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    Escape the Crowds

    Get a jump on the tour busses. Explore our favorite hidden corners, empty spaces, and wild places in ten iconic National Parks. Read more.

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    Where to Go When You Have 24 Hours

    Cramming a National Park visit into just one day can involve a stressful amount of guess-based planning and/or a dose of luck-infused spontaneity. But you can take charge with this list of carefully curated day plans. Read more

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    Make it an Adventure

    Jump on a paddleboard, hike around a volcano or cast out in pristine waters—these trips put the parks in a whole new light. Read more.

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    Get Off the Beaten Path

    From wolf tracking to sand-dune shredding, these nine trips will get you far beyond the ranger station. Read more.

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    9 State Parks that Are National Treasures

    Love Acadia, the Tetons, and the Grand Canyon? Wait until you meet their crazy little cousins. Read more.

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    The Darkest Parks in the U.S.

    There are 11 Dark Sky Parks in the United States; seven have been designated as "gold tier" parks, the highest possible rating, based on a comprehensive technical scale that considers things like artificial light, skyglow, and observable sky phenomena. Read more.

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    Next Up:An Adventure for Every State

    The Newest National Parks

    Good news for anyone who loves high-heart-rate recreation, brilliant scenery, and a little bit of history—The National Park Service is starting 2015 off by establishing seven new national parks in eight different states and the District of Columbia. Read more.

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