If you love seeing the wonders of nature, you definitely have to visit the best national parks in the U.S. that offers natural wonders you’ve never dreamed of or even imagined.
Travel experts and tourists have joined efforts to vote for the best national parks in the U.S., and this is what came up:
#1: Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
Tourists who flock to Yellowstone National Park annually is estimated at four million or more. But with its 2.2 million acres of natural surroundings, there might not be much of a crowd.
If you want to fully explore the park without the crowd, schedule you visit around April or May, or in September or October.
There is much to see and explore. A lot of the park’s vast area is still untouched – mountain ranges and canyons, lakes, hot springs, waterfalls and geysers. Be sure to pass by the Old Faithful geyser, and be awed by its eruptions that happen every one and a half hours at a height of 130 feet or higher. Walk among the elks and buffalos that inhabit the area, or watch grizzlies from afar.
#2: Yosemite National Park (California)
Yosemite never runs out of tourists all year long. If you want more peace and quiet to take in the beauty of this vast park, schedule you trip early.
Most tourists can be found hiking the vast granite peaks – Half Dome and El Capitan. The peaks are for the adventurous and strong because of the difficult terrain encountered on the way to the top.
You can also go on guided tours to see towering thousand old Sequoia trees, gushing waterfalls, and huge rock formations.
#3: Glacier National Park (Montana)
This park expands to three mountain ranges full of hiking trails. The most popular of which are the Trail of the Cedars and Iceberg Lake Trail.
It is surrounded by mountains and numerous lakes estimated at 700.
It is also home to a UNESCO world heritage site – the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
#4: Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
No photo could ever give justice to the amazing beauty and wonder of the Grand Canyon. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site that is frequented by approximately six million visitors a year.
Rafters would be thrilled to experience the adventure at Colorado River. Visitors should not miss the beauty of Havasu Falls, touted as one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Campers and hikers will surely enjoy the rugged terrain and unexploited North Rim which is home to its highest peak, the North Imperial. It also has Roaring Springs which is the only body of water in the area.
#5: Zion National Park (Utah)
This 146-acre national park is characterized by bright apricot-colored cliffs, and has seen an increased influx of tourists estimated at 4.3 million in 2016.
Hikers particularly love Angel Landing and the 10-mile long trail of The Narrows that passes through the Virgin River.
For those who just want to be awed by Zion’s famous landmarks, they can drive through the 57-mile long Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.