Lizzie Dragon
by Lizzie Dragon
Posted January 1, 2022

Did 2022 sneak up on you like it did us? No need to fret — we’re here to help you plan the year ahead. If your New Year’s resolution is to travel more, this blog is especially for you!

Set your sights on one of the five newest National Parks to enter the NPS scene:

  1. New River Gorge National Park
  2. White Sands National Park
  3. Indiana Dunes National Park
  4. Gateway Arch National Park
  5. Pinnacles National Park

Heck, why not make it your resolution to visit all of them? Here’s what to do and what to drive in each of the five — starting with the newest.

New River Gorge National Park — West Virginia

The newest park on the roster, previously named a National River, New River Gorge hit the National Park scene in 2020. Experience 53 miles of river, gorge, and so much more.

What to do

Walk Kaymoor Miner’s Trail through the historical coal mine sites, go whitewater rafting along the river, or drive along the park’s scenic drive.

What to drive

Here are a few highly-rated options near New River Gorge:

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White Sands National Park — New Mexico

Wander around 275 square miles of blindingly white sand dunes. With the largest dune field of its kind on earth, it’s no surprise that White Sands, previously named a National Monument in 1933, was redesignated as a National Park in 2019.

What to do

Take the Alkali Flat Trail to see the last remnant of Lake Otero, bike on Dunes Drive, or sled down the sands.

What to drive

Here are a few highly-rated options near White Sands:

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Indiana Dunes National Park — Indiana

15 miles of the Lake Michigan shore makes up what was just a National Lakeshore until 2019 — Indiana Dunes National Park. From the forests to the wetlands, there’s not much you won’t find spanning these 15,000 acres.

What to do

Hike Cowles Bog Trail, picnic at the beach, and park your rig at Dunewood Campground for an overnight stay among the dunes.

What to drive

Here are a few highly-rated options near Indiana Dunes:

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Gateway Arch National Park — Missouri

Established as a National Park in 2018, Gateway Arch National Park is an architectural attraction like no other. Built to memorialize Thomas Jefferson’s opening of the westward expansion, the park brings in about 2 million visitors each year.  

What to do

Get a great view of the arch on the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial trail or take a tram to the top of the tallest monument.

What to drive

Here are a few highly-rated options near Gateway Arch:

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Pinnacles National Park — California

Born from natural disasters, Pinnacles National Park is a site to behold. Venture through history as you hike through the canyons and caves that make up the park that gained its designation in 2013.

What to do

Hike Condor Gulch Trail, explore Bear Gulch Cave, and watch for Acorn Woodpeckers.

What to drive

Here are a few highly-rated options near Pinnacles:

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Ring in the new year

There’s no better place than at some of the newest national parks!

Lizzie Dragon


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