School’s almost out and summer’s almost here, which means there’s time to travel. Looking to vacation without breaking the bank? Value some time out in nature? Read on to find out more about six of the country’s most popular national parks.
6. Rocky Mountain National Park
- Where: Colorado
- Visitors: 2,991,141 per year
Established in January 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is a park for all seasons. Specifically? It has more than 350 miles of hiking trails, 200 backcountry sites, birding and wildlife viewing opportunities, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Fascinatingly enough, because the Continental Divide runs through the center of the park, two distinct climate patterns actually exist within the one park: one side is arid, and the other is so much more humid that it has almost twice the annual precipitation. Visitors to the park laud its views of the Rocky Mountain range and its diverse ecosystems: pine trees, grassy valleys, bubbling streams, and alpine tundra coexist within the park’s nearly 266,000 acres.