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Texas's Big Bend country

Deep in the heart of Texas's Big Bend country    Photo: Photograph by Dawn Kish/National Geographic Stock

With more and more budget-conscious travelers planning domestic trips—and the 33 million viewers of Ken Burns's The National Parks licking their chops—expect an onslaught of visitors in Yosemite, Yellowstone & Co. this summer. Our advice? Stay away. Instead, follow our guide to America's wild and relatively untrampled state parks, national lakeshores, and recreation areas.

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