Top 10 Staggering National Parks in the USA

Top 10 Staggering National Parks in the USA
Sprawling across the continent, the US has many unspoiled corners. The glorious nature has been an inspiration for humans for thousands of years. Today it attracts travelers, who can explore, discover and admire the wonderful mountains, forests and canyons. Check out these ten great spots and plan your trip.

10. West Potomac Park

In 1912 the people of Tokyo have given the city 3000 sakuras. Ever since in April cherry blossom trees attract thousands. Moreover various cultural events, programs and exhibitions take place, inviting to engage in this friendship of the two nations. This year Japanese artists, performers and musicians will present their art and entertain the public.

Why to go there?

It is one of the best times to visit the capital and experience its vibrant culture and lifestyle. In addition, the blossoming trees will definitely create even more excitement and provide picturesque sites.

West-Photo by Stephen Wilkes

West-Photo by Jay Moore

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9. Sequoia National Park

Once home for Monachee Native Americans, today the national park is famous for the giant sequoia trees and the General Sherman tree among them. The latter is the largest living tree in the world and a pride of the park. The park is neighboring Kings Canyon National Park. Today the site attracts many visitors due to its unspoiled nature and these glorious sequoia trees.

Why to go there?

In winter it is covered in snow, which creates beautiful white landscapes. Besides the General Sherman, the Tunnel Tree is another famous attraction – a tunnel was cut in a tree, which fell in 1937.

Sequoia-Photo by Allard Schager

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Sequoia-Photo by Frank McKenna

8. Garden of the Gods

A National Natural Landmark is also a popular park, which is a fine example of geological history. The iconic red rocks, so characteristic to the region, create unbelievable shapes and formations. Famous rocks like Siamese Twins, Window Rock or Balanced Rock are mesmerizing proofs that nature is the greatest architect.

Why to go there?

The place attracts over 2 million visitors each year, making it the most popular park in Colorado Springs. The site provides outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Garden of the Gods rock formations, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden-Photo by John Hoffman

Garden-Photo by John Hoffman2

7. Olympic National Park

Found on the Olympic Peninsula, the national park was created by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1909. Due to the unspoiled and diverse nature the park was declared a World Heritage Site. Indeed it features three distinct reserves: a subalpine as well as temperate forests and the rugged Pacific shore. Visitors have a vast land of wilderness to explore. There are various trails, that allow to explore the park and admire amazing views.

Why to go there?

From impressive coast and beaches to colorful alpine meadows and rainforests, from fishing to climbing – tourists can enjoy a diverse nature all the way. Moreover, the park even offers a vehicle access to the mountains, where great panoramic views to the park and glaciers open!

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Olympic-Photo-by-Justin Jung

Olympic-Photo by Anna Gorin

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6. Denali National Park and Preserve

The park in Alaska boasts staggering nature and Denali – the tallest mountain in North America (20,310 ft; 6190 m). The reserve features a very diverse nature, characteristic to a few climate zones: taiga, tundra as well as glaciers create a truly unique landscape here.

Why to go there?

With over 400 000 visitors a year, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Alaska. Winter activities include dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowmachining. In summer travelers go hiking, camping and rock climbing.

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5. Grand Teton National Park

Part of the Rocky Mountains, the Teton mountain range, bordering with the state of Idaho, provides some spectacular views indeed. It features numerous tall peaks, of which the tallest one, at 4 200 m (13 770 ft) high, is Grand Teton. Melting ice from these summits fills crystal clear alpine lakes, that complement a gorgeous landscape.

Why to go there?

The snowy and slightly bluish range is surrounded with lush greenery and meadows, that get covered in colorful wildflowers in spring and summer. The park also provides numerous activities: from hiking, climbing, horseback riding to boating, fishing, camping and even more.

Teton-Photo by Robert Buman

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4. Yellowstone Park

The park is famous for the hot springs. The boiling hot and acid water is really dangerous, however it creates amazing colorful ponds. At 113 m (370 ft) width the Grand Prismatic Spring is the biggest one in the country.

Why to go there?

Witness the dramatic spectacle of the steam, coming from the Earth!

Yellowstone-Photo by Stephen Wilkes

Yellowstone

Yellowstone-Photo by Michael Melford

3. Yosemite National Park

One of the most exciting parks in the USA, Yosemite boasts a variety of natural wonders, sacred sites and mythical views. Climbers, hikers and campers come to climb the Half Dome, see the fiery Horsetail Fall, admire panoramic views from Glacier Point or even base jump from various peaks.

Why to go there?

Explore amazing unspoiled nature in this vast magical park.

Yosemite-Photo by Stephen Wilkes

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2. Grand Canyon National Park

Carved by the Colorado river, the canyon at 277 miles (446 km) long is the biggest one on Earth. Two billion years of our planet’s geological history are evident here. Native Americans have been living here for centuries, inhabiting the caves and gorges. The natural wonder attracts 5 millions tourists annually, who come to admire the canyon as well as do some fun outdoor activities.

Why to go there?

Besides viewing the monumental structure and admiring the views, go rafting, camping, hiking, climbing or book a tour and approach the canyon from a helicopter or an airplane.

Grand-Photo by Stephen Wilkes

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1. Zion National Park

Found in Utah the park provides various fun activities as well as incredible sites. Among many Kanarra Creek, Subway, Angels Landing and Zion Canyon are the most popular spots. Also horseback riding, canyoneering, climbing and hiking attract adventurous visitors.

Why to go there?

The striking natural wonder is one of the most beautiful parks in the US.

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Zion-Photo by Joe Braun

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