Last Updated on June 26, 2018
Growing up in the United States, means getting used to see and visit national parks countless times in your life. We are lucky to have a country that holds in its heart almost 132,000 square miles of national parkland.
Most of them are there to protect rare, large trees and others have glaciers, volcanoes, and dinosaur fossils. Each national park has its own unique beauty that provides us with experiences that requires a true outdoors lover.
After the country’s success at preserving many lands and huge expanses of wilderness, the parks are now available for all citizens and tourists to be explored.
However, visiting a national park doesn’t always has to be about just being there and taking countless pictures, it is also about living the adventure yourself. Here are 5 of the most surprising things you can do in U.S. national parks.
The Great Sand Dunes National Park has some seriously incredible rolling sand dunes that are considered to be tallest in North America, which makes it perfect for sand sledding and sandboarding.
You will find many places that rent sand sleds and sandboards in Alamosa (34 miles southwest of the park). Technically, it is a great opportunity to try something new.
The best seasons for such activity is during spring and fall, but if you are willing to visit the park in summer, then make sure to go early morning or evening because the sands can get really heat up during the day (almost 150 degrees), which will kill all the fun.
In case you didn’t know about this before; in Kentucky, there are some spectacular scenes lying deep below the earth’s surface that will need only a little courage to be explored.
Only a few miles away from Louisville in Mammoth Cave National Park, you will find the longest cave in the world, which is not even fully discovered yet but only 400 miles of it (the underground labyrinth).
This place became a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it is filled with spooky caverns and limestone ridges. You will find many guided tours available for people of all ages and physical abilities.
Run with Wild Horses
In the Atlantic coastline that is shared between Virginia and Maryland, you will be granted with an opportunity to run free alongside the wildlife. There are many wild horses hanging around with the waves on Assateague Island National Seashore.
You can relax on the beach and watch that unique scene or you can try to play around with them, just make sure to not feed them. However, this Island is open all year- round and it is only 17 Km south of Ocean City in Maryland.
There are many hotels, hostels, and home rentals. Or, you can make early reservations to camp in there.
If horses are not your thing, then you can enjoy watching the eagles and various types of birds as you enjoy a lovely cup of tea.
There are many national parks featuring golf courses that can provide you with such glory in the United States, including The Wawona Golf Course in Yosemite National Park that is located in California, and it is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, tall pines, and meadows.
It is open only from June to November, though. Also, the East Potomac Golf Course that offers some really striking views of Washington, D.C’s greatest landmarks.
Dress Up for Dinner
There are these known theories about national parks providing dinners that were cooked over a campfire, but in reality, there are places that offer some really “fancy” and unique dinners.
For example, The Acadia National Park of Maine, they offer seafood in the Jordan Pond House, while in Washington State’s Olympic National Park, you can find the Creekside at Kalaloch Lodge that offers farm-to-table fare.
Moreover, and in case you are looking for a historic type of dinner, then Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park is offering an old west dinner cookout in a picnic style.
Have you ever tried any of these activities? Let us know in the comments below.