5 National Parks You Should Visit Before Summer Arrives

Most national parks are fantastic destinations year-round, but there are a select few that are best if you can visit in the spring. Some parks become pretty crowded during the summer months, so visiting in the spring can help beat the crowds. Other parks are notoriously bad for mosquitos and some are best visited in the spring if you’re looking to beat the intense summer heat. Others are just naturally more beautiful in the springtime. Here are 5 of the best national parks to visit before summer arrives.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is the hottest place on the planet. In the summer months, temperatures can exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Visit in the springtime, though, and those temperatures are usually in the 70s and 80s.

Olympic National Park

Spring is the best time to visit Olympic National Park for the simple reason that it’s the season in which the wildlife is migrating and the most active. You can see migrating gray whales along the shore and numerous species of birds flying into the park. With 611 miles of trails, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot some land animals, too, from deer to mountain lions and elk.

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most heavily visited sites in the world, and it sees most of its visitors in the summertime. In order to beat the crowds, visit Grand Canyon National Park from late March to early June.

Saguaro National Park

The saguaro cactus can only be seen in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Visiting the Saguaro National Park in the springtime, especially in April, will offer you the chance to see the cacti when their white blossoms are in full bloom. If cacti aren’t your thing, you’ll have a chance to view plenty of other desert flora as well.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is full of waterfalls, but if you want to see them when they’re at their fastest flowing visit the park in May. Snowmelt will ensure that the rivers and falls are fast-flowing and perfect for photo opportunities.