10 Crowd-Free National Parks You Should Visit Instead

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10 Crowd-Free National Parks You Should Visit Instead
We definitely envy John Muir. We’re guessing that the pioneering naturalist—one of the biggest advocates for the preservation of the American wilderness—never had to jockey for a tourist-free view of some of the country’s most spectacular vistas. But here’s the thing, of the 59 national parks, travelers tend to flock only to the big names, leaving the roads of the 49 other equally incredible parks far less-traveled. Want all of the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park without the crowds? You can have it at one of these lesser-known parks. Here are our favorite alternatives to the top 10 most-visited U.S. National Parks.

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By Maggie Fuller, AFAR Staff