterfalls, and rich wildlife. Visitors can hike a section of the famed Appalachian Trail or take a road trip along the Skyline Drive.

Wind Cave National Park
You’ve to pack your bags for South Dakota to witness this awesome park that features the world’s longest and most intricate collection of caves and more than 28,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and rich wildlife.

Yosemite National Park
Easily one of the most popular in the U.S., the Yosemite National Park in California is a must-visit for attractions like Colombia Rock, Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Sentinel Rock. It has 13 campgrounds and amenities for car-camping and RV-ing.

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Hello, I’m Allen R. Hartman, a retired photographer. Among my favorite photographic subjects are scenes from national parks. For more on my work and interests, check out this blog.