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10 of the most spectacular national parks in America

10 of the most spectacular national parks in America

A splendid country to explore, America is home to myriad natural wonders. Here’s a look at ten of its most smashing national parks, all of which offer astounding scenery.

When it comes to breathtaking landscapes, America the beautiful doesn’t fail to deliver: gorgeous mountains, glittering lakes, stupendous rock formations, and other natural wonders. So, it’s not surprising that the national parks showcase an array of habitats and landscapes; each more magnificent than the last.

To help you explore all the wonderful nature that America has to offer, here are ten of the best national parks in America for you to enjoy!

1.Arches National Park

One of Utah’s “Mighty Five”, Arches National Park in Moab is renowned for its sandstone arches. With more than two thousand for your viewing pleasure, exploring the park’s arid and desolate yet breathtakingly striking landscapes on foot or via mountain bike is unforgettable.

2. Bryce Canyon National Park

Over the millennia, the elements and natural erosion have combined to create a multitude of fascinating limestone rock formations at Bryce Canyon National Park, also located in Utah. While many people come to these “hoodoos”, as they are called, the park is also known for its wildlife: mountain lions, black bears, and elk.

3. Everglades National Park

Located on the southern tip of Florida close to Miami, Everglades National Park is a labyrinth of swamps, mangroves and murky waterways best explored by boat. One of the largest national parks in American, the Everglades are home to not only alligators, manatees and thousands of plant species, but to the rare Florida panther as well.

4. Grand Canyon National Park

One of the world’s most astounding natural wonders, the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon is one America’s most popular attractions. While the views from both the south and north rim are astounding, the best way to admire the canyon is via a hike or an exhilarating helicopter ride from which you can look down on the Colorado River flowing through the canyon.

5. Grand Teton National Park

A subrange of the Rocky Mountains, it should come as no surprise that Grand Teton National Park near Jackson Hole, Wyoming is home to mind-boggling mountain vistas. Outdoor enthusiasts will love all that the mountains have to offer from skiing to hiking to rock climbing. In addition, this picture-perfect nook of Wyoming with its shimmering alpine lakes and reflective rivers provide the perfect backdrop for some Instagram-worthy snaps.

6. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the most visited in America, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, is almost entirely coated in thick forest. The undergrowth conceals a host of woodland critters as well as a biodiverse collection of fauna and flora. Hike along the scenic Appalachian Trail, but keep your eyes peeled for black bears–thousands of them live in the mountains.

7. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Big Island feels like an otherworldly experience as the earth trembles below as the steam vents erupt. Five volcanoes make up the island, three of which are active so you may see recent signs of eruptions in the shape of lava flows or scorched earth. One of the best ways to appreciate the park’s diversity is a cruise along Crater Rim Drive which takes you through arid desert and lush rainforest landscapes as well as around a smoking caldera.

8. Yellowstone National Park

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is the world’s first. Renowned for the geothermal activity, keep an eye out for the geysers, hot springs, and steam vents.

9. Yosemite National Park

Home to a network of lakes and rivers, towering granite cliffs, and forests blanketed with giant sequoia trees, Yosemite National Park is an absolute must when in California. With seemingly endless hiking trails that weave through the stunning landscapes, the park is magical. Don’t miss Yosemite Falls, just one of the many highlights.

10. Zion National Park

Another of Utah’s “Mighty Five”, Zion National Park’s ruddy canyons and incredible rock formations are frequented by adventurists who love canyoneering, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Peaks, plateaus, canyons, rivers, and waterfalls characterize the stunningly wild and dramatic desert scenery.

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