Top 5 National Parks
Some of the best places to enjoy in the summer months are our nation’s greatest parks. With the kids on vacation and “Summer Fridays” in many offices, it’s a popular time to make the trek. Here are five summer favorites:
Don’t miss the chance to see Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Geyser Basin. Plus, Yellowstone’s rangers lead many activities in the summer months.Sign up for horseback rides through Mammoth, Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon. Or try a wagon ride and cookout.
Take a narrated boat tour on Yellowstone Lake, with views of the Absaroka Range, historic Lake Hotel & Village, and the incredible lodgepole pine forest.
Rent a boat – or bring your own. Just remember that you need to get a permit inside the park.
Over 90 historic structures, including houses, barns, churches, schools and grist mills
The best places to see log buildings are at Cades Cove, Cataloochee, Oconaluftee, and along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
The Smokys have more than 2,000 miles of streams to fish, and protect one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States.
The popular Juney Whank Falls waterfall is best viewed from the footbridge that crosses Juney Whank Branch at the falls
Here you’ll have a chance to take a guided boat tour, sign up for a naturalist hike, or even sleep under the stars.
Programs run from June through August. Most depart from Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Lake Visitor Centers, and you’ll have the benefit of a ranger the whole way.
Many parks have wildflowers and other types of plants you may not be used to. If you suspect you have wildflower allergies, check with your allergist before you go.