When we think of springtime travel, many people picture that classic spring break trip to a beach in Florida or the Caribbean. But this season is also a great time to explore the vast beauty of our national parks system.
Many national parks are bursting with colorful floral blooms around March, April and May. You also get the benefit of milder temperatures and fewer crowds around this time of year.
Of course, some parks are better suited for springtime visits than others. We asked experts to share the national parks they believe are best to explore during the spring season. Keep scrolling for nine stunning destinations.
Joshua Tree National Park in California
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Mount Rainier National Park in Washington
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Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
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Redwood National Park in California
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Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
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Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas
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Zion National Park in Utah
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee
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New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia
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