Where athletes go for National Park Week

Diving, spelunking, sandboarding, and more activities that blend exercise with nature

During National Park Week (April 21 to 29), protected sites across the country celebrate nature’s beauty and encourage people to get outside and enjoy it. Doing so has many perks for athletes, both physically and mentally: Research shows that exercising outdoors can make you feel more energized, reduce mental fatigue, and encourage a relaxed state of mind.

Below, rangers at some of the country’s most stunning parks share their top spots for hiking, diving, and more.

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