9 National Parks East of the Mississippi You Need to Travel
When it comes to the quintessential, larger-than-life national parks that tend to dominate the bucket list itineraries, most of the heavy-hitters reside on the western half of the United States. From Yellowstone and Yosemite to epic crowd-pleasers like Zion, Joshua Tree, and Rocky Mountain, the landscapes of the American west, after all, have earned their hallowed reputation. But don’t sleep on the eastern half of the country, either. Just because the bigger and buzzier parks are westward doesn’t mean the eastern parks are any less life-changing — or popular, based on the fact that the most visited park in the nation straddles the North Carolina-Tennessee border. From seaside mountains and oceanic keys to some of the most epic wildlife in the country, these are 9 national parks east of the Mississippi that you need to travel to.