Dig deeper. A lot of people put blinders on when they visit a national park, sticking only to the very best-known trails and activities. But most parks have so much more to discover than what is popular on social media. For example, if you visited Yosemite, only stayed in Yosemite Valley and didn’t venture beyond that well known area, then you missed out on so much good stuff. Same goes for Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. The namesake experiences of the park are the hot springs bubbling up from deep underground that provide a great, therapeutic, old school spa experience. And I do mean old school. But surrounding the springs are some fantastic hiking trails that follow ridge lines and offer incredible views over the surrounding mountains. I doubt most visitors to Hot Springs NP get to experience these trails. When we visited, we did a hard 10-mile ridge line hike that was truly awesome, and THEN we recovered by soaking our muscles in the hot springs (followed by beer and some amazing Arkansas BBQ!). Now THAT’S a good way to spend a day in a national park. Next time you visit a park, go beyond the iconic. ·
(the 17th U.S. National Park) in was established by the @ on March 4, 1921.
Stay tuned as @ and I count down all 60 of the U.S. national parks, sharing previously untold stories and/or photos from our epic road trip to visit all the parks during the 2016 centennial of the park service for @ and @a.
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