Looking for a getaway that is a little out of the ordinary? We’ve scoured the 8 least visited National Parks across the States, all out of the way but guaranteed for great travel.
Kobuk Valley National Park
Kobuk Valley National Park attracted only about 800 visitors each year in the last few years, making it one of the most least visited national parks. It is located in the Arctic Circle and is accessible only by foot, dogsled or snowmobile, making it not exactly user-friendly. It has no designated trails and roads, too.
What is does feature is a multitude of sand dunes and beautiful caribou. It also has 24-hour daylight one month per year.
Lake Clark National Park and Preservation
Lake Clark National Park and Preservation has about 6000 visitors a year, who undoubtedly are attracted to the 6,297 square miles of clean lakes, active volcanoes, three mountain ranges, glaciers, waterfalls, arctic-like tundra and even a rainforest. Just outside of Anchorage, sled dog teams used to be the best way to travel around the area, but now they’ve been outsourced by snowmobiles.
National Park of American Samoa
With both a rainforest and a coral reef, the National Park of American Samoa attracts about 7,000 visitors per year, each of who enjoy the three islands that offers great wildlife, including flying foxes to humpback whales.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
About 10,000 people visit the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve each year. This park about the size of Switzerland, is the home to millennia of glaciation and erosion have carved out a beautiful array of valleys, rivers, mountains and crystal-clear lakes.
Isle Royale National Park
Isle Royale is the largest island in Lake Superior, and is only accessible by boat or seaplane. With about 15,000 visitors per year, the island is populated by only about one third of the mammals that are found on the mainland.
North Cascades National Park
North Cascades National Park in Washington deliver an Alaska-type feel… without heading too far north. It is laden with bears, moose and cougars, and has the over 300 glaciers, making it the highest number of glaciers outside of Alaska. It attracts about 20,000 visitors per year, and is popular to backpackers and outdoor lovers.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park is the perfect park for those who love history, especially about the Civil War. It also has pirate ships, treasure, and other historic pluses. And it is accessible, too, with about 60,000 visitors each year. It is located 70 miles west of Key West. They are called the Dry Tortugas islands because they lack surface fresh water (“dry”) and Ponce de Leon caught a lot of sea turtles (“tortugas”) here in the 1500s.
The park also includes Fort Jefferson, a huge brick fortress originally erected to protect the U.S. from Gulf Coast invaders, but also used as a Union stronghold during the Civil War. The fort, is made from over 16 million bricks. This makes it the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere. Another plus is the bird watching: the park is the home to about 300 bird species in the park.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is actually larger than nine states, and the largest of all national parks. It is filled with glaciers and mountains and boasts a generous 13 million acres. Though it is in Alaska, it is accessible– which is why it is visited by about 62,000 visitors per year.