Every once in a while you need to escape the hustle and bustle of your daily routine and get closer to nature. Natural wonders, with their grandiose stature and splendor, have the ability to recharge your batteries. Some of the greatest and best-kept natural parks are in the US and crossing borders to visit them is totally worth the time and effort. These wonders of nature attract millions of people each year. They are protected but accessible with just enough infrastructure to make them enjoyable vacation spots.
Grand Canyon National Park
One the most awe-inspiring places, not only in the US, but in the world is the Grand Canyon National Park. One of the largest canyons in the world with a depth of 1 mile and a width of 18 miles at places, the canyon is a masterpiece millions of years in the making. Not even from the best vantage points can you truly grasp its enormity. The Grand Canyon has many view points including the Mother Point, Yavapai Observation Station, and Lipan Point, which is especially good at sunrise and sunset. Coming here is a recharging trip that connects you with the past and prepares you for the future.
Rocky Mountain National Park
You come to the Rocky Mountain Park for the sweeping views, alpine lakes, deep forests, and mountain tundras. The park has numerous hiking trails and the famous scenic Trail Ridge Road which will make you stop several times to take in the views. The park is home to several ecosystems and a wide range of wildlife. There are 5 visitor centers with the headquarters at Beaver Meadows designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. You can spend days here, hiking and reconnecting with nature, so be sure to bring your camera and a travel WiFi device so you can update your online circle on your adventures.
Yosemite National Park
Most of the millions of visitors to the Yosemite Park spend their time in the Yosemite Valley. The other 95% of the park is dedicated to wilderness. Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, giant sequoia groves, glaciers, lakes and biological diversity. The park has a lot of history from the tribes that inhabited it and traded in the area to missionaries. It paved the way to protecting nature as one the first national parks. Here you will find some of the most unforgettable wonders of nature.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is the first national park in the US, established in 1872, and is the first official national park in the world. The park is known for its wildlife, lakes, waterfalls and geothermal features. It is the home of Old Faithful Geyser. Yellowstone Lake is found in the center of the Yellowstone Caldera. The caldera is considered to be an active volcano, for it has erupted several times in the last two million years. It is home to free-ranging herds of bison and elk. The park is a snapshot of undisturbed nature hardly seen elsewhere.
Zion National Park
The most famous feature of the Zion National Park is the Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long, and up to a half mile deep which cuts through red and tan colored sandstone. The park has unusual plant and animal diversity, with four distinct life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Zion is the home of the Subway, a colloquial name for a unique slot canyon between the North and South Guardian Angels peaks. It hosts some serious hiking trails and unique features that you can only find here.
We hope you've enjoyed this quick guide to national parks of the US.