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National & State Parks

Experience All 59 National Parks!Best National Parks

When it comes to driving the nation, some of the best sights to behold are our national parks. From the epic Grand Canyon to Acadia in Maine, the national parks each have something special to offer. The guides on our blog to the national parks offer suggestions for the best hikes, scenic drives, and activities at the parks, along with information on where to stay nearby. As the 100th anniversary of the national park system approaches, there’s no better time to discover the wonders the parks hold.

I-95 Driving Guide: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts
4 weeks ago

I-95 Driving Guide: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts

Are you planning to take a road trip through New England? Here are some highlights of places to stop and see as you travel I-95 in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

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Visiting the Poconos
1 month ago

Visiting the Poconos

The Pocono region of Pennsylvania is known as a ski, casino, and honeymoon haven (the heart shaped tub was originated in the Poconos), and even more so as a place of mountains, lakes, rivers, and woodlands of scenic beauty. Take the roads less traveled; allow yourself to wander and explore. There is discovery around every bend in the road.

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Family Treasure Hunt: Where to Dig for Gemstones
2 months ago

Family Treasure Hunt: Where to Dig for Gemstones

Family vacations are a fun time to bond, but theme parks and nature hikes can become tedious. After a while, it helps to have something new to try.

What better way to come closer together than trying the time-honored tradition of prospecting? Digging for gems is a fun way to experience the outdoors while enjoying a historical activity.

You may even find a natural souvenir to bring home! Below are some of the top places for families to dig for gemstones.

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Quick Guide to Springdale, Utah
3 months ago

Quick Guide to Springdale, Utah

So, you’re trying to pick a destination for your next vacation? There are so many amazing spots in America that it can certainly take time and research to choose.

Perhaps you find yourself around the extraordinary Zion National Park. If that’s the case, you should look no further! You’re within driving distance from the fantastic town of Springdale, Utah!

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Muir Woods National Monument
4 months ago

Muir Woods National Monument

Among the many great Golden Gate National Recreation Area destinations, you will want to be sure to visit the incredible forest north of San Francisco, called Muir Woods National Monument. Muir Woods has been a National Monument since 1908 and is celebrated for its towering old-growth coast redwood trees.

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Marin Headlands at Golden Gate Park
4 months ago

Marin Headlands at Golden Gate Park

The Marin Headlands are to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge and is one of the best-kept secrets in San Francisco. It is a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and well worth the journey when you’re in the Bay Area. Let’s look at the best way to experience the Marin Headlands.

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Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail
4 months ago

Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail

In 1838, over 16,000 people of the Cherokee Nation were forced by the US Government to leave their ancestral homes in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennesee. They resettled in what is known today as Oklahoma. 

This march moved people over 1,000 miles in eight states. Since it took place over the winter, the conditions were terrible. In addition, the majority of those who were required to relocate were not adequately supplied with the food or goods to make it through the snowy conditions.

Over 4,000 members of the Cherokee tribe died during this long winter and the name ‘Trail of Tears’ was born. 

The Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail was authorized in 1987 as a way to help recognize what happened and commemorate the struggles of the Cherokee people during this time. 

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Hocking Hills State Park
4 months ago

Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park in Hocking County, Ohio, is a dramatic and wild park situated in Southeastern Ohio’s Sandstone Region. The park is famous for its rock formations and amazing scenery, especially the many waterfalls, along with cliffs, caves, gorges, and streams. It is truly a hiker’s paradise. There are seven different hiking areas: Ash Cave, Old Man’s Cave, Rock House, Conkle’s Hollow, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, and the recently-opened Whispering Cave Trail.

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Best National Parks

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National Parks Blog

The Drive The Nation blog places a special emphasis on America’s national parks, because no other natural attractions in the U.S. match their beauty and splendor. Outdoor adventurers, wildlife lovers and other travelers alike love to explore these amazing places. National parks make perfect road trip destinations because they are cost-effective (an annual pass to 300+ parks for the whole carload costs about $80), educational, and simply stunning. Begin your journey to the national parks with our helpful blog articles.