6 Midwest National Parks To Travel To This Summer

By Aly Trost
In Culture

The summer is the best time for road trips and experiencing the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a new place to explore this year outside of Missouri, look no further: Here are six Midwest national parks to travel to this summer.

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Michigan
Isle Royale National Park, Michigan 
This gorgeous, scenic park is surrounded by Lake Superior and offers activities for backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers and many others looking to explore this rugged and isolated island. The island has 20 mammal species and over 400 small islands that are all within less than five miles of the island’s shores. Learn about the park’s history and culture of the events, people and species that happened here before us.

Minnesota
Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
Voyageurs National Park is located in the heart of the North American Continent and rocks that are half as old as the earth, forests, dark skies and breathtaking interconnected water routes. The park protects four lakes and is a perfect place to go for canoeing, kayaking, fishing and other activities that allow patrons to experience the gorgeous landscape and history that Voyageurs has to offer.

North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
President Roosevelt first came to the Dakota Territory in 1883 to hunt bison, and in turn altered the course of our nation. In addition to Roosevelt’s cabin, there are many other impressive scenic sites to find at this park, which can be seen through partaking in many activities, such as backcountry camping, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and more.

Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley National Park follows the “Crooked River,” otherwise known as the Cuyahoga River, and yields to deep forests, rolling hills and open farmlands. Come experience this gorgeous park by partaking in activities such as golfing, birdwatching, hiking, biking, EarthCaching, picnicking and more. The park also offers a scenic train ride and two nature-filled trails.

South Dakota
Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota 
Wind Cave National Park contains the densest cave system, which was discovered after a wind-like sound was coming from a hole in the ground. The cave is home to boxwork, a rare formation that is rarely found elsewhere in the world and possesses some of the longest and most complex caves in the world. Above the ground, gorgeous prairie grasslands are home to a variety of animals, such as bison and prairie dogs. Activities include, hiking, horseback riding and tours.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Despite its name, the Badlands National Park offers nothing but good, exciting experiences. This park offers thousands of years of history, is home to a variety of prairie animals and contains one of the world’s richest fossil beds. People from around the world travel here to experience the Night Sky Program, biking, camping, hiking and more.

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