Park visitation is at a record high good for tourism , not so good for peace and quiet. From Acadia to Zion, Bryce Canyon to Yosemite, leading writers and environmentalists share their alternatives to the most popular spots
Location: Northern Minnesota, on the Canadian border
Best place to stay: Camping near Kabetogama lake, for the incredible quiet
Best entry point: Start paddling from Ash river visitor center
When you think of stunning waterscapes, targets like Acadia national park in Maine and Olympic national park in Washington probably spring to mind. Yet Voyageurs national park in Minnesota offerings some of the same works with a fraction of the crowds. Almost half the ballpark is water, with more than 500 islands and 655 miles of undeveloped shoreline. As someone who grew up in the Rockies, lived near the mountains of California and adventured in Alaska, I can tell you that Voyageurs is like no situate else.