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6 Best American National Parks (PHOTOS, POLL)

First Posted: 07/26/10 09:22 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:45 PM ET

Summer usually means one thing to many American families: road trip. We flock to our national parks (thanks Teddy R.!) in droves--in 2009, 285 million people went to a park. Obama's visit with his family in August 2009 must have helped inch that number up a bit, as did the first family's recent stint at Maine's Acadia National Park.

Plus, Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Yellowstone National Park today and the Grand Canyon on Tuesday to check up on the progress of park improvements funded by Obama's stimulus program. About $25 million from the $862 billion stimulus went to construction and maintenance projects in the national parks, according to ABC News.

Since August is just around the corner, we love road trips and it's blisteringly hot in NYC, we thought we'd put a list together of our favorite national parks that are within driving distance of big cities.

 
These parks are our some of our favorites. What are yours? Send us your pictures!
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Acadia
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Distance from Boston: 6 hours.
Where to go: The Park is on Mount Dessert Island, which offers extensive views of the Atlantic (and people in boats whale watching). See Cadillac Mountain, with sweeping views of the harbor.
Where to stay: Bar Harbour Manor, a rustic inn located in the heart of the town.
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