It’s impossible not to feel a sense of wonder while exploring America’s national parks. Thunderous waterfalls, rushing rivers, towering forests and green meadows are nature’s playground where visitors can hike, swim, fish and camp. It’s exciting to spot deer drinking from a river, bears crossing a meadow, and other wildlife in their natural habitats.

Each year, millions of visitors worldwide visit our nation’s beautiful national parks. While each park is unique, the following five lesser-known national parks are gems worth adding to any bucket list. 

Be sure to stop by a visitor center for maps and current park information. Pick up the park newspaper for local happenings.