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10 stunningly scenic state parks

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Sinnemahoning State Park

This mountainous Pennsylvania park is home to hundreds of elk and an occasional bald eagle. Hike the impressive peaks and valleys in the summer or snowshoe or ski them in the winter.

Dead Horse Point State Park

This Utah park overlooks the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. Its plateau, cliffs and desert colors make it a favorite for lovers of the lore and landscape of the American West.

Custer State Park

Visit this wildlife refuge in the Black Hills of South Dakota for scenic drives along with a chance to spot one of the 1,500 free-roaming bison that wander Custer's grasses.

Chugach State Park

This Alaskan state park, America's third largest, has an amazing variety of landscape — glaciers, lakes, rivers, dense forests and an abundance of wildlife.

Slide Rock State Park

Slide Rock in Arizona is home to a really, really fun natural water slide formed on the slippery bed of Oak Creek. This state park welcomes bathing-suit clad visitors in the summer months.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Georgia O' Keeffe spent her formative years near this Texas state park. Find your own inspiration as you gaze out onto "The Grand Canyon of Texas."

Ecola State Park

Ecola plays a notable role in American history; it's a Lewis and Clark State Historical Park. Hike the Oregon park's spruce forests before laying your blanket on one of its many sandy shores.

Valley of Fire State Park

The Nevada park's red sandstone formations appear to go up in flames when the sun hits them just right. Park visitors can find petroglyphs dotting this Mojave Desert marvel.

St. Andrews State Park

White sands and emerald waters make St. Andrews State Park a lovely spot to stop for visitors to the Florida Panhandle. This beach park is known for its water sports and bird-watching.

Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley in Utah is the land of the hoodoos, thin and tall rock spires that rise up (some as high as buildings) from the otherwise flat ground. These towers of rock are mysterious and awe-inspiring.

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