The Best State Park in Every State

The Best State Park in Every State

From beautiful beaches to majestic mountains, these are the most popular—and most beloved—state parks across the United States.

Alabama: Gulf State Park

Gulf Shores State ParkBJ Ray/Shutterstock

You don't have to book a Caribbean vacation to enjoy sun-soaked waves crashing on white-sand beaches. You can find that at Alabama's Gulf State Park, where there's plenty of fun in the sun to be had. For the athletic adults, there's also tennis courts and even an 18-hole championship golf course at the park. These are more of our favorite family-beach destinations.

Alaska: Chugach State Park

South Fork, Campbell Creek, in the Chugach Mountains, Anchorage, AlaskaSusan R. Serna/Shutterstock

Hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, ATVing, berry picking, horseback riding…you'll find tons of outdoor activities available at Chugach State Park, which also happens to be one of the largest and best state parks in the country. There are thousands of miles of trails, some of which take you up Flattop Mountain (the most climbed mountain in Alaska) and others that will take you to over 60 stunning glaciers.

Arizona: Slide Rock State Park

Arizona: Slide Rock State ParkFotoluminate LLC/shutterstock

The name says it all: Slide Rock State Park is home to one of the biggest natural slip n' slides and one of the best natural swimming pools in the United States. After you take a ride down the 80-foot red rock chute, splash around in the swimming hole below, wander through the apple orchards, or just soak in the Arizona sunshine and breathtaking desert scenery.

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