5 Best National Parks to Visit

America’s national parks are the perfect place to explore all that nature offers. Established to preserve some of the country’s most remarkable landscapes, they are welcome escapes from the hustle and bustle of city life and are excellent travel destinations. With more than 400 national park sites to choose from, though, deciding where to go is no easy task. We can help! We’ve put together this list of several of the best national parks to visit to help you plan your next great adventure. From Yellowstone to the Great Smoky Mountains, here are a few of our top picks. 

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1. Yellowstone National Park

Every list of the best national parks includes Yellowstone, and this one is no exception. Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 and has countless iconic western sites. From Old Faithful to herds of bison and packs of wolves, this park has it all. Yellowstone is also a favorite because of its attention to accessibility. With stroller and wheelchair-friendly trails, this park is an extremely family-friendly destination. 

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Can’t make it to the park yourself? Or want to bask in its beauty and majesty from the comfort of your own home? If so, check out our Yellowstone candle. Envelop yourself in its remarkable aroma, and you’ll almost be able to feel the mists of Old Faithful on your face. This candle features musk, driftwood and amber crystal mist base notes along with clove leaf, blondwood and water hyacinth mid notes and Valencia orange peel, verbena and neroli flower top notes. 

2. Zion National Park

Discover massive sandstone cliffs and walk the same paths as pioneers and native people at Zion National Park in Utah. This park is home to a unique assortment of landscapes, plants and animals that are sure to captivate and intrigue. The region also has a rich history that’s just as interesting as the local fauna and flora. Zion offers a wide range of activities for visitors. Hike Zion Canyon and make your way through The Narrows and The Subway. Cool off in the Virgin River, enjoy a horseback ride or do some stargazing. There are plenty of options from which to choose. 

3. Glacier Bay National Park

Located in Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park is home to deep glacial fjords and soaring peaks. It is home to some of America’s most breathtaking landscapes and wildlife and is part of one of the largest international protected areas in the world. Visit Glacier Bay National Park for a true remote wilderness experience, or take in the sights while enjoying an Alaskan cruise. 

4. Gettysburg National Military Park

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Visit Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania to come face-to-face with American history. Tour Civil War battlefields, stand in the place where Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address and visit other important historical sites. Depending on when you visit, you may even be able to go on a ghost tour after dark. Whether you are a history buff or looking for an educational experience for your family, Gettysburg National Military Park is definitely worth visiting. 

5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, and it is world-renowned for both its beauty and its diverse plant and wildlife. It’s also one of the last remaining places to experience the culture of Southern Appalachia. As one of the most-visited parks in the U.S., it offers activities for the entire family. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking or wildlife viewing, you can enjoy your favorite activity in this expansive park. There are lots of entertainment amenities in the surrounding communities too!

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Our Great Smoky Mountains candle is a perfect way to enjoy the scents of the forest from home. Featuring a soothing yet refreshing blend of earthy, floral and spicy fragrances, this candle will transport you on a pleasant journey through the signature mist of the Smokies. When you illuminate this candle, you’ll instantly sense top notes of green melon, fresh air and dewdrops. Those scents are followed by clove leaf, ivy vine and crushed bay mid notes. Last, base notes of warm santal, lavender flower and cashmere musk invigorate your senses and invoke the mystery of the forest. 

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National Parks are incredible places where you can experience some of the best of what America has to offer. With National Park Sites in every state and U.S. territory, you shouldn’t need to travel very far to find one. And with our National Park candles, you can enjoy the aromas of your favorite places at home. These candles make great gifts for homeowners too!