Accessible National Parks, Airline Division
Units of the National Park System are really closer than you think. Some are quite literally in your backyard. Today we're pointing out those that are within an hour's drive of an airport with commercial service. (We'll return with the auto accessible version.)
Why look at those reached by airplanes? Well, airfares are like yo-hos. They keep going up and down. If you're free and flexible, or saddled with more frequent flier miles than you know what to do with, here are 10 national park units that are within your reach.
8. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. McGhee-Tyson Airport is just 45 miles west of the park, and if you know the route by heart and don't hit any stoplights before Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you should make it under an hour.
7. Shenandoah National Park. You'd probably be pushing it flying into Washington Dulles International, which is 56 miles from Front Royal, Virginia, but if you hopped a commuter to Shenandoah Valley Regional you'd be just 27 miles from the park's Swift Run Gap Entrance.
2. Elton John scored big with Philadelphia Freedom, and for good reason. Philly saw the birth of our nation, right there in Independence Hall. Roughly 60 percent of our national parks were established to preserve our country's history, and you can't move past square one without Independence Hall. Among other things, a visit here allows you to see Thomas Jefferson's quill pen with which he wrote the Declaration of Independence. Fly into Philadelphia International and you're just a cab ride away.