NEW YORK (MainStreet) — We are so connected by email, phones, texting and social media that many families have started looking at how to get back to nature when planning summer vacations.
But because so many people are heading into the great outdoors, some of the more popular state and national parks draw the very crowds people seek to escape.
These 10 all American outdoor adventures without the crowds that are sure to please most anyone with a yearning to really get away:
Creole Nature Trail All-American Road: The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is a 180-mile adventure through Southwest Louisiana affectionately known as Louisiana’s Outback. The trail is one of the oldest and most acclaimed scenic byways in America. Along the way, you can stop to crab, shrimp or fish just like the locals. The scenic trail provides a little something for everyone, including a mix of wildlife preserves and birding to beaches and wetland areas.
The Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska: What makes this river special is its unique mix of amazing cliffs, rock formations, waterfalls, diverse plants and animals, ancient fossils, high water quality and relatively consistent flow from High Plains Aquifer. People visiting can canoe, kayak or inner tube, and there is private river access and camping.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Amarillo, Texas: You don’t have to visit the Grand Canyon to marvel at one. This canyon in the panhandle of Texas is nearly 1,000 feet deep and provides almost 30,000 acres of outdoor adventure less than a half-hour south of Amarillo that includes camping, mountain biking, hiking on the New Rock Garden Trail, bird watching, wildlife viewing, horseback riding or just relaxing. Civilian Conservation Corps-built cabins are available in the canyon and on the rim.
River of Life Farm, Missouri: If you’ve dreamed of fly fishing the White River, love the Ozark Mountains and staying in a tree house is on your bucket list, this outdoor getaway is the one for you. Canoeing, hiking and stargazing are also among the prime outdoor adventure activities here.