Top 3 underrated national parks you need to see this summer

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By: Kristina Guerrero | Jared Cotter Posted: 5:44 PM, May 22, 2017

Today on the Buzz List we're looking at Travel + Leisure’s list of the most underrated national parks in America. The most crowded places like Great Smokey Mountains Park get more than 9 million visitors a year. Others, like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite receive up to 10 million visitors combined. That's crazy! To help you avoid the insane crowds, Kristina Guerrero and Jared Cotter have three of their favorite underrated spots you should visit this summer.

3.  Channel Islands National Park in Ventura, California

There are 145 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world and less than 30,000 people a year visit. You can also take a boat ride and see humpback, blue and gray whale migrations.

2.  Congaree National Park in Hopkins, South Carolina

This piece of floodplain forest covers over 22,000 acres and is one of the highest canopies in the world. It seems daunting, but the park service has made it pretty easy with designated canoe trails along the Congaree River.

1.  Great Basin National Park in Park Baker, Nevada

When most think of Nevada they think of Las Vegas, but about four and a half hours north is a 77,000 acre park that covers from 5,000 above sea level to peaks at 13,000 feet. For all you sky watchers out there, it's also among the darkest parks in the lower 48.

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