The best parks in East Coast USA: which to visit from north to south

Anyone who feels the need to travel to the United States of America to discover the natural wonders will end up planning an itinerary in the west of the USA, whether it is south, center or north.
There is not much to object, actually the western part of the States is the one that offers more from a naturalistic point of view, with a variety of extraordinary landscape: in a few miles it can really change everything.

In my travels in the USA in the end I’m convinced myself too, to the west of Chicago (just to draw a line) there are all the most beautiful parks in the United States , but if you decide to visit the east coast do not despair, because even here there are corners of paradise to discover!

I would like to clarify one thing, the eastern portion of the US really gives a lot but it is different landscapes than the west: the northern area has many great and wonderful cities like New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC and also the beautiful nature of New England. The southern part offers an almost tropical climate with amazing ecosystems such as the Everglades .
And what about the coastal towns of states like North and South Carolina or the old traditions of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia or Alabama?

  • 1 The Parks of the Eastern United States
    • 1.1 Acadia National Park
    • 1.2 Shenandoah National Park
    • 1.3 Mammoth Cave National Park
    • 1.4 Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    • 1.5 Congaree National Park
    • 1.6 Everglades National Park

The parks of the eastern United States

There is so much to discover but today I want to talk about natural parks, because often those of these regions are taken very seriously. In order from north to south:

Acadia National Park

State: Maine

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We are in the heart of New England , on the romantic coasts of the state of Maine (where you can eat lobsters at prices decidedly low) and more precisely on the island of Mount Desert .
Over the millennia, atmospheric agents have carved an amazing landscape, made of jagged cliffs, rocks that fall into the water, lakes and inlets.

Getting there is not difficult at all and you do not need to take ferries, just travel the Trenton Bridge . The park is not limitless and is easily traveled by car, along the scenic Loop Road that passes through many scenic spots: stop at the Visitor Center at the entrance to the park and let us give you map and some indication.
Do not miss the rocky expanse of Schoodic Point , the Somes Sound Fjord and Sand Beach!

Shenandoah National Park

State: Virginia

Shenandoah National Park

If you are in the vicinity of Washington DC it is worth considering a detour to this little known national park. I did not do trail but I got to appreciate a scenic road (the Skyline Drive) that goes through practically all of Shenandoah National Park: do not expect something, but if you’re heading south why not go here?

Mammoth Cave National Park

State: Kentucky

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Mammoth Cave National Park is the largest cave system in the world. I’m not a lover of the genre, even if at the end when I find caves on my way I visit them always.
They are beautiful no doubt about it (not by chance UNESCO World Heritage Site) and are not the usual caves: in addition to internal routes there is much more to discover as Cedar Sink or Turnhole Bend .

If you go through these parts it is worth stopping, the rule is always the same: Visitor Center and ask for information and advice on what to do.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

State: North Carolina, Tennessee

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A mountain park with incredible views , immersed in a rich and lush nature. We are in the Great Smoky Mountains (so called because of the characteristic mist that you can see very often when you see the horizon) and part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, both sections of the Appalachian Mountains.
There is so much to do and plenty of trail routes to choose from: for a break truly immersed in nature, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the ideal place.

Congaree National Park

State: South Carolina

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More than an attraction to visit, the Congaree National Park is a real oasis of peace, a place that is at times fabulous and has managed to keep well away from urban development despite the proximity of the city of Columbia.
The area was once inhabited by the tribe of native Congaree who had settled here, attracted by a rich and lush land. Today, despite having in the past suffered a deforestation without rules, it hosts the largest broad-leaved forest in all of North America.

Everglades National Park

State: Florida

The true great park of the deep south of Florida is the Everglades , a vast marshy region that is home to innumerable plant and animal species. We are in the southern tip of Florida, close to the city of Miami.
The park is very vast and only a part can be reached by man: once you arrive you will find the opportunity to take part and many activities of excursion, on foot and by boat and you will meet many animal species including the famous alligators.

 

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