The National Park You Should Visit, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
Does astrology say you're the type to hike among the mountains or sightsee on the coast?
The U.S. is home to some of the most visited and photographed natural wonders in the world—many courtesy of the National Park Service. Whether you're looking for an adventure-filled vacation or a relaxing outing to unwind, there's a park that's perfect for everyone. We asked Best Life's resident astrologer to pair each zodiac sign with their ideal outdoor oasis. Will you fare best hiking among the mountain ranges of the Pacific Northwest or sightseeing on a sandy beach in Florida? Keep reading to find out which U.S. national park should be at the top of your travel bucket list.
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Lauren Ash is a celebrity astrologer and lifestyle writer. She writes weekly columns for Best Life and Glam, and hosts the weekly astrology and pop culture podcast Birth Chart Pls. Follow Lauren on Twitter and Instagram or subscribe to her blog for monthly horoscopes.
Aries: Denali National Park
Aries are known for their adventurous spirit and energetic lifestyle. Even when it comes to your regular workday routine, you like to make sure every minute is accounted for. You'd rather get as much done as you can, as fast as you can, so you can enjoy it all. And when it comes to planning a vacation, every second will be filled with activities.
Alaska's Denali National Park is home to North America's tallest peak, so you'll feel challenged by all the hiking available year-round. And with over six million acres of land, you'll have plenty to keep you occupied. The animals you'll spot along the trail will also make the perfect subjects for your amateur wildlife photography skills.
Taurus: Hot Springs National Park
Tauruses are dependable and passionate. You make up your mind and stick with it, always seeing something through to the very end. And while you might not be the loudest or most boastful person in a room, those close to you know you're the one to call when something has to get done.
But even the most ambitious go-getters need time to unwind, which is why you'll enjoy relaxing at Arkansas' Hot Springs National Park, one of the country's only non-volcanic geothermal springs. Once you're done lounging in the clear, warm water, you're just a hop, skip, and jump away from Superior Bathhouse Brewery, the first and only brewery located inside a National Park (and we know you have a refined palate, Taurus).
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Gemini: Grand Teton National Park
Geminis have an active mind and a love of adventure, so you're always on the move, whether it's trying out a new hobby, making new friends, or traveling to new places. For you, stepping outside your comfort zone is as exciting as it gets.
Your perfect national park trip will be packed with natural beauty, outdoor activities, and friendly faces (after all, you are the zodiac's social butterfly). In addition to stunning snow-capped peaks and gorgeous mirrored lakes, Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park usually has tourists from all over the world who you can mix and mingle with after a long day of hiking. Consider visiting in September or October when you can take in the beautiful fall foliage.
Cancer: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
People call you the moodiest sign of the zodiac, Cancer. And while many astrological stereotypes aren't always true, this one is. But it's your highly emotional nature that also makes you one of the most empathetic and nurturing people. You love helping people tackle problems and find solutions, but it can take a toll on you if you don't take time for yourself.
For the sensitive sweetheart looking for a secluded nature retreat, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, located on the south shore of Michigan's Lake Superior, is your perfect park. Known for its brilliant multicolored cliffs, out-of-this-world sandstone formations, and remnants of shipwrecks that scatter the shorelines, this locale will take your breath away.
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Leo: Crater Lake National Park
Leos are known for their extroverted charm. Whether you're meeting new people or catching up with old friends, you know how to put on your best performance in any situation. Your usual scene includes lots of socializing, partying, and dating, but you know it's just as important to connect with nature.
Formed over 7,700 years ago after a violent volcanic eruption, Crater Lake National Park has all the spectacle and drama you love. The Oregon park offers visitors the chance to see the deepest lake in the U.S., and if that wasn't enough, it also has more than 90 miles of hiking trails, plus a stunning scenic drive overlooking the lake.
Virgo: Big Bend National Park
You need a break more than anyone on this list, Virgo. Always looking to tick another item off your to-do list, it's rare for you to take a moment for yourself. You're the master of juggling everything in life with grace and ease and often find it difficult to pause and do nothing. When you do finally decide to slow down, your practical side will insist on a destination with plenty to see and do (it has to be worth it, right?).
Texas' Big Bend National Park is a place where you'll never get bored, with stargazing, birdwatching tours, and more than 150 miles of hiking trails through the mountainous desert. Start making that itinerary!
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Libra: Yosemite National Park
Libras are friendly and outgoing, which means you adapt well to new surroundings better than most. You love exploring the world around you and indulging in all of life's tiny miracles.
That's why Yosemite is an ideal retreat for you. The California national park is well known for its waterfalls, which are the perfect romantic backdrop for your photos. It also has plenty of outdoor programs, art workshops, and volunteer opportunities, so you can connect with fellow travelers. When you're done, stop into one of the many shops, restaurants, or art galleries in town. A little outdoor adventure plus retail therapy—What could be better for you, Libra?
Scorpio: Joshua Tree National Park
Scorpios are mysterious and hard to read. You like to observe people first before you let them know the real you. And while you play your cards close to the chest, it's only to protect the deeply emotional and sensitive side of your personality. Since you're a sign of extremes, you won't be deterred by a destination where you'll be roughing it.
Created from high-speed winds and torrential downpours, Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect reminder that even under the harshest conditions, beautiful things can grow and thrive. In the Southern California desert, you can camp under the stars, go bouldering, and learn about the rich cultural history of the area.
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Sagittarius: Badlands National Park
There's a good chance the world travelers of the zodiac have already visited a few locations on this list. A natural-born wanderer, you search for a greater understanding of the world through immersion and experience. This is why you prefer to travel solo and make friends along the way.
For hard-to-impress Sagittarius, we recommend the incredibly unique Badlands National Park in South Dakota. You'll have opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding, and more. So, whether you're passing through on the way to another adventure or you're planning to settle in a camp for a bit, you'll never run out of things to do during your stay.
Capricorn: Sequoia National Park
Capricorns are the overachievers of the zodiac. You have lofty goals and the work ethic to achieve them, but it's important to remember that life is about more than climbing the corporate ladder. It's also about the places you go and the memories you make.
For a national park that'll leave a lasting impression, look no further than California's Sequoia National Park, home to the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world, as well as over 600 square miles of breathtaking sequoias that have been around for more than 2,000 years. When you're done soaking in this world-famous forest, end your evening at one of the luxury hotels or fine dining restaurants located in town.
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Aquarius: Zion National Park
As the rebel of the zodiac, Aquarius likes to have variety in life and take the road less traveled. As someone who's always questioning things and challenging the status quo, you want to broaden your horizons.
Why not take a self-care retreat to Zion National Park and immerse yourself in this natural oasis? With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, the Utah destination is a great place to enjoy clear skies, fresh air, and iconic mountain views. From the breathtaking red sandstone formations to the Emerald Pools, which feature waterfalls and a hanging garden, this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip that will truly change your worldview.
Pisces: Dry Tortugas National Park
Pisces' creative mind often leaves this sign lost in daydreams. To get through a tense family dinner or boring day at work, you'll retreat to your fantasy world and imagine relaxing on a tropical beach.
So, it's only fitting that you should visit a national park along the shoreline. Just off the coast of the Florida Keys, the 100-square-mile Dry Tortugas National Park is only accessible by boat, but it still manages to pack in plenty to see and do. Famous for its picturesque blue waters, coral reefs, snorkeling, and vast assortment of aquatic and marine life, this park will make you feel like you've been transported to an island resort thousands of miles away, even though you never left the country.