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11 National Parks That Budget Travel Editors Love

America's national parks have mountains, forests, beaches, and even volcanoes! And the editors at Budget Travel have strong opinions about which park is at the top of their list.

  1. Arches. The hike up the delicate arch is amazing under a full moon. —Amy Lundeen, Photo Director

    (Courtesy horbinsr/myBudgetTravel)
  2. I'm more of a snorkeler than a hiker, and Virgin Islands National Park has an amazing underwater snorkeling trail at Trunk Bay. —Danielle Contray, Senior Digital Editor

    (Courtesy brucemost/myBudgetTravel)
  3. My wife and I have been to Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana, six times, most recently with our two daughters. The drive up to Logan Pass is unforgettable, and the alpine meadows up at the pass make you feel like you are at the top of the world. —Robert Firpo-Cappiello, Deputy Editor

    (Courtesy Rich954/myBudgetTravel)
  4. You can't beat the Everglades. You practically trip over gators from the second you enter the park. —Nicholas DeRenzo, Associate Editor

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  5. Zion. Two words: Angels Landing. —Whitney Tressel, Associate Photo Editor

    (Courtesy Lorio2414/myBudgetTravel)
  6. Acadia. Beautiful shoreline as far as the eye can see. —Ruthie Kaposi, Project Manager

    (Courtesy Acadia1/myBudgetTravel)
  7. Hawaii Volcanoes. Any place where you can get that close to an active volcano wins hands down. —Kaeli Conforti, Digital Editorial Assistant

    (Courtesy Garvin/myBudgetTravel)
  8. Shenandoah in Virginia. I love the Blue Ridge Mountains and spent a lot of time hiking, biking, and exploring the area when I lived down there. —Laura Michonski, Deputy Digital Editor

    (Courtesy monsoon/myBudgetTravel)
  9. When I was a teenager, I watched the sun rise over the Grand Canyon. I'm not sure which was more amazing, the stunning view or the determined camp counselor who managed to corral about 50 of us out of bed for the once-in-a-lifetime experience. —Robin Honig, Research Chief

    (Courtesy laminarwind/myBudgetTravel)
  10. I had no idea Alcatraz was a national park, but it's the coolest place—full of fascinating, eerie stories at every turn.—Rachel Mosely, Editorial Assistant

    (Courtesy kcook/myBudgetTravel)
  11. I've always wanted to see the out-of-this-world forests at Redwood National Park in Northern California—and feel utterly ant-sized next to all those massive trees. —Valerie Rains, Features Editor

    (Courtesy tmtango/myBudgetTravel)

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