There’s one thing you know for certain: you’re looking to get away, get outdoors, and go exploring. But where are you going? Chances are you want to visit a place where the natural world is front and center, which means state parks and national parks are probably your two best options. So, what’s the difference? How do state parks differ from national parks, and which of these protected lands is likely to make the ideal exploration destination? Taking some time to compare the two should make it clear whether a state park or a national park will provide the right setting for your upcoming trip.