3 National Parks You Probably Haven't Heard Of

By Elizabeth Young

In honor of National Park Week, we want to highlight some of the amazing landscapes and geographies in the US. The National Parks Service, created in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson, works with National Parks Foundation to maintain over 400 National Park sites across the country and U.S. territories. Of those 417 sites, 59 are National Parks, like Yosemite or Yellowstone.

Though many parks, like the Grand Canyon or the Everglades, are world-renowned for their beauty and grandeur, there are many other parks with landscapes and historical narratives that make them more than worthwhile to visit.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park - New Mexico

This is a photo of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Carlsbad Caverns is a network of 117 underground caves, the longest of which is over 120 miles long! In Southern New Mexico, the caverns have several notable caves, among which is the Big Room at almost 4,000 feet long. The park's cultural resources represent a long and varied continuum of human use, starting in prehistoric times and illustrating many adaptations to the harsh Chihuahuan Desert environment.

This is a photo of a luxury adobe cabin near Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Perched above the spectacular Hueco Mountains in El Paso, Texas, this 6,500-square-foot, luxury adobe cabin is the perfect blend traditional desert and modern chic. With panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery below, glampers who stay will be amazed each morning when they wake up and start their day. And while it is in Texas, it is about a two-hour drive from Carlsbad Caverns.

Dry Tortugas National Park - Florida

This is a photo of snorekling in Dry Tortugas National Park
Photo Sourced from Dry Tortugas.

Dry Tortugas National Park is in the Gulf of Mexico, west of Key West, Florida. It is made up of seven islands along with several protected coral reefs. Garden Key is home to stunning beaches and the 19th-century, Cival War-era Fort Jefferson. Loggerhead Key has a lighthouse and sea turtles, while on nearby Loggerhead Reef are the remains of a shipwreck from 1875 and is a popular dive site. It is important to note that the National Park is only accessible by boat or plane.

This is a photo of a catamaran in Key West, Florida.

This luxurious catamaran sailboat charter comes with a crew and offers a unique way to explore the stunning surroundings. Moored in Key West in Florida, the yacht is ready for an adventure and can head to many destinations. The boat sleeps up to six guests; including the captain and one crew member, the total people aboard will be eight.

Haleakalā National Park - Hawaii

This is picture of Haleakala National Park Photo sourced from NPS and photo credit to Elizabeth Havelin.

The Haleakalā National Park on the island of Maui, Hawaii, is home to the Haleakalā volcano and features a very large crater with numerous cinder cones, Hosmer's Grove of alien trees, the Kipahulu section's scenic pools of freshwater fish, and the native Hawaiian goose. The park protects the greatest number of endangered species within a U.S. National Park.

This is a photo of a vacation rental near Haleakala National Park in Hawaii

This luxurious glamping site is nestled on Maui's rugged north shore in Huelo, Hawaii. The property overlooks some of the world's most beautiful coastline, featuring crystal blue water and rolling Pacific Ocean waves. The grounds are home to tropical coconut palms and banana trees, as well as myna birds and wild parrots. Guests will be only an hour from Haleakalā.


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