Blogger Brendan Leonard provides some of his picks for the most alluring state parks in the country for These areas are well worth visiting, offering visitors diversity and a wealth of natural beauty.

  • Chugach State Park, Alaska

This is one of the largest parks in the nation, providing snowy peaks, grizzly bears and whales in the same area.

  • Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

A beautiful spot in the White Mountains, it is a good place for trout fishing, hiking and skiing.

  • Eldorado Canyon State Park, Colorado

Ideal for adventure seekers,  it is a great place for rock climbing.

  • Adirondack Park, New York

This park is the most extensive state-level protected area in the country, including the entire Adirondack mountain range.

  • Baxter State Park, Maine

A big, wild wilderness preserved as a park, it is home to Thoreau’s Katahdin, one of the most famous mountains in the northeast.

These are only a few of his top picks. He includes additional parks from every major region of America. Regardless of what area of the nation you are interested in visiting, you’ll find parks with features that beckon the traveler.

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