You Can Buy Candles That Smell Just Like These National Parks

Visit your favorite national parks (without leaving the house) with one whiff of these candles—and contribute to conservation efforts while you do it.

With 58 National Parks spread out over all 50 states, chances are you’ve been to one of these expertly preserved areas—or at least dreamed of going. Whether you’ve hiked the mountains of Yosemite in California or admired photos of the Grand Canyon from afar, these parks are bucket list-worthy. And if you don’t have plans to visit a National Park this summer, you can still feel like you’re there with an experiential candle. With these traditional wax and clean-burning soy candles, you can experience the wonder of these lands even if you’re not able to travel to them in person.

White Candle in a purple box labeled "grand canyon"
Image courtesy of Homesick.

Grand Canyon National Park

We know and love Homesick for their signature line of hometown candles, but we’re even more excited about their newest line. Their National Parks Collection features four candles—like the Grand Canyon candle which includes scents bergamot, lemon, and warm sandalwood—that will make you feel like you’re standing at the Arizona canyon’s highest peak. Each candle is hand-poured in the United States and has a burn time of 60-80 hours.

Four candles on a grey surface
Image courtesy of Paddywax.

Glacier National Park

We stocked up on Paddywax’s winter fragrances last season and can’t wait to do the same with their new collection of National Parks candles. Each candle is poured into a gorgeous speckled vessel and has a unique crackling wood wick. The line features six different park candles (we’re most excited about the White Pine + Hemlock scent inspired by Glacier National Park in Montana) and a portion of the proceeds go toward supporting conservation efforts. Paddywax has pledged to donate at least $25,000 to the National Park Foundation to conserve more than 84 million acres of parkland, so this is a purchase you can feel great about making.

Buy It: Glacier’s White Pine + Hemlock, $34, Paddywax

Black candle on a wood table
Image courtesy of Parks Project.

Yosemite National Park

Parks Project is an organization that supports the parks’ conservation efforts. In addition to organizing nation-wide volunteer days, their National Parks candle collection gives back to each park in a unique way. For each Yosemite product sold, one meter of park trail will be restored in the park—which you can see in person if you plan a trip to California to see Yosemite’s rare and breathtaking firefall. The collection features nine different park candles, which are all hand-poured in California and have an 80 hour burn time.

Brown and white candle on a green background
Image courtesy of Elsewhere Candle Co.

Joshua Tree National Park

Elsewhere Candle Co. takes inspiration from the flora found in the parks to create a unique candle scent for each National Park. They currently offer 11 park options, and each soy candle is handmade in Boulder, Colorado. Their newest scent, inspired by Joshua Tree National Park in California, uses notes of sage, cedar, and creosote bush to mimic the scent of the desert after a fresh rainfall. Plus, 5 percent of each purchase is given directly to the National Park Foundation.

Stack of three candles and a round container sitting on a table
Image courtesy of Good & Well Supply Co.

Choose Your Own Adventure

The handmade soy candles from Good & Well Supply Co. are made in small batches in Seattle, Washington and are made from vegan, ethically-sourced materials. This collection has the most variety, with 23 park scents to choose from. You can purchase the eight-ounce candles individually or opt for their “Choose Your Own Adventure” pack, which includes three parks of your choice. The three-pack would be a memorable way to commemorate a long road trip that includes multiple parks!

If your candle’s scent inspires you to take a family vacation to one of the parks, the Great Smoky Mountains (which line the border between North Carolina and Tennessee) were named one of Airbnb’s top travel destinations of the year. And starting this summer, you can take a Colorado wine train tour that runs adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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