At least 81% of retirees will tell you that good health is the most crucial element to a happy retirement. If you’re planning an active, healthy retirement, and you love the outdoors, then check out these affordable National Parks. This is where you’ll find the cheapest, most beautiful places to camp, hike, and explore. (Now that you’ve got the time!)
Yosemite National Park – With 13 different campgrounds to choose from, ranging from $12 to $26 a day, it’s hard to make the wrong choice at Yosemite. 3.7 million people visit this sprawling paradise every year. Attractions include Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, and Cathedral Peak.
Grand Canyon National Park – One of the most iconic scenes of all time, this massive canyon is one mile deep, 277 miles long, and 18 miles wide. Unlike Yosemite, this park only has three campgrounds, each of which only take two reservations. So you’ll have to act fast, but only paying $18 to $25 a night is a big plus.
Glacier National Park – Another park boasting 13 campgrounds, Glacier has 1009 sites total to explore. For $10 to $23 per night, you can explore this parks numerous lakes, mountains, and trails; maybe you’ll even see its official animal, the mountain goat!
Olympic National Park – This massive park, spanning nearly one million acres, will only cost you $15 to $22 per day. With trails through the mountains and along the Pacific shoreline, there’s a hiking level (and a view) for every kind of explorer.
Acadia National Park – Visit the tallest peak of the Atlantic coast (Cadillac Mountain) as well as amazing beaches and forests, all for $22 to $30 a night. Though there are only two campgrounds, with all the different kinds of views and trails offered, you may find yourself spending very little time at the tent.
Make the most of your retirement. Stay healthy, find amazing views of the gorgeous countryside, and save some money while you do it!