Best Driving Vacations 2023: Four Gorgeous National Parks Within a Day’s Drive of Columbus

This year’s edition of Columbus Monthly’s Best Driving Vacations travel feature highlights natural wonders in Tennessee, Virginia, Indiana and Northeast Ohio.

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The view from Cliff Top on Mount Le Conte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The crown jewels of the National Park Service are west of the Mississippi, but you can still find stunning views, gorgeous beaches, fascinating history and more in national parks closer to home.

In this year’s edition of our annual Best Driving Vacations feature, Columbus Monthly highlights four of these more accessible gems, all within a roughly six-hour drive of Central Ohio.

Read the stories below to explore natural wonders in Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia and Northeast Ohio.

Best Driving Vacations:Discover an Iconic View at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Best Driving Vacations:Nature and Industry Coexist at the Indiana Dunes

Best Driving Vacation:Explore the Scenery Along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park

Best Driving Vacations:Cuyahoga Valley Showcases a Magnificent Restoration Story

The Best Driving Vacations package appears in the February 2023 issue of Columbus Monthly.