After more than 2 years of home isolation, quarantine, travel ban, global pandemic and what not, it’s finally time for some semblance of normality. Since the world is getting back on track and major tourist destinations like the USA are welcoming visitors again, there are a number of people applying for their US visa and grabbing this opportunity as an excuse to travel and explore the country as much as they can. With innumerable world renowned cities and monuments, places of historical importance, and national parks in the USA, one can be assured they’ll surely get over their wanderlust.
If you want to experience the true beauty of the USA, we suggest you add some of the national parks in the USA in your US holiday packages as they showcase the natural beauty of the land in all of its glory. There are around 63 national parks all over the USA, and each one more beautiful than the other. Each of these national parks is unique in its own way, some have great archaeological importance, some are home to naturally occurring phenomenon that leave the visitors mesmerized and some are simply the perfect place to take a break from daily life.
Let’s have a look at some of the best national parks in the USA that are sure to take your breath away.
1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Formed due to the erosion caused by the Colorado River over millions of years, the Grand Canyon National Park in the USA is the perfect example of nature’s impeccable craftsmanship. With endless scenic views this picture perfect gorge is one of the most famous national parks in the USA and the world as well. Unique and color changing landscape, many hiking trails, rafting opportunity in the Colorado River, and an option to marvel at its beauty by taking a helicopter ride over it, so many options to explore the Grand Canyon National Park, yet none of them do justice to its beauty.
2. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho
Said to be amongst the first national parks in the USA, Yellowstone National Park is home to many iconic features. Rolling mountains, Sulphur lakes, steam vents, geothermal geysers, rushing waterfalls and stunning terrain, wolves, grizzly bears and bisons roaming about, all come together to make your visit to the Yellowstone National Park unforgettable. Spread over 3 states and 2.2 million acres of land, this massive national park stands out in our list because of its unique features and ecological diversity.
3. Yosemite National Park, California
Rock climbers, hikers and campers flock towards the Yosemite National Park in California to get their fill of thrill. Apart from the thrill seekers, nature lovers head towards this UNESCO World Heritage Site to marvel at some of the most amazing glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, naturally occurring jagged granite peaks, plentiful sequoia trees and lush greenery. Head on towards the Tunnel View Outlook point and witness the panoramic view of the Yosemite Valley and you will understand why it the most picturesque national parks in the USA.
4. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
One of the underrated national parks in the USA, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah must be on your places to visit in the USA list. Home to the largest number of iconic irregular columns of rock called Hoodoos, the park is the best place for photographers to capture perfect postcard worthy pictures. With interesting hiking points like Thor’s Hammer, Queens Garden Trail, Tower Bridge, Inspiration Point, Hat Shop, Navajo Trail, Fairyland Loop, Mossy Cave, etc. the park also offers a chance to go horseback riding through some of the most scenic places in the world.
5. Glacier National Park, Montana
Located in the state of Montana in the United States of America and Alberta and British Columbia provinces of Canada, this national park was established solely for the purpose of protection and preservation of its flora and fauna. Mountain lions, wolves, goats, bighorn sheep, black bears, grizzly bears, wolverines, moose, etc. can be easily spotted around being in their natural element. The 82 km stretch of Going-to-the-Sun Road, the most scenic route through the park that takes you along the many glaciers and snow tipped mountains.
6. Glacier National Park
If you travel southwards from the Yellowstone National Park, you will reach the lesser known yet fairly visited Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Topping the list of family friendly national parks in the USA, the Grand Teton National Park, is filled with activities that change with the seasons. Skiing in winter, hiking in summer and blooming fields full of Larkspur in fall and Lupine in spring, make a flawless backdrop for that perfect Instagram post, no matter when you visit you will surely be hypnotized by the sights.
7. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
The highest national park amongst all national parks in the USA, Rocky Mountain National Park is home to almost hundred mountains with height varying from 10,000-14,000 feet. Closest to the city of Denver, it makes for a perfect one day road trip destination. Trails to hike, lakes to dip your toes and go fishing, and mountains to fulfill your rock climbing fantasy, open grounds to set up your camp and gaze at the stars, and unblemished landscape, you name it and the park has it all.
8. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
The highlight of Mount Rainier National Park is the dormant volcano covered in snow. Standing tall among a forest of evergreen trees the peak of the mountain is mostly covered in clouds, which result in high precipitation resulting in the name “Rainier”. Visible from the city of Seattle on clear cloudless days, this mountain attracts thousands of enthusiasts who claim the summit annually. A true paradise for outdoor lovers, the park has many hiking trails, lakes, camping spots and other touristy attractions.
9. Death Valley National Park, California
The name sure does gives rise to curiosity, doesn’t it? With several vantage points giving unobstructed view of the endless valley filled with sand dunes, and oases filled with hot and cold springs, mines, canyons, salt flats, badlands and roads taking you along a journey through the hottest, lowest and driest place in the US, this is most unique amongst all national parks in the USA. The Death Valley National Park shows the harsh and the rough side of nature that only a few national parks in the world can. Plan a trip around the spring time and you can witness the barren land flooding with colorful flowers.
10. Arches National Park, Utah
Arches National Park is similar to the Grand Canyon National Park – without the crowd, but on par with it in beauty and historical significance. Named after more than 2,000 sandstone arches sculpted by the wind over a period of hundreds and thousands of years that add to the charm of this national park, it is one of the easiest national parks in the USA to explore and wander about. Delicate Arch, Park Avenue, South Window, North Window, Landscape Arch, Double Arch, etc. are some of the noteworthy arches to visit and gaze upon in wonderment on your next US holiday.
Whether you are going backpacking or planning a road trip across the United States of America, you will come across some of these national parks on your journey without having to go out of your way.
Visiting a national park not only allows you to witness nature but also lets you be one with it. It can be a good bonding experience when visiting with friends, family and kids and a great refreshing experience for an instant recharge when going solo. No matter how you go or with whom you go, you will always cherish your visit to the national parks in the USA.
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