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Whether you’re looking for your next vacation idea or even more national parks to add to your bucket list, there are more than 60 National Parks to explore across America.

If you prefer to travel to places off the beaten path, or don’t want to fight crowds on a family vacation, here are 15 less-visited gems in the National Parks system to consider.

15 Lesser-Known National Parks

This park, located near Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, is best known for its historical significance. Once a popular industrial area with factories lining the Cuyahoga River, this landscape has been restored to a beautiful national park. 

1. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

This park, best known for its beautiful desert landscape, is located in California near Palm Springs. Joshua Tree National Park is a unique cross-section of two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and Colorado.

2. Joshua Tree National Park, California

The best time to visit is during peak leaf season, which generally lasts from mid-September to early November. If you’re visiting with your family, be sure not to miss Skyline Drive, a popular road that runs through part of the park and offers tons of incredible scenic vistas.

3. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

This park, best known for its unique geological formations and countless hoodoos (thin spires of rock), is located in southern Utah near the border with Arizona.

4. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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