Just south of Yellowstone is stunning Grand Teton National Park. From historic homesteads to breathtaking river valleys, here are our top stops for a fantastic scenic drive plus road-trip advice from our partners at Nokian Tyres.
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Crater Lake National Park Trivia: The lake is the deepest in the U.S. and there are no streams flowing in or out of it. Snow covers the park for eight months out of the year, from October through June, but the lake typically doesn’t freeze over. The last time Crater Lake totally froze over was 1949. A 30-foot hemlock tree has been floating upright in the lake for over 100 years, showing its top 4 feet. It’s nicknamed the Old Man of the Lake. PC: Xiaoying Shi
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Hiking to the top of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park is a bucket-list adventure, not for the average tourist. The trek requires that you are in top physical condition, acclimated to the high elevation and have the right clothing, footwear and pack. Nevertheless, the 14,000 ft peak can be appreciated from almost every corner of the park like this view from a hiking trail. PC: Bryce Bradford
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On the National Register of Historic Places and the oldest structure in Yosemite Valley, the Yosemite Chapel was built in 1879. Relocated near the trailhead of Four Mile Trail, it is an interdenominational facility that seats about 250 people and has become a popular wedding destination. PC: George Ray West
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Mitch Warnick took this beautiful photo just before dawn in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The Colorado national park has wonderful scenic drives where overlooks like this one of Painted Wall are just a short walk from the road. Learn more about this national park at https://www.mycoloradoparks.com/national-parks/bcotgnp
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Drive Colorado’s best-kept secret road trip. Stretching from Bailey to the north (which is less than an hour from Denver), to Alma to the west and Eleven Mile State Park to the south, there’s so much to explore from mining and railroad history, to outdoor recreation, to true Americana stops.
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Each year we ask national park travelers to enter their best photos in our annual photo contest. Here are some of the best shots we've received that were taken in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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