There are more than 6,000 state parks in America, and with so many beautiful natural areas to explore, it can be hard to decide where to start. Whether you're a hardcore hiker, a beach bum, or into wildlife watching, there are loads of parks from which to choose. Beautiful beaches, striking deserts, sweeping mountains, lush gorges, rolling prairies and more are among the landscapes that our state parks protect. Here are just a few of America's most notable:
Even though it would take a lifetime to truly experience all of the beauty America has to offer, visiting some of the country's more notable state parks is a great way to begin.