Today is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Over the past century, the NPS has worked to protect millions of acres of the United States’ untainted natural beauty. Today, visitors have the option to explore 407 diverse parks across the country. This started with two of the most visited national parks in history: Yellowstone and Yosemite. While these have their glory, many parks stay untouched and get only a fraction of the visitors. Here are five under-the-radar national parks worth exploring to celebrate the NPS’ 100th birthday this month.
Sarah Bennett is a freelance journalist with a small budget and a big appetite for the world—follow her travels here.