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9 Most Picturesque U.S. National Parks

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9 Most Picturesque U.S. National Parks

By Planet Green

The Beauty of the Natural World

To have a picturesque vacation you don’t have to travel overseas or spend your savings on an extravagant trip. You can stay right within the United States and get to know Mother Nature a bit better. With over 58 National Parks all over the United States there is one bound to be close enough to drive to and have activities which fit your interests. Here are nine beautiful options, from East to West.

Acadia (Maine)

Acadia National Park is the first national park founded east of the Mississippi River. If you are planning to camp, you have two sites to choose from: Blackwoods and Seawall. Unfortunately there is no backcountry camping allowed. Bikers have the option to ride along old carriage trails, and hikers can roam to 1530 feet in an eclectic range of forestry and beauty.

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Samantha, selected from Planet Green

Planet Green is the multi-platform media destination devoted to the environment and dedicated to helping people understand how humans impact the planet and how to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Its two robust websites, PlanetGreen.com and TreeHugger.com, offer original, inspiring, and entertaining content related to how we can evolve to live a better, brighter future. Planet Green is a division of Discovery Communications.

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2:09PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Boy, I've only been to one of nine of these. There's so many beautiful places to see. :D

6:29AM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

I've been to two of the nine and am planning to go to one other site. This just made my bucket list longer...

2:16PM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Sooo pretty! :)

2:32PM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

I can't believe Dry Tortugas National Park isn't on this list! It's one of the most amazing places on earth! It holds the second largest brick structure in the world (second only to the Great Wall of China) and just off its beaches is North America's only living coral reef (and the 3rd largest in the world). Located 70 miles off Key West, FL, you can only get there by plane or boat. Check it out!

10:06AM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

Beautiful!

11:45AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

Very beautiful pictures, would love to be at Yosemite right now, havent been their in a few years. Thanks

12:55PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

All very beautiful, thanks Samantha!~

11:54AM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

I have a great love of the national parks, and now my daughter and her children have their passports and visit with me. Each time I leave one, it is my new favorite:) Think I will pass on the bat activity in the Caverns, though....

10:35PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

so beautiful, thanks for the article.

6:57PM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Some good ones in here, but I'm really surprised that the Grand Canyon didn't make the list.

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