Welcome To Voyageurs National Park

The Five Epic National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

With our National Parks seeing more and more visitors every year, finding solitude is increasingly challenging. If battling the crowds to see Old Faithful isn’t your ideal vacation, explore these best-kept secrets:

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO

This ‘Grand Canyon of Colorado’ plunges two thousand vertical feet into the Earth. Sheer rock walls and spires make this one of the steepest canyons in the country. Hiking trails for all abilities can be found along the canyon rim. Look closely and you may see rock climbers making their way up to the canyon walls. The rock climbing here is notoriously dangerous so it is limited to experts only.

black canyon

Best time of year to visit: Late summer and fall

Don’t miss a fourteen-mile raft trip through the canyon. This stretch of river has been nominated for “Wild and Scenic River” designation and has spectacular views. Only five guided boats launch per summer so be sure to reserve a spot.

Isle Royale National Park, MI

For those seeking isolation, look no further. Among the vastness of Lake Superior sits Isle Royale, one of the least visited National Parks in the US. This island is no easy day trip—visitors must take a two to six hour boat ride to access it. Wolves and moose roam this wild landscape, occasionally stopping to glance at the rare human hiker. Those willing to venture into this remote territory will find over 165 miles of hiking trails.

Best time of year to visit: Summer (Isle Royale is one of the few National Parks that closes during winter)

Don’t miss guided scuba diving tours with Isle Royale Charters.

Channel Islands National Park, CA

Off the coast of southern California is this chain of five spectacular islands. Thousands of years of isolation have preserved the islands’ natural habitat, and today visitors can see harbor seals, sea lions and several species found nowhere else in the world. Explore 175 miles of shoreline through sea kayaking, hiking and surfing.


Best time of year to visit: Summer

Don’t miss some of the best snorkeling of the world. Explore kelp forests, sea caves and coves.

Kenai Fjords National Park, AK

 kenai fjords

The crown jewel of this vast, remote land is the Harding Icefield, a place where ice and snow stretch for miles. Visitors looking for a day hike should seek out the eight-mile Harding Icefield trail. A strenuous 1,000-foot elevation is worth the impressive views. A boat tour is an easy way for visitors to see the park and view orca, humpack whales and wild looking glaciers.

Best time of year to visit: Summer

Don’t miss exploring the fjords by kayak. Hiring a guide is strongly recommended due to the serious nature of the waters.

Voyageurs National Park, MN

Forty-percent of Voyageurs National Park is comprised of intricate interconnected waterways, formed by volcanoes and glaciers millions of years ago. Moose, wolves and bald eagles roam this unique landscape and aurora borealis paints the sky. Visitors can paddle a canoe through the calm waters or take a ferry ride through Rainy Lake. Mild weather makes this a great year-round destination.

Best time of year to visit: Year-round

Don’t miss snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing through Voyageur’s winter wonderland.