With Spring just around the corner, the weather is beginning to warm up all throughout the United States. That means it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and explore. And what better way to celebrate sunny days and nature than to visit a National Park- or two, or three?

In this post, we have a list of some of the best National Parks to visit during Spring. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee) 

Picture this: A cabin porch, beautiful mountain views, and a glass of sweet tea in the morning, followed by a heart-healthy hike in the afternoon and a little shopping and entertainment in the evening. Ahhh, perfection. Right? Especially since Spring isn’t a tourist-heavy month, so it won’t be too crowded. 

Zion National Park (Utah)

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Happy Valentine's Day! Have you fallen in love with a national park? Tell us about it in the comments! There are so many things to love about Zion, but one of our favorites is the shuttle bus. The shuttle began in the year 2000 to help alleviate traffic and parking congestion on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Today, the shuttle allows many more people to access Zion Canyon than would be able to without it. Shuttles return tomorrow and will be required to access the Scenic Drive on weekends until everyday service begins on March 7th. For a current shuttle schedule, including all upcoming dates times, read our website: https://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/shuttle-system.htm NPS Photo #zionnationalpark #claretcupcactus

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If you’re interested in stunning Spring photographs to remember your vacation by, consider visiting Zion National Park. It has red cliffs, forest trails, waterfalls and gardens in store for you. 

Like the other parks on this list, Spring promises lighter foot traffic and a wonderful wildflower background. You can enjoy the park in a number of ways, with hikes, guided tours, horseback rides, cycling, camping and more.

Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska) 

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Far out: Glacier Bay, as seen from SPACE! Check out this photo of our beautiful bay, photographed from the International Space Station. This photo was taken in May of 2016 by an astronaut aboard the #ISS, using a Nikon D4 camera and an 800mm lens, similar to what many wildlife photographers use to get close-up photos of animals. According to NASA, this photo was taken from a mere 213 nautical miles above the Earth! This image has been stitched together from 3 photos, and colors have been enhanced to appear closer to what they look like from within Earth's atmosphere. Thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory for these photos. Images courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center Search for more imagery here: https://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ Images referenced here: ISS047-E-119509 ISS047-E-119510 ISS047-E-119511 @nasaearth @nasa @nasajohnson #EarthFromSpace #ISSimagery #NASA #Earth #AstronautPhotography #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

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During March and April, the leftover snow and glaciers begin to crack and melt, the water is amazingly blue, and the animals begin to come out. If you take a tour on the water, you will see orca whales and humpback whales.  

Death Valley National Park (California) 

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Welcome to Death Valley…⁠ ⁠ Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley. In this below sea level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbour tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. ⁠ ⁠ Upcoming Event – Death Valley Dark Sky Festival will held be February 21-23, 2020. Explore the park’s unique landscape and dark night skies that help us better understand the wonders beyond our world. This event is a collaboration between the park, Death Valley Natural History Association, NASA, and many other organisations. More information: @deathvalleynps⁠ ⁠ Repost – @luxuryadventuretravel .. 📷 @travelandleisure⁠ ⁠ #luxuryadventuretravel #adventuretravel #deathvalleynationalpark #tlpicks #DeathValleyLove #nationalparkgeek #usnationalparks #goparks #nationalparkphotography #national_park_photography #usparksandmonuments #nationalparklife #deathvalleynationalpark #badwaterbasin #brycecanyon #monumentvalley #grandcanyonnationalpark #brycecanyonnationalpark #zionnationalpark #archesnationalpark #mojavedeser #roadtripusa #usaroadtrip #travelusa #visitusa #americanroadtrip #exploreusa #visittheusa #UnitedStories #OutdoorsUSA #theunxplored

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Death Valley is much more beautiful than its name would have you believe. It’s a must-see, with all of its sand dunes, peaks, and colorful rocks.

However, if you try and visit during the scorching summer months, you might really think you’re dying. Spring is a way better time to visit!Magnificent wildflowers are in bloom and the temperatures don’t typically rise above 80 degrees Fahrenheit versus 115 degrees Fahrenheit and plus during June, July, and August.