31 August 2018
America has so much to offer when it comes to natural wonders. To preserve the natural beauty which scatters the US, the National Park system was set up to cherish the land for years to come. For walking, biking, camping and more, the activities on offer are endless and beautiful scenery, unique wildlife and quirky towns make the National Parks the perfect place to explore on your North American adventure. Here are our top 5 National Parks for you to discover…
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
The first area to be officially ‘protected’ in 1872, Yellowstone covers almost 3,500 squares miles of Wyoming’s countryside. The landscape is volcanic so there are hot pools, fumaroles and of course, geysers. For geology buffs the rocky history is fascinating, with the Canyon making for a beautiful sight for everyone to see. The park is home to the highest concentration of mammals in the US, including moose, elk, deer and even wolves and bears! The park has 12 campsites and 9 lodges so you can immerse yourself in the park all day (and night) long!
Kenai Fjords, Alaska
For an ice-cool adventure, the rugged landscape of Alaska is calling. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, where you can hike the 8-mile Icefield Trail, or for something less strenuous, why not kayak around the fjords? Boat tours offer a serene way to enjoy the landscape whilst ranger-led walks suitable for all ages and abilities will help you uncover some of the secrets of the Park. As for wildlife, humpback whales, orcas, seals and sea lions inhabit the icy waters whilst bald eagles and puffins make for amazing bird-spotting opportunities
Glacier National Park, Montana
Spanning the border between the US and Canada, the deceptively named Glacier National Park is every changing throughout the seasons, making it a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. Alpine lakes, 762 of them, and plunging waterfalls make this park refreshing in winter whilst blooming wildflowers brighten the landscape in spring. The impressive 52-mile Going-to-the-Sun road is a must; you’ll be teetering on the edge of valleys and canyons with rocky mountains rising above you. Leave the driving to someone else and hop on a Red Bus tour so you can enjoy the views without having to focus on the road!
Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
It’s not just the wonders above land which deserve recognition. The 140-mile long maze of tunnels which hide beneath the ground make for an amazing experience at Wind Cave National Park. The caves boast many other-worldly fascinations, from dogtooth crystals hiding in between rock to stalactites dripping from the roof, but it is the unusual boxwork formations which make Wind Cave famous, they’re some of the rarest type of formation and plentiful at Wind Cave.
Yosemite National Park, California
The giant sequoia trees, vast meadows and expansive water-filled valleys make Yosemite National Park a grand place to visit, in more ways than one. Pass through on to a Californian road trip or make Yosemite the destination with it’s 13 camp sites, selection of lodges or a stay at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Yosemite falls is North America’s highest waterfall whilst El Capitan is an imposing granite rock formation, rising 2,300m vertically into the sky. For hiking, rafting, fishing, climbing and camping, Yosemite is the place to experience nature at its finest.
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