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National Parks – 4 Hidden Gems Worth Exploring
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National Parks – 4 Hidden Gems Worth Exploring

By: Austin Adventures March 14, 2018

In the United States there are 58 national parks–millions of acres of majestic backcountry–to explore and discover!

The Grand Canyon and Yellowstone national park are certainly bucket-list-trips, but many of America’s lesser-known national parks are breathtakingly beautiful and loaded with plenty of activities for all ages. This year, escape the big crowds and discover these hidden gems in our parks for your national park vacation. Our guests love these vacation spots and we’re sure you will too.

Austin Adventures South Dakota Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore

Black Hills National Forest – South Dakota

Discover the spirit of the wild, wild west in this historically-rich national park. Home of the famous Mount Rushmore Memorial, the Black Hills Forest also boasts an elaborate cave system underneath its rolling exterior. Some of the longest caves in the world hide just below the surface, and miles of new cave systems are explored each year. Topside of the soil, there’s just as much to enjoy, with over ten thousand miles of grasslands, rugged mountains and the ‘otherworldly’ Badlands – making The Black Hills National Forest an outdoor mecca for the adventure traveler.

Relax and create unforgettable memories with the kids as you fall in love with the national treasures of South Dakota. Check out Austin Adventure’s Black Hills Family Vacation & Tour! This all-inclusive vacation package offers adventurous families a chance to explore historic towns of the old west, discover local rodeos, and hike and bike to the heart of the Black Hills forest!

Austin Adventures - Crater Lake National Park - Oregon
Wizards Island, Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park – Oregon

Witness the majesty of Oregon’s only national park: Crater Lake. This iconic body of sapphire-blue water is the deepest lake in America at 1,943 feet, formed by the collapse of an ancient volcano, Mt. Mazama. Surrounded by cliffs, Crater Lake is filled exclusively by rain and snow, making it the cleanest and clearest body of water in the world. Old-growth forests surround the lake for miles and tower over visitors, making this a true jewel for any traveler seeking to experience the grandeur of the wild outdoors.

Crater Lake is also the perfect romantic getaway for two! From rafting the Rogue River, to biking past gorgeous cascading waterfalls, to applauding a famous Shakespearean production under the stars in Ashland, our all-inclusive Oregon Crater Lake Vacation package offers the perfect blend of adventure and cultural inspiration!

Austin Adventures - Kenai Fjords National Park- Alaska
Alaska Railway To Kenai Fjords

Kenai Fjords National Park – Alaska

Experience the wild and rugged landscape of America’s last frontier. The Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska is a 650,000-acre glacial wonderland, and home to a diverse array of wildlife including whales, harbor seals, sea otters, coyotes, moose and mountain goats. From roaring waterfalls and the crack! of calving glaciers to the eerie silence of the sprawling ice fields, the unapologetic magnificence of this park borders on the sublime, and brings adventure travelers into the present moment like no other.

Alaska adventure travel offers excitement for adults and families. Our exclusive tours take you hiking, biking, kayaking, and boating through Alaska’s most beautiful and pristine landscapes and waterways. Check out our entire listing of Alaska vacation packages here.

Austin Adventures - Glacier National Park - Multisport - Montana
Glacier Multisport

Glacier National Park – Montana

Native Americans nicknamed this national treasure the “Backbone of the World.” Indeed, the jaw-dropping grandeur of Glacier National Park is worth seeing firsthand. The rugged mountains and jagged glaciers are sky-high, imposing, and formidable. And the surrounding turquoise-blue alpine lakes and wildflower-studded meadows make this park a wonderland for adventure travelers. Raft the waters of the beautiful Flathead River. Bike the challenging ride to Lake McDonald, and hike amidst the most stunning scenery the park has to offer in over 750+ miles of scenic trails.

Raft the waters of the beautiful Flathead River. Bike the challenging ride to Lake McDonald, and hike amidst the most stunning scenery the park has to offer in over 750+ miles of scenic trails. Discover our entire roster of Glacier Park Vacation Packages to find your perfect adventure for 2018.


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