America’s Best State Parks

Plan a trip to some of America’s best state parks this camping season – or even during the winter. When you plan ahead, you not only have something to look forward to, but you can plan other activities based on the location you choose.

Pack up the RV – even head over to Leisure Time RV to pick up any needed supplies and accessories – program the GPS to one of these great state parks, and head out for a week or two – or more – of fun.

Head up to Chugach State Park in Alaska to see beluga whales, snowy peaks and grizzly bears. Scenery includes the ice-covered peaks of the Chugach Mountains, which are visible from Anchorage. Be sure to bring the camera and to stop by at least one of the whale-watching viewpoints.

Another park in Alaska you might want to visit is the Denali State Park. You have a 50 percent chance of seeing Mount McKinley, some of the best views of the Alaska Range and wildlife including wolves, moose and grizzly bears.

If Alaska isn’t your thing and you prefer the East Coast, visit Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire. Enjoy the best adventure climbing in New England, the New England Ski Museum, an aerial tramway for those who don’t “do” climbing, trout fishing, hiking and skiing. The park was also home to the Old Man of the Mountain rock formation until if fell in 2003.

On your way home, you might want to stop at the Adirondack Park in New York. Though it’s not a national park, it’s just as big. It is the largest state-level park in the United States and it covers 6.1 million acres. You’ll get lots of photo opportunities on the Adirondack mountain range and you’ll be able to do plenty of hiking.

Baxter State Park, located in Maine, is the home of Thoreau’s Katahdin, one of the Northeast’s most famous mountains. If you enjoy hiking, this is the place to go – it features many trails, including a trial to climb Katahdin, which is the highest peak in Maine. You’ll also get to see the Knife Edge, the scariest ridge on the east coast – the trail is only 3 feet wide for a third of a mile.

Be sure to stop by Leisure Time RV before your trip. Pick up any supplies and accessories, and if you haven’t had any maintenance done on your RV, especially a motorized RV, make a service appointment so that you know you’re ready to go on a long road trip.

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