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KEYSTONE, SD - OCTOBER 01: A tourist takes a picture of Mount Rushmore National Memorial from outside the park on October 1, 2013 in Keystone, South Dakota. Mount Rushmore and all other national parks were closed today after congress failed to pass a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job. A bulletin issued by the Department of Interior states, "Effective immediately upon a lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service will take all necessary steps to close and secure national park facilities and grounds in order to suspend all activities ...Day use visitors will be instructed to leave the park immediately..." (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The temperatures are getting warmer, and that means even more reason to get outside. I love to go hiking and exploring, and one thing that constantly amazes me is how many wonderful state parks we have in the Carolina’s and in America.

The United States has a lot of stunning state parks, but what are the best?

Travel + Leisure just did a ranking of the best state parks in every state, so if you’re looking for some ways to spend your days off this Summer, maybe check out one of these:

  • Gulf State Park — Alabama
  • Chugach State Park — Alaska
  • Lost Dutchman State Park — Arizona
  • Devil’s Den State Park — Arkansas
  • Redwood National and State Parks — California
  • Eldorado Canyon State Park — Colorado
  • Silver Sands State Park — Connecticut
  • Cape Henlopen State Park — Delaware
  • Ichetucknee Springs State Park — Florida
  • Tallulah Gorge State Park — Georgia
  • Waiʻānapanapa State Park — Hawaii
  • Farragut State Park — Idaho
  • Starved Rock State Park — Illinois
  • Brown County State Park — Indiana
  • Backbone State Park — Iowa
  • Wilson State Park — Kansas
  • Cumberland Falls State Park — Kentucky
  • Chicot State Park — Louisiana
  • Baxter State Park — Maine
  • Assateague State Park — Maryland
  • Mount Greylock State Reservation — Massachusetts
  • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park — Michigan
  • Itasca State Park — Minnesota
  • Tishomingo State Park — Mississippi
  • Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park — Missouri
  • Makoshika State Park — Montana
  • Smith Falls State Park — Nebraska
  • Franconia Notch State Park — New Hampshire
  • Valley of Fire State Park — Nevada
  • Island Beach State Park — New Jersey
  • City of Rocks State Park — New Mexico
  • Niagara Falls State Park — New York
  • Chimney Rock State Park — North Carolina
  • Little Missouri State Park — North Dakota
  • Hocking Hills State Park — Ohio
  • Lake Murray State Park — Oklahoma
  • Oswald West State Park — Oregon
  • Ohiopyle State Park — Pennsylvania
  • Colt State Park — Rhode Island
  • Jones Gap State Park — South Carolina
  • Custer State Park — South Dakota
  • Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail State Park — Tennessee
  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park — Texas
  • Goblin Valley State Park — Utah
  • Smugglers’ Notch State Park — Vermont
  • Grayson Highlands State Park — Virginia
  • Deception Pass State Park — Washington