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The Best National Park You’ve Never Heard Of – Exploring the North Cascades

North Cascades National Park is the least visited park in the continental United States, with fewer than 25,000 visitors per year. This number is minuscule compared to 9.4 million visitors the Great Smoky Mountains or the 3 million nearby Olympic National Park receive annually.  I suspect, as was the case for myself, few people outside of the Pacific Northwest even know this place exists.   Indeed, it seems that the North Cascades has bit of a public relations problem.  While iconic images of its better known cousins are splashed across travel magazines, featured in documentaries, and make it on the bucket lists of millions, the North Cascades stand waiting for a few adventurers to embrace its solitude, wilderness, and beauty.

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