I dream about traveling constantly, so yes, any excuse I get to talk about it, I seize. And with it being Earth Day, I figured what better way to celebrate than to reminisce on my favorite outdoor places.

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There's nothing I enjoy more than hiking through beautiful, scenic National Parks. So if you're looking for places to visit this summer, I recommend the following.

1. Dry Tortuga National Park

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This park features Fort Jefferson and tons of crystal blue water. I'm not one for massive crowds. I like being one with nature...and that can be hard to do when you're squished between visitors. This National Park in Florida is extremely remote. You actually have to take a boat to get here.

2. Zion National Park

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Utah has five National Park, and honestly, they are all stunning. But, if I was forced to pick I'd choose Zion because of the epic hikes and vistas. This picture is from Angel's Landing hike (looks scary, doesn't it?). Though, if you're looking for a less populated option, I highly recommend Bryce Canyon and Arches.

3. Mount Rainier National Park

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I debated about adding this Washington park, simply because I only spent one day in the park, but the part I did get to hike was stunning. I'd never been so close to a mountain peak.

4. Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Honestly, this one is a favorite simply because of the people I was with, but even so, it is a unique park, and let me tell ya, hiking sand is exhausting, but sledding down is great fun.

Now I had a really hard time picking which parks to features, so here are a few more I love.

Honorable Mentions:

Crater Lake National Park in OR

Black Canyon of the Gunnison in CO

Redwood National Park in CA

Death Valley National Park in CA

My list constantly changes because my family and I try to visit more each year. But I promise you, you can find something marvelous about each one, and I think Earth Day is a perfect excuse to plan a trip to one of these incredible parks.

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