Ten Best National Parks in the United States

Ten Best National Parks in the United States

The National Park Service of the United States administrates and tends to almost four hundred separate properties, among them are fifty-eight formally designated “national parks”, each an important and fascinating slice of the American wilderness. It is impossible to point to any as the “best”, but there are many that are remarkably popular with visitors from around the world, and they are:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina is visited for its phenomenal scenery, diversity of plant and wild life and its variety of activities, from driving to hiking and camping.

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon USA

The Grand Canyon in Arizona is easily recognized in photographs and film footage by even young children. The red clay cliffs and deep valleys, and the stunning beauty of the scenery draw millions of visitors every year.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, California

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Yosemite in California sees more than three million guests every year who come to enjoy views of ancient Sequoias, remarkable waterfalls, and the history of Native American peoples who inhabited the area more than eight thousand years earlier.

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

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Olympic national park in Washington may not be as familiar to travelers as the other national parks, but this area is home to some of the most diverse terrain and environments in the country. Beaches and rain forests, mountains and glaciers make this one of the most amazing parks to visit.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone straddles Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and is home to some of the country’s most beloved natural features, including “Old Faithful” and many endangered wild animals.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain in Colorado is split by the “Continental Divide” which creates two distinct environments on either side. Visitors can investigate the arid glacial areas and also tour the lush western region of the park as well.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

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Zion in Utah is home to canyons and is where the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Plateau meet, which makes it one of the most diverse parks in the entire system.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Cuyahoga Valley in Ohio runs between the major metropolitan areas of Cleveland and Akron and plays host to more than three thousand types of plants and wildlife.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

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The Grand Tetons in Wyoming sees millions of visitors each year who come to take in the rugged mountains of the Teton Range and the remarkable glacial lakes in the valleys far below.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

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Acadia in Maine contains scenery, activities and something for everyone. Guests can enjoy tea and popovers, Balsam forests and whale watching in this delightful region.

Date posted: 21st May, 2016

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