Best 7 U.S. National Parks
For more than 100 years, the National Park Service has managed millions of acres solely for the “enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations.” This day, 62 national parks in the United States draw more than 3 Hundred million visitors Per year to unique natural wonders and unforgettable terrains. To determine the best U.S. national parks, U.S. News considered both travel experts and recent park visitors’ opinions. Do you have a favorite park? Cast your vote below. (Note: Some of the below destinations may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Check with the CDC and the U.S. Department of State before traveling.
It isn’t just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the High Sierra’s tranquility.
1st protected in 1864 Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1 Thousand And 2 Hundred square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.
On 1, March 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic wonders. All of the hydrothermal activity in the park is part of the Yellowstone Volcano powered by an underlying hot spot
3. Glacier National Park
Come and experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, and the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.
4. Grand Canyon
Located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 2 hundred and 77 miles (446 kilometers) of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. The park is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon, a mile (1.6 kilometers) deep, and up to 18 miles (29 kilometers) wide. Layered bands of colorful rock reveal millions of years of geologic history. Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers visitors from the rim.
5. Zion National Park
There are two shuttle lines. The first is in the park. It requires a ticket that must be purchased in advance only at recreation.gov (additional information here). It runs from the visitor center up the Scenic Drive to destinations like the Zion Lodge and trailheads, including Emerald Pools, Scout’s Lookout, and Temple of Sinawava where hikers depart for the Narrows.
6. Arches National Park
Visit Arches to discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms, and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins, and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets
7. Haleakala National Park
The special place vibrates with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture and protects the bond between the land and its people. The park also cares for endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else. Come visit this special place – renew your spirit amid stark volcanic landscapes and sub-tropical rain forest with an unforgettable hike through the backcountry