Looking to book one last getaway before summer wraps up? Or already thinking about filling up next year’s adventure calendar? National parks across the U.S. offer the ideal active trip, whether you want a casual hike, epic backpacking excursion, or simply a night under the stars. The only problem is choosing summer national parks that won’t get too hot or exceptionally crowded, so you can fully enjoy the great outdoors.
Enter these top 10 summer national parks from travel experts who know the ins and outs of the outdoor destinations. They span the country, from a popular spot in Alaska for backpackers to a paddlers paradise in Isle Royale. We can promise you this: You won’t regret booking that plane ticket and packing your trail shoes.