Summer is so close we can almost smell the coconut oil, but wait… Why does the hottest season of the year have to be spent at the beach? While we all love the warmth of the sun on our skin and the smell of salt in the air, this year it’s time to swap the status quo—but don’t worry: Mother Nature is still involved.
This summer we’re strapping on our hiking boots, packing our “glamping” bags (including our travel handbags), and heading to one of the 58 U.S. national parks for some serious adventure. You too should take the leap, not only for the time of your life but also for a potentially healing experience. (A recent Stanford University study shows that walking, specifically in a natural environment, can greatly decrease your chances of developing depression.) So get out there and enjoy the beauty our world has to offer. If you can’t decide which one to visit, we highlighted nine of the most breathtaking parks you need to add to your travel bucket list—stat.