Our national parks are full of hidden gems—special places just off the beaten path that are worth exploring. They’re structures that remind us of history, scenic trails that offer one-of-a-kind views and areas that protect endangered wildlife populations. With our partners at Travelodge® by Wyndham, we’re taking a closer look at these lesser-known sites in our national parks to learn more about them, inspire visitation and to share what we can all do to visit parks responsibly.

Learn more about the parks in our guides below; they’re full of information about the hidden gem locations that make these parks special. To be the first to find out when new guides arrives, follow us at @NPCAPics on Instagram!

Hidden Gems

Catoctin Mountain Park

A rich tapestry of maple, hickory, ash, oak and cherry trees and home to a vast array of birds, chipmunks and other wildlife.

Hidden Gems

Congaree National Park

A park with an abundance of wonders that’s just as beautiful by foot as it is by water.

Hidden Gems

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

A national park site loved by locals for its forests, wetlands and over 100 waterfalls.

Hidden Gems

Devil’s Tower National Monument

An astounding geological feature to behold at a place where habitats meet.

Hidden Gems

Indiana Dunes National Park

This Great Lakes park features rugged sand formations, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, wandering rivers and tranquil forests.


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