7 Stunning National Parks to Visit This Summer — & Where to Stay While You're There

Jul 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Acadia National Park
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America in the summertime is a special kind of wonderful. It’s the season of the great American road trip, the time to go West, the time to experience a few wide-open spaces. There’s no better way to do that than to explore our incredible national parks. There are more than 417 national park sites in the country, which can make it hard to narrow down where you want to go first. Maybe it’s one closest to you; maybe it’s one you’ve been meaning to mark off your bucket list; or maybe — and we assume this is why you’re here — you need a little inspiration.

We chose some of the best national parks to visit in the summertime. Whether you’re a West-Coast-best-coast die-hard fan, want to get lost in the woods of the East or hope to find something midway, we’ve got a few ideas for you. From volcanoes to flood plains, here are the national parks you should spend time exploring this summer — and where to stay when you want to lay your head down at the end of your adventures.

1 /14: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park
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1/14 :Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

2 /14: Crater Lake National Park: Where to Stay

Crater Lake National Park Lodge
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2/14 :Crater Lake National Park: Where to Stay

3 /14: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Mount Rainier National Park
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3/14 :Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

4 /14: Mount Rainier National Park: Where to Stay

4/14 :Mount Rainier National Park: Where to Stay

5 /14: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park
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5/14 :Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

6 /14: Yellowstone National Park: Where to Stay

Old Faithful in front of the Old Faithful Inn
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6/14 :Yellowstone National Park: Where to Stay

7 /14: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park
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7/14 :Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

8 /14: Rocky Mountain National Park: Where to Stay

Stanley Hotel
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8/14 :Rocky Mountain National Park: Where to Stay

9 /14: Congaree National Park, South Carolina

Congaree National Park
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9/14 :Congaree National Park, South Carolina

10 /14: Congaree National Park: Where to Stay

Aloft Columbia Downtown
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10/14 :Congaree National Park: Where to Stay

11 /14: Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park
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11/14 :Acadia National Park, Maine

12 /14: Acadia National Park: Where to Stay

The Bayview Hotel
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12/14 :Acadia National Park: Where to Stay

13 /14: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park
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13/14 :Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

14 /14: Shenandoah National Park: Where to Stay

Lewis Mountain Cabins
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14/14 :Shenandoah National Park: Where to Stay