The 10 Most Underrated U.S. National Parks To Visit

There is something for everyone—families may enjoy the various beaches and simple treks to waterfalls, while couples and lone visitors can get lost in the splendor on a path or in a kayak.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan)

The Seven Sacred Pools of O'heo, a bamboo grove, and various waterfall paths are among the park's lesser-known attractions.

Haleakala National Park (Hawaii)

"Guadalupe Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise in remote Western Texas—and home to the state's tallest mountain." yet few have heard of it!

Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas)

The park enables climbing the vast sand dunes and trekking in the neighboring mountains. Hiking up sand dunes is strenuous, but the vistas from the top dunes are worth it.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Colorado)

South Dakota and Wyoming neighbors view this park. Its northern bullet formations are unique. Mineral water penetrates into buttes and deposits minerals in sediment gaps.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)

Unlike Yellowstone, it has bubbling mud pots, hot springs, and brilliant blue lakes without the crowds.

Lassen Volcanic National Park (California)

No queues and peace and quiet are part of North Cascades National Park's attraction. Bring your pet—it's a pet-friendly park.

North Cascades National Park (Washington)

When visiting Katmai, bring your Sonik fishing gear to see the world's largest brown bears at Brooks Falls, kayak, canoe, wilderness camp, hike, and fish.

Katmai National Park (Alaska)

The park's old-growth bottomland hardwood forest, which is like a swamp but actually a floodplain, has one of the world's largest tree canopies.

Congaree National Park (South Carolina)

Ventura and Oxnard charter boats visit all four of the park's principal islands daily, depending on weather. The Western gull nests on Anacapa Island, the smallest island, which has a beautiful lighthouse.

Channel Islands National Park (California)