Maine's North Woods
Why now: President Obama declared more than 87,500 acres of forestland in Maine's North Woods a national monument this August, the first step in a hard-fought battle to turn this forested patch near Baxter State Park into a national park. The land — now known as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument — was part of a massive donation from Burt's Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby.
What to see: This expansive park boasts fast-flowing rivers and vast boreal forests that are home to lynx, bears, and trout, among other vital species. You can set off on some of the short hikes along the 14-mile Katahdin Loop Road, go mountain biking along the gravel roads, or camp out over the summer months to experience some of the darkest skies this side of the Mississippi.