Olympic National Park sea stacks We all know the big-hitters of the National and Provincial Park scene - any USA guide book worth its salt will feature the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone, and if you're looking further north to Canada and Alaska, Jasper and Denali are the ones not to miss. However as American experts, finding those less-known areas is what we do best.

So here's our guide to some of those little-known areas that you may not find in a standard Google search. Where the crowds don't go, and where you can get that wilderness feeling as nature intended.

Tweedsmuir National Park - Canada
  • Grizzly bear

    Completely off the radar of most tourists, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is located in the Bella Coola Valley in British Columbia, and is widely considered as British Columbia's most beautiful park. The colours of the mountains, combined with the solitude and flora will ensure that Tweedsmuir is a park that you'll remember forever. Hike through the thick green forest and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as a healthy population of Grizzly and Black bears live in the park, as well as elk, deer, moose and coyote. As this is a total wilderness area where travellers need to be completely self-sufficient, visiting can be difficult and needs careful preparation, so travelling in a small group is the perfect way to remove the stresses of planning. Visit this park on Canadian Rockies and Wildlife

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Kenai Fjords National Park - Alaska
  • Kenai National Park

    Containing far more than its fair share of fjords and glaciers, Kenai Fjords National Park is a quite exceptional piece of Alaska that promises a thrilling and breath-taking introduction to the frozen wilds of the Last Frontier. Wherever you wish to explore on foot or by boat you'll be presented with some stunning glacial images and the chance to see the likes of Exit Glacier and the Harding Icefield (one of America's largest) is a truly unique and humbling experience. From whale watching in Resurrection Bay to the captivating hues of Aialik Fjord; any trip to Kenai Fjords National Park will leave you speechless and hungry for more. Visit this park on the Alaskan Adventure

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Big Bend National Park - USA
  • Big Bend National Park

    Carved out by the Rio Grande, Big Bend National Park is simply huge. Encompassing 800,000 acres in southwest Texas, Big Bend is a must-see and a land of dramatic contrasts. With dusty Chihuahuan Desert filled with plants, lizards and fields of cacti, the narrow canyons and river banks of the Rio Grande, and the Chisos Mountains where deer, mountain lions and wildlife roam the green forest covering. This is also the perfect place for a spot of star gazing; it has one of the darkest measured skies in the lower 48 states and is recognised Dark Sky Park - one of only ten places on the planet certified for dark sky stargazing. Big Bend is one of the least visited parks in the US, but you'll be glad you paid it a visit. Explore this park on the Texas Ranger

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Olympic National Park - USA
  • Olympic National Park starfish

    Olympic National Park is one of the most diverse National Parks in the USA, and a visit here presents the best of all worlds as you'll discover wild and rugged pacific coastline and great swathes of temperate rainforest, all with a backdrop of ancient glacial peaks. Journey deep into old growth forest to visit flowing waterfalls and pristine lakes, relax in the Sol Duc Hot Springs, and explore the desolate beaches of the coastline that are awash with drift wood and colourful starfish. Much of the wildlife and plant species that you'll find here are unique to the area and from elk and marmots to bellflowers and cinquefoils, nature lovers will be in their absolute element. Make sure you tick off the `three parks in one' of Olympic National Park. Visit this park on the Olympic, Mt Rainier and St Helens

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Acadia National Park - USA
  • Acadia National Park

    Situated on a series of rocky coastal islands, Acadia National Park is simply one of the most beautiful and magical natural places on the North American continent. Blessed with towering mountains, islands and ocean it creates a unique sensory splendour that has become the crown and glory of Maine. Rocky coastlines, granite mountains, lakes, moss and evergreen, rolling waves and abundant wildlife mix with local character and seafood. It's a perfect place to enjoy trekking and mountain biking, or go deep sea fishing and maybe even haul up a lobster for dinner! Acadia National Park is definitely a highlight of any trip to the east coast. Visit this park on the Atlantic Maritimes

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