Parks like Grand Canyon and Yellowstone get a ton of attention, but there are other national parks close to these iconic ones that are just as striking but missing one thing: the crowds. Here are a few of our favorite uncrowded parks and why you should stop.

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Hike or drive to the second highest peak in Nevada and see some of the world’s oldest trees at this park on the Nevada-Utah border that hardly anyone knows about.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Described as the pyramids of North America, the ancient ruins at this national park hold the early stories of our nation. Here are the top 8 reasons to go.