As we move into the middle of August, we also move into our last bit of summer and now is a good time to evaluate your summer thus far.
Did you get to check everything (or most things) off of your summer bucket list? Did you have the opportunity to spend quality time with the family before the kids go back to school?
Fall is around the corner and nothing is worse than wishing that you would have made the most of these summer months. But have no fear! There are still plenty of hot sunny days left to enjoy. Although, that being said, while warm weather is the ideal time to venture the outdoors, summer has been harsh this year and if the intense heat isn’t for you, then here are some top national parks to help you keep your cool!
According to the National Park Service, Crater Lake sits inside of a caldera formed over 7,000 years ago and is fed completely by rain and snow, unlike most lakes that are fed by moving water. Crater lake is considered to be the cleanest, large body of water in the entire world and is currently over 1,000 feet deep, making it the deepest lake in North America.
Take a dip! Crater Lake is a fantastic destination for hiking, swimming, fishing, and camping. The park also offers park ranger-guided boat cruises around Crater Lake. To access the water, just make the small hike down Cleetwood Cove Trail, The only legal access to the shore of the lake and cool off on the rocky line where the trail meets the water.
The average daily high temperature in Crater Lake National Park is just over 65°, so this park is a must see for those who are trying to find a relaxing and cool oasis in Southern Oregon.
Surrounded by rivers, lakes, and parks, these two national parks complement each other in creating one of the best areas to visit during the summer. There is nothing more majestic and beautiful to block unrelenting sun rays then magnificently massive Sequoia trees!
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is actually two parks administered as one. In 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed Sequoia National Park as the second National Park ever established. In 1940, Congress established Kings Canyon National Park as well to include the glacially formed region.
These areas offer plenty of incredible hiking trails that are completely shaded by the canopy of trees around them, creating relieving shade above some of the best hikes in the country. You can also check out the chilled Crystal Cave on a half-mile loop hike that leads right through the cave.
This park also keeps cool at an average of 10 degrees lower than the temperatures outside of the forests and glacial valleys, making it a perfect getaway when the sun is just a little too much to enjoy.
Some parks are extra special because visitors are only able to explore them for a short amount of time. Glacier National Park is only open completely from late May to early September and stays at an average of 70 degrees throughout this time. This creates a very short amount of time for visitors to fully experience every aspect of the park. For this reason, Glacier National Park stays high on our list for the best parks to visit during the summer months.
There are a total of 25 glaciers, with 3 that are accessible by hiking through meadows of wildflowers, glacial valleys, and incredible vistas accompanied by incredible waterfalls.
Glacier is packed with wildlife of all kinds including sheep, goats, deer, bear, moose, elk, and even more rare-to-spot species such as wolves and mountain lion that can be seen throughout the park.
With over 700 miles in hiking trails and extensive opportunities for boating, fishing, and photography, we encourage you to soak up the crisp, Montana mountains while you can.
Start planning now! To visit these parks in 2019 or 2020, visit our destinations page or give our office a call at 877-834-4654. Photos provided by the National Park Service.