Travel to the stunning locations in America’s most popular national parks most tourists never get to see.
Enjoying the splendor of some of America’s most breathtaking national parks can be tough when you’re dealing with crowds of tourists.
Thanks to their massive size, these national parks are home to mesmerizing corners and corridors that most travelers never get the chance to explore.
We spoke to former National Geographic travel photographer Jonathan Irish, who visited every national park in the U.S. last year with his partner, Stephanie Payne, to find the top hidden gems in popular parts around the states.
“Our goal was to celebrate what these parks mean for us, so it was important for us to dig into every park and not just hit the main points, but to get to the heart of the park and find the places that most people don’t get to,” Irish told Travel + Leisure of their trip.
From hikes that lead into craters to campsites in the Everglades that sit right in the water, here are some of their top finds.