Our country is home to hundreds of National Parks, some that are high on the list such as Yellowstone and Yosemite. These infamous parks, though beautiful, are full of tourists during the peak season but there are many others which are lesser known. Why not travel to one of the lesser known National Parks? Coconut Club Vacations invites you to explore 3 of these lesser known parks with us.
Channel Islands National Park is located in California. All you have to do to access the park is hop on a catamaran and cross the Santa Barbara Channel. Here you will find an archipelago of eight islands that stretch from Newport Beach to Santa Barbara. The five northern islands make up the 250,000 acre Channel Islands National Park. You may have though it was impossible to find a quiet beach anyone close to LA, and here just a short boat ride away, you will find beaches both stunning and almost barren of people. Santa Cruz’s Scorpion Anchorage is a pebbly cove that curves along the islands shore. It is perfect for a picnic, snorkeling, and kayaking. For a truly isolated experience hike the 16 miles to Point Bennet on San Miguel. It’s one of the most isolated beaches in the world and a sanctuary for a variety of seals and California sea lions.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in Gunnison, Colorado. The Black Canyon is one of the deepest and most narrow canyons in all of North America. It reaches depths of 2,722 feet. This canyon is a rock climbers dream, but only an expert one. Painted Wall is the tallest vertical rock wall in Colorado at 2,250 feet and even the most seasoned climbers struggle at the jaw dropping height of the North Chasm View Wall. You don’t have to be an extreme adventurer to enjoy this park there are amazing hikes that will take you through the canyons bottom, stunning overlooks and treks.
To reach the Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior in Michigan you have to either be flown in by seaplane or take one of the ferries. The park encompasses 132,000 acres over an archipelago. Here you are on your own in the untouched and untamed wilderness. The National Park is full of moose and protected wolves. No vehicles are allowed on the island to maintain its pristineness and you have to pack in and pack out everything you need and use. There’s plenty of hiking, kayaking and scuba diving.
Hopefully you will find time to travel to one of these hidden gems. They are our heritage and visiting them opens your eyes to the varied topography of our great nation. Just because they are less frequented doesn’t mean that they don’t offer a great American adventure.