When you think about the US, do you think of huge cities, long endless roads and fastfood? Think twice! America has incredible nature that you really should try to visit when traveling to America. There are more than 50 national parks in the USA and they are spread all over the country. That is a good thing, because this makes the parks very diverse! Do you really want to visit the most beautiful national parks? Check this list with the most national beautiful parks in the USA!
Yellowstone National Park
Regarded by experts as the most beautiful park in the US: Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (and Montana and Idaho). This national park is the oldest national park in the world and has existed since 1872. With almost 9,000 square kilometers, Yellowstone is one of the largest parks in the United States. Millions of people visit the park annually to see volcanic activity, hot springs and geysers. The lakes and rivers are also beautiful, and ideal for fishing.
Yosemite National Park
Often visited by travelers who make a road trip along the west coast as it is located near San Francisco, and is therefore ideal for your California road trip. Founded in 1890, and thus, just like Yellowstone, one of the oldest parks in the US and the world. Yosemite is known for its granite rock walls, once created by glaciers. Half dome is the most famous rock in the park, and Yosemite Valley is the most visited valley. Be careful for bears here!
Bryce Canyon National Park
This national park in Utah is all rock. Boring? Anything but! They are not just rocks, but the most extraordinary rock formations you will ever see. The mysterious pink-orange rocks were declared as Bryce Canyon National Park in 1924. Funnily enough, Bryce Canyon is not really a canyon, but a collection of natural amphitheaters.
The Grand Canyon is also called one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The canyon is not only big, but also incredibly deep. The total length is 446 kilometers, the width varies from 6 to 29 kilometers, and at some points is 1.8 kilometers deep. The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona, and is easy to visit from Las Vegas. The best way to explore is by hiking in the canyon or making a rafting trip.
Death Valley is known by tourists and locals, even though the Americans don’t understand why foreigners visit it. Death Valley National Park in California is a desert area with several salt plains, rocks and sand. The temperature can rise to 50 degrees Celsius in the summer: terrifyingly hot! Yet the park annually attracts one million visitors, who come (with extra water and petrol) to watch the hottest and driest park in the United States.
Glacier National Park
In Glacier national park you will see many glaciers. This park is located in the state of Montana, close to the Canadian border, and is part of the Rocky Mountains. Residents of the park have been the grizzly bear and the Canadian lynx for centuries. The puma and the wolf live in the Glacier National Park, so beware if you make one of the beautiful walks in the park. The park has six peaks of 3,000 meters or higher, of which Mount Cleveland is the highest at 3,190 meters.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is reminiscent of Jurassic Park, with its rugged rocks, lots of greenery and diverse animal species. Zion was the first national park in Utah (founded in 1919, but previously declared a monument). More than three million visitors come every year. This makes Zion the most popular park in the state. Hiking and rock climbing are the most popular activities to do.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park is located in the state of Utah and is known for the impressive rock formations. The park is relatively small with 300 square kilometers, but in terms of beauty it certainly does not make up for the other Utah parks. How about the Balanced Rock or the Double Arch?
Everglades National Park
In the Sunshine State you will find Everglades National Park. The pride of Florida is especially popular with people who want to spot an alligator in the wild. The Everglades are plagued by forest fires, heavy rainfall, droughts and floods. In 2010, the park was declared a world heritage site. Because of the mangroves and marshes the best means of transportation in the Everglades is an airboat.