I read a very interesting Wall Street Journal article today about how crowded many of the National Parks are, especially in the summer months. The article provided State Park alternatives to six of busiest National Parks pointing out their similarities to the National Parks. A huge difference is of course the crowds.

I have noticed in my travels that there are many under used State Parks around the country. Do yourself a favor this summer and explore State Parks, near and far.

To help you find State Parks across the country you can use the MapMuse website or better yet download MapMuse’s State Park Locator app (Android, or Apple) that includes information and links to all State Parks across America.

Here are the six park suggestions from the article:

Instead of visiting Yosemite National Park visit Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, 13 miles away.

Instead of visiting Yellowstone National Park visit Harriman State Park of Idaho, 38 miles away.

Instead of visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park visit Roan Mountain State Park, 130 miles away.

Instead of visiting Zion National Park visit Snow Canyon State Park, 50 miles away.

Instead of visiting Rocky Mountain National Park visit State Forest State Park, 92 miles away.

Instead of visiting Acadia National Park visit Camden Hills State Park, 70 miles away.