15 US National Parks You Shouldn’t Miss

by Keira on January 20, 2012

in Featured, North America, Travel Destination Ideas, United States

From Florida to Hawaii, and from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, America’s National Parks are a treasure-trove of natural beauty and recreation. Here’s a list of 15 of the best national parks in the USA that you absolutely shouldn’t miss. The National Park pictures are alone worth the price of admission ;)

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

1. Big Bend National Park-

Take one of the scenic drives for gorgeous views of the Rio Grande.

Bryce National Park

Bryce National Park

2. Bryce National Park-

Awe-inspiring canyon views and hoodoos up to 150 feet tall make this Utah park a must-see.

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

3. Crater Lake National Park-

Stunning deep blue water and 2,000 foot high cliffs define Crater Lake. Summer visitors can take a tour to Wizard Island.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

4. Death Valley National Park-

Bring a 4-wheel drive to see less well traveled areas. Have plenty of water with you!

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

5. Everglades National Park-

Book a guided boat tour or strike out on your own in a canoe or kayak to really see what the Everglades are all about. Watch for Alligators!

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

6. Glacier National Park-

This is a hiker’s paradise. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available in the winter for a great way to explore the park’s more than 700 miles of trails.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park

7. Great Sand Dunes National Park-

Hiking on sand is slow-going but worth it for an up-close look at the largest sand dunes in North America. And where else can you go sledding with no snow?

Grand Canyon national park

Grand Canyon National Park

8. Grand Canyon National Park-

Experience breathtaking views from the rim, hike to the bottom, or take a rafting trip down the Colorado River. Any way you choose to see it, this is a can’t miss natural wonder.

Haleakalā National Park

Haleakalā National Park

9. Haleakalā National Park-

Camp overnight and enjoy stargazing under strikingly clear night skies. In the morning, watch the sunrise over the largest dormant volcano on Earth.

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

10. Mammoth Cave National Park-

The best way to see the caves is with a guided tour. Mammoth is the largest cave system in the world, and hasn’t even been completely explored yet!

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

11. Mesa Verde National Park-

In addition to the beautiful desert scenery, check out some of the more than 600 cave dwellings of Pueblo people who called this area home for more than 700 years.

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

12. Petrified Forest National Park-

Explore on foot to get the best experience in this park, which features petrified trees that grew 200 million years ago.

Sequoia National Park

General Sherman, Sequoia National Park

13. Sequoia National Park-

Pictures don’t do these majestic trees justice. Take the short hike to the “General Sherman”- it’s taller than the Statue of Liberty!

Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

14. Yellowstone National Park-

Visit Old Faithful, see the wildlife, go camping, fishing, or hiking! There’s always something to see and do at America’s first National Park.

zion national park

Zion National Park

15. Zion National Park-

Take in towering, colorful canyons beneath a bright blue sky. Hike “The Narrows”, at least partway, for the best views.

Visiting these National Parks will give you a real understanding of the natural beauty and wonder of America. Have fun!

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