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04/23/2013 08:16 am ET | Updated Apr 25, 2013

10 Reasons To Visit National Parks Right Now

National Parks Week is upon us (April 20-28) and while we could point out that the parks provide a safe space for native wildlife to grow and create a fantastic backdrop for the type of iPhone-less family vacations, the real reasons to hop in the car and visit are easier to see in photo form.

Check out our favorite parks, and add your own tips and photos below.

acadia

Acadia National Park, the oldest park east of the Mississippi River, is 73 square miles of ocean shoreline and lush woodlands.

arches

Utah's Arches National Park is named after the over 2,000 of gorgeous stone arches.

canyonlands

Visitors have been traversing Canyonlands National Park in Utah for the last 10,000 years.

denali

You can view both the aurora borealis and 20,000' tall Mt. McKinley in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve.

glacierbay

Before it was a national park, Glacier Bay was inhabited by Alaska's Huna Tlingit tribe.

grandteton

Wyoming's stunning Grand Teton is only 10 miles south of Yellowstone, but includes the peaks of the Teton Range and over 200 miles of trails.

gulfislands

More than 80% of the Gulf Islands National Seashore is under or on the water line, and packed with marine life forms including seven species of turtles.

ozark

The Current and Jacks Fork Rivers help make up Ozark National Park's caves and waterways.

shenandoah

Virginia's Shenandoah National Park is just outside of Washington DC, where you can escape the city and ride along one of its iconic features, Skyline Drive.

zion

You'll find 240-million year-old fossil formations of reptiles, fish and other wildlife at Zion National Park.

Thanks to NPS for all park photos.

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