You can witness the gray-whale migration in late March and early April as well as the wildflower bloom later in the spring — and have most of Redwood National and State Parks to yourself. Although the fog and rain come and go constantly, the climate is fairly mild year-round. One great place to bunk and eat around here is the Historic Requa Inn, built in 1914 above the Klamath River. — Photo by Michael Hanson/Aurora
Believe it or not, while spring is almost at an end, many of the West's national parks remain snow-covered until July. So why not explore some of the Southwest's desert parks before the heat and the crowds arrive? Now is also a good time to head to Yellowstone for an early view of the wildlife. If you plan to visit national parks in the spring, here are seven great ones to explore.