Sometimes forgotten but impossible to replicate anywhere else, America’s national parks perfectly represent the untouched beauty of the natural world.
As the year unfolds and our often times chaotic society continues to churn, we look for an escape. And there’s no better place to do so than a national park – a place where the air is unaltered and the night’s sky is unobstructed. From coast to coast, here’s where we’re looking to blaze a trail in 2017…
The product of an enormous volcanic eruption some 7,700 years ago, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. Its pristine blue water, created by the rain and snow of Southwest Oregon that feeds the lake, will leave visitors in awe.
As the name implies, Glacier National Park was once home to an estimated 150 glaciers. Today, because of climate change, only 25 remain which only gives more reason for a visit to Glacier.
While places like Marfa are making the arid region of Far West Texas cool, it’s got some competition some 100 miles southwest. At Big Bend, you can explore the vastness of the Chihuahuan Desert, or take refuge from the heat among the Chisos Mountains and the Rio Grande River.
You can find blooming flowers year round in the Great Smoky Mountains. With over 1,500 varieties, it’s known as the “Wildflower National Park.”
Home to over 500 miles of hiking trails, Shenandoah is nestled along a section of the famous blue ridge mountain range and is just a short car ride west of Washington D.C.
Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com