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Badlands National Park: Sublime in its solitude

We're at the height of summer travel season.  Let's hope you're somewhere nice, like one of America's amazing national parks.

We've seen many of them in the last year. Some of the most famous ones — Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Denali — blow you away with their amazing majesty. Others are a little more sneaky in their appeal, but equally interesting and worth a visit.

I would put South Dakota's Badlands National Park in that category. We stopped there last spring and found a rugged landscape of sublime beauty. It has no breathtaking mountains, but it fills the heart in different ways — through its sweeping plains views, wildflowers and, of all things, silence.

That's what I remember most from our visit: the feeling of being out there in a remarkable isolation.

What are some of your favorite off-the-radar national parks? Drop us a line at and we'd love to share your memories.

John Nelson is a freelance writer.