12 homes for sale near national parks

Many of us have visited national parks while on vacation, awed by their grandeur and natural beauty. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to wake up to such a breathtaking landscape every day?

You never tire of it, says Leslie Bergman, who along with her husband, Ron, owns Spring Lakes Farm near the Olympic National Park in Washington.

“The experience of living here is something much larger than ourselves, and we always wake with a sense of wonder and awe, which has never diminished,” she said. “It’s irresistible to live out here and not be outside, even standing on our front porch. We’re in a glacial carved valley, and we’re completely ringed by mountains. Just to stand out there with a cup of coffee, it’s really transformative. It’s transformative for your coffee as well.”

People who live near national parks are treated each day to natural wonders that can include majestic mountains, sparkling lakes, arid deserts, lush forests and an array of wildlife.

“That’s one of the best things about living out here: Every landscape is devastatingly beautiful,” Bergman said. “Olympic National Park is unique in that way. It’s not just mountains. It’s wild rivers with salmon, it’s rapids, it’s waterfalls, it’s glacial peaks, it’s wild mountains and wild beaches.”

She and her husband have been visiting Olympic National Park their entire lives, but they bought Spring Lakes Farm a little more than a decade ago when they were looking to buy a farm in the area.

“This was the first and last one that we came to,” she said. “We knew the minute we walked on the property … that this was the place. We just didn’t have to look any further.”