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The 50 best state parks for a summer road trip

Mediafeed Logo By Myles Ma of Mediafeed | Slide 1 of 53: Are you ready to pack up the car and head out for a summer road trip? Whether your aim is to view wildflowers, go for a hike or just get out of the house now that the weather is warmer, state parks can be a hidden gem for outdoor enthusiasts. Even better, they usually aren’t as busy as national parks. The National Park Service states that more than 300 million people visit more than 400 national park areas in the U.S. each year. While those numbers have been down due to the pandemic, the parks have still been fairly crowded. A 2020 FinanceBuzz travel survey found that 27% of travelers planned to take a road trip instead of flying that year. Because national parks provide an ideal road trip destination, they're especially popular. If you don’t want to take a chance on crowded national parks this summer, we would recommend visiting one of more than 8,000 state park areas instead. State parks are often underrated destinations, but they can provide wonderful opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Here, we’ve put together a list of incredible state parks you can find in all 50 states. Perfect for a summer road trip.Related: You’re probably overspending on these 6 monthly bills

Looking for a road trip destination this summer?

Are you ready to pack up the car and head out for a summer road trip? Whether your aim is to view wildflowers, go for a hike or just get out of the house now that the weather is warmer, state parks can be a hidden gem for outdoor enthusiasts. Even better, they usually aren’t as busy as national parks. 

The National Park Service states that more than 300 million people visit more than 400 national park areas in the U.S. each year. While those numbers have been down due to the pandemic, the parks have still been fairly crowded. 

A 2020 FinanceBuzz travel survey found that 27% of travelers planned to take a road trip instead of flying that year. Because national parks provide an ideal road trip destination, they're especially popular. 

If you don’t want to take a chance on crowded national parks this summer, we would recommend visiting one of more than 8,000 state park areas instead. State parks are often underrated destinations, but they can provide wonderful opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Here, we’ve put together a list of incredible state parks you can find in all 50 states. Perfect for a summer road trip.

Related: You’re probably overspending on these 6 monthly bills

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