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April Spotlight: Top National Park Picks

James Nichols |

April offers a unique opportunity to explore some of America's most stunning national parks, with the added benefits of blooming landscapes, active wildlife, and comfortable weather conditions - all before the summer crowds set in. Here are our top picks for your April adventures.

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina

Why April? The wildflowers are in peak bloom, making it a spectacular display of spring's awakening. It's also perfect for bird watching and enjoying the lush greenery.

What to Do: Explore trails like the Porters Creek Trail or sections of the Appalachian Trail near Newfound Gap for an immersive wildflower experience.

2. Joshua Tree National Park, California

Why April? Ideal temperatures for day and night activities, with a desert blooming with wildflowers and cacti.

What to Do: Engage in hiking, rock climbing, and stargazing. Visit the Cholla Cactus Garden and Barker Dam.

3. Zion National Park, Utah

Why April? Comfortable temperatures make it perfect for hiking and canyoneering. The snowmelt also enhances the Virgin River's flow.

What to Do: Hike Angel's Landing for stunning views or explore the Kolob Canyons for a quieter experience.

4. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Why April? The weather is ideal for hiking, with clear views and the reopening of the North Rim.

What to Do: Enjoy sunrise or sunset views from the rims, and consider a hike down into the canyon.

5. Acadia National Park, Maine

Why April? Enjoy the park's serene beauty without the summer crowds, with cooler temperatures and awakening wildlife.

What to Do: Drive the Park Loop Road, hike Cadillac Mountain, and visit Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.

We hope this guide inspires you to explore these magnificent parks this April. Remember to enjoy the natural beauty responsibly and follow Leave No Trace principles to help preserve these treasures for future generations.