Sometimes great adventures are closer than you think. The United States is full of National parks that offer many more adventures than you could handle in a day, allowing you to wander freely through awesome landscapes that you have only seen in pictures.
Why not get out there and take in the splendor first-hand? Here a short list of some of the most amazing parks that you really ought to visit right now.
1. The Great Smoky Mountains
Sitting in the amazing mountain terrain of North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boasts 800 miles of hiking trails.
2. Grand Teton
Standing 7,000 feet above the valley floor of Wyoming, the Grand Teton National Park has one of the most amazing features of geography in all the Rocky Mountains. The park also has crystal blue glaciers as well as pinnacles of granite sitting around its clear lakes.
The Everglades National Park protects some of the most important habitats in the country. It is full of rare and endangered species including the manatee, crocodile, dolphin, and even the Florida panther.
4. Grand Canyon
One of the most well-known natural wonders in the world, the Grand Canyon is a mile deep and 18 miles wide, making it one of the widest canyons in the entire world. The canyon was created from unique erosion that left an array of geologic colors and forms. Hiking is one of the most popular things to do here, but remember to bring a lot of water.
One of the earliest national parks in the U.S., Yosemite is perhaps the ultimate sanctuary of natural beauty. The valley in Yosemite is a mile wide and 7-miles long, attracting millions of visitors a year. Yosemite is best-known for its amazing waterfalls, but you will find a lot more than that in the 1,200 square-mile park.
Situated in the breathtaking plateau country in Utah, Zion Canyon National Park has rock towers and sandstone canyons, making it one of the most unique national parks out there. The Virgin River adds to the other-worldly quality of the park.
7. Rocky Mountain
The Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado has a whopping 150 lakes and 450 miles of streams. Don’t forget about its lush ecosystems, including forests and alpine tundra. There is also a Trail Ridge Road which has more than 12,000 feet in overlooks, giving you the feeling you’re actually standing on top of the world.
What list would be complete without Yellowstone? Yellowstone National Park is the best-known park in the whole system, spanning 2.2 million acres across Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. The wildlife has been one big draw, but don’t miss out on the unforgettable geysers and natural beauty.
9. Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon National Park really takes in the best pieces of Nevada and California. The park was created to protect the giant sequoia trees and has since remained a haven for the amazing trees and the surrounding terrain.
10. Carlsbad Caverns
In the Guadalupe Mountains in New Mexico, the Carlsbad Caverns National Park has an amazing show cave, the Carlsbad Cavern. The cavern is well-known for its chamber which is made up almost entirely of limestone. The chamber is 4,000 feet long, 255 feet high, and 625 feet across. You will never see a cavern like this one anywhere else.
No matter which national park you make your way to see, you are going to be in for a treat. They are the best way to see the country as it was before the touch of man and an incredible way to take in some nature and refresh your mind.
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