10 Most Beautiful National Parks In The US
The United States is spoiled with countless landscapes that would move even the most hardened person. Here’s a glimpse at the 10 most beautiful national parks in the US.
1. Grand Canyon, Nevada
The Grand Canyon has the world’s largest canyons. Up to a mile deep and 18 miles wide at its greatest point, the Grand Canyon is as overwhelming as it is beautiful. Carved out by the mighty Colorado River deep inside the canyon, there’s nothing like it on earth. A rainbow of colors caused by pink and white granite is the cherry on top of this picturesque national park. Tourists can also enjoy sight-seeing, camping, hiking, and even donkey rides down the canyon.
2. Yosemite, California
Some five million people visit Yosemite each year, spending most of their time in Yosemite Valley. Spanning a mile-wide and 7 miles long, the valley was cut out by a river and later expanded by a glacier. The park also has giant sequoia trees, granite cliffs, and a famous waterfall—Bridalveil Fall.
3. Zion National Park, Utah
Zion National Park is well known for the Zion Canyon which has been carved out by the Virgin River. Speckled with everything from sandstone canyons, to dramatic cliffs, rock towers and so much more, the park welcomes over 4 million visitors each year.
4. Denali, Alaska
Alaska is the last great frontier in America, and Denali National Park doesn’t disappoint. It offers up snow-capped mountain peaks and the towering 20,320-ft Denali (previously known as Mount McKinley) which is America’s tallest mountain. Lucky visitors also can spot grizzly bears, moose, caribou and even wolves during their visit.
5. Yellowstone, Wyoming
Yellowstone covers some 2.2 million acres and stretches across three states. Visitors can look for explosive geysers, deep green forests, dangerous cliffs and tons of wildlife like bison, moose, wolves, bears, and sheep during their trip.
6. Arches, Utah
Utah’s sandstone arches are famous, and there’s no shortage of them—the park is home to over 2,000! Sightseeing the arches is fun, but there’s also balanced rocks, towers, high-desert gardens, great hiking and tons of rock climbing opportunities throughout the park.
7. Death Valley, California
Death Valley covers both California and Nevada and has a stunning diversity of landscapes. It offers up everything from sand dunes to massive mountains and salt pans. Known for its extreme temperatures, Death Valley does have plenty of hiking trails but come prepared if you dare risk it.
8. Glacier National Park, Montana
Hikers adore Glacier National Park in Montana. It’s home to a plethora of trails where you can enjoy diverse wildlife like grizzly and black bears, moose, and countless bird species. Scenic views from the mountain peaks offer picture-perfect views of the valleys below while you’re surrounded by rock that’s billions of years old.
9. Olympic National Park, Washington
Olympic National Park in Washington State has three ecosystems including temperate rain forest, Pacific shoreline, and subalpine forest. Each is home to its own wildlife. Enjoy ocean views or lush rain-forest like surroundings at Olympic.
10. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
South Dakota’s Badlands National Park has a dramatic diversity of landscapes. From layered rock formations to deep canyons, it’s incomparable. Countless trails provide hikers a good jumping off point, and visitors might run into the animals that call the park home like prairie dogs, bison and bighorn sheep. Tourists love the Badlands Wall for its stunning views as well.