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50 state parks perfect for a fall road trip

Mediafeed Logo By Ben Walker of Mediafeed | Slide 1 of 53: 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. Because summer is typically a prime time for travel, it makes sense that parks start to fill up during these warmer months. However, with concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, national parks may be even harder to access than usual. Phased reopenings have already started to take place in many popular locations, such as Arches, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. These phased reopenings could include limitations on daily visitors, parking permits, and/or camping permits. Yet the parks are still expected to be crowded. A recent FinanceBuzz summer travel survey found that 27% of travelers will take a road trip instead of flying this 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, 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.  Related: You’re probably overspending on these 6 monthly bills

Looking for a road trip destination this summer?

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. Because summer is typically a prime time for travel, it makes sense that parks start to fill up during these warmer months. 

However, with concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, national parks may be even harder to access than usual. Phased reopenings have already started to take place in many popular locations, such as Arches, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. These phased reopenings could include limitations on daily visitors, parking permits, and/or camping permits. 

Yet the parks are still expected to be crowded. A recent FinanceBuzz summer travel survey found that 27% of travelers will take a road trip instead of flying this 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, 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. 

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

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