There is an abundance of US National Parks which are perfect for that backpacking holiday in the balmy summer months or a family holiday in the cooler days of autumn. US Parks have so much to offer in terms of activities, outdoor adventures and places to explore. National Parks in the US are so varied and cover such a vast area, it is difficult to pin point which one to go to first. Here are 7 of the Best US National Parks to choose from.
Tucked away in the picturesque easterly quarter of the USA, is the state of Maine, which is also home to one of the most popular US National Parks, Acadia National Park. Holiday makers like to stay in Bar Harbour, which is just in the close vicinity of the park and perfect for day trips into the park where visitors can enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride up Day Mountain.
The Sequoia National Park is home to the famous hiking trail – The Big Trees Trail, which takes hikers right along the mile long path all the way from the Giant Forest Museum. This is one of the most popular American National Parks for weekend hiking trips, especially as the hiking trails are relatively easy and suitable for the entire family. Another popular hiking trail is the Congress Trail which starts at the General Sherman Tree and goes right into the centre of the glorious Giant Forest.
If you are a serious outdoor enthusiast, then the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is the perfect destination. There are loads of hiking paths, multi terrain cycling paths, and lots of camping spots in the wild and untamed scrubland and wilderness. The Cascade Canyon and Grand Teton summits are the favourite mountains for hiking and adventure lovers. Cascade Canyon is also close to Jenny Lake and the campground there, which is perfect if you intend to stay for a few nights.
The unusual ravine formations found in the Zion National Park are like no other found anywhere else in the world, which makes this US Park one of the most fascinating to visit. Touted as one of the Top 10 natural wonders in all of southern Utah, it is an incredible destination for outdoor explorers. Adventure climbing trails here would suit more of an intrepid hiker, as the trails go right up to the very top of the beautiful Angels Landing ravine formation and up to the spectacular Great White Throne.
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the largest ski resort in Washington at Crystal Mountain, Mt. Rainier National Park is the ultimate family friendly playground that is perfect to enjoy all year round. Kids will enjoy the skiing at the resort as well as the stunning outdoor scenes of the national park. One of the most stunning and memorable sites of any of the US national parks is definitely the walking trail to the ‘’Grove of the Patriarchs’’, where there are the giant cedar trees which create a true ‘other world’ scene.
New Mexico is home to the incredible Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which boasts some of the world’s most breath-taking and fascinating scenes. as well as some amazing natural rock formations that are truly some of Mother Nature’s finest gems. As well as camping, swimming, hiking and just being able to enjoy the rejuvenating natural surroundings, the Carlsbad Caverns National Park gives visitors the chance to explore the winding tunnels and passages in the caverns too.
Yellowstone National Park is truly one of America’s most iconic natural landmarks, and one of the most famous US National Parks to visit. Perfect for people to explore and enjoy during every month of the year, Yellowstone has an abundance of spectacular wildlife, sceneries and activities just waiting to be experienced. The geo thermal areas are without a doubt the most exciting attraction in the park and of course, Old Faithful the most famous geyser of them all.
No matter what you are looking for, any one of the beautiful US National Parks will have loads of exciting things to see and do. American National Parks offer families and friends the chance to spend time together in the rejuvenating surroundings of some of Mother Nature’s most untouched regions.
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