Millions of people flock to America’s majestic national parks each year and it’s no surprise why. These natural wonders are equipped with some of the world’s most amazing views, wildlife and astounding geographic formations. In celebration of National Park Week, April 19-27, we’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite national parks.
- Yosemite National Park (California)
Half Dome is one of the most recognized symbols of Yosemite. At nearly 3,000 feet, this landmark is a mountain climbers dream. Yosemite is also home to numerous waterfalls, including the highest waterfall in the US, Yosemite Falls.
- Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
Listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this park is a must see! The canyons breathtaking colors and depths are second to none and the perfect scenery for a white-water rafting adventure.
- Yellow Stone National Park (Wyoming)
Old Faithful Geyser is of course one of this park’s most popular attractions. Located under a super volcano, Yellowstone boasts the world’s largest array of geysers, hot springs, steam vents and mud pots.
- Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)
This national park will take your breath away, literally. Rocky Mountain National Park has over 300 miles of hiking trails and 60 mountains, with a peak elevation of 12,000 feet. This park is not for those that are afraid of heights, but perfect for daring adventure seekers.
- Olympic National Park (Washington)
Olympic National Park has it all. Located along the Pacific Ocean, one can explore spectacular mountain landscapes, meadows of beautiful wildflowers, and vibrant ocean tide pools all in one day. It’s like three parks in one.
- Everglades National Park (Florida)
This swampy 1.5 acre park is best seen by boat ride and houses numerous endangered species including the manatee, American crocodile and Florida panther.
- Sequoia National Park (California)
This park is famous for it’s giant sequoia trees, including one of the largest trees in the world, the General Sherman tree. Sequoia trees are so large that when one fell in 1937, a tunnel was cut through allowing cars to drive through. The “Tunnel Log” still exists today.
- Acadia National Park (Maine)
Acadia is the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. Much of this park's dazzling scenery is the result of glaciers that carved through granite over 11,000 years ago, leaving behind the breathtaking mountains enjoyed today.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)
Get up close and personal with flowing lava at this park. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contains two of the world’s most active and accessible volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. At sunset visitors can head out to the end of the ocean and watch the mesmerizing colors of lava flow into the water.
- Arches National Park (Utah)
Experience the power of wind and water first-hand at this park. Arches reserves more than 2,000 of the world’s natural sandstone arches that have exposed millions of years of geologic history.
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