There's more attention than ever to national parks, and travelers everywhere are reserving campsites and plotting adventurous itineraries to these spectacular U.S. parks.
In 1916, while World War I was raging in Europe, President Woodrow Wilson signed the "Organic Act" making the National Park Service (NPS) the guardian of thousands of acres of parks, reserves, preserves, scenic rivers and landscapes with historical relevance. Today, there are more than 400 NPS sites, with 59 of those designated as national parks.
Yet even with the extra love that the centennial celebration brought in 2016, some of these parks just don't get the attention they deserve, whether that's because of a far-flung location or a lack of awareness of the stunning beauty to be found. In celebration of the NPS's vast range of offerings, skip the lines at mega-popular parks such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, and instead start your national park adventure with the most deserted national parks in America.