Part of the beauty of exploring a national park is the feeling that you’re the first to discover it. But this is difficult to accomplish when you’re the umpteenth person to gaze over a scenic overlook. Want to escape to national parks where you can be at one with the surroundings? Below you’ll find five places where you can still hear birdcalls instead of camera flashes. They’re out there, and they’re waiting for you to find them.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Michigan
Flickr photo via NOAA Photo Library
Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Pictured Rocks spotlights the pristine shoreline of Lake Superior. Admission to the park is free, and a trek through the hardwood forest reveals waterfalls, sandstone cliffs and freshwater creeks. If you don’t wish to explore the park by foot, you can hire a boat and cruise along the 40-mile lakeshore. Don’t forget to look up – birds of prey frequent the park, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a bald eagle swooping overhead.