For anyone who believes in the vision of Hello Ranger, you’ll find yourself right at home with the National Trails System. And while we may not have one of the famous “Triple Crown” trails, there are still thousands of miles of National Trails winding through the heartland.
If you’re looking for some trip inspiration for a “squeeze-it-in-this-summer” day trip or weekend vacation, we recommend trying out one of these Midwest national park destinations.
Whether you’re seeking solace and solitude, space for healing and reflection, or just a little “leg room” after months of social distancing, the parks are ready to welcome us back with open arms. Thankfully, the Midwest national parks offer all of us an opportunity to find some comfort and quiet space to continue the conversations we’re only just beginning.
The Midwest Region spans 11 different states and 57 of the more than 400 different units in the NPS. Of those 57 units, nine have the official national park designation. Among these, you’ll find one of our newest, one of our oldest, and one of the least visited national parks in the National Park Service.
Likely one of the most unassuming national parks in the US, a stone’s throw from Chicago and nestled along the expansive shores of Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was upgraded in 2019 to Indiana Dunes National Park. Despite its small size of 15,000 acres, this is a place of incredible biodiversity and more visitors than most any other national park in the country.