You will commune with nature, not hordes of people, at these spectacular national parks.
ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK
800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, Mich.
Set on Lake Superior, this rugged wonderland
of woods and waterways is reachable by
seaplane or boat — so remote, it gets
fewer than 16,000 visitors a year.
NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE
Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway
Copper Center, Alaska
At more than 13 million acres — about one-quarter of it glacial ice — the largest
US national park is bigger than Switzerland.
DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK
Off Key West, Fla.
Seventy miles out to sea, this park is all about sun, sand, shoals, and shipwrecks —
plus sea turtles, for which this
seven-island park is named.
LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
38050 Highway 36
Mud pots, boiling pools, and fumaroles
(vents spewing steam and volcanic gases)
make hiking here pretty interesting.
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Off the Southern California coast, these
five pristine islands are home to
145 species of plants and animals found
no place else on earth.