The Best National Parks In America
The last week of July marks National Parks Week. To celebrate, here are our top five national parks in America.
The last week of July marks National Parks Week, and this year’s theme is ‘adventure’. You’ll be sure to find plenty of adventure in America’s National Parks. From famous destinations such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, to lesser-known gems like Alaska’s Denali, here are our top five national parks in the USA.Whichever park you decide to explore this year, make sure you take out American travel insurance before you set off on your adventure!
Ralph Waldo Emerson described the mountains of Yosemite as “unmatched on the globe.” It’s awe-inspiring scenery means that you’ll find it difficult to argue with him. This is the crown jewel of America’s national parks, containing a wide range of scenery – from glacial mountains to deep blue lakes and lush forests. The park is also home to Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America. A huge range of hiking routes and campsites are on offer in the park, which would take a lifetime to explore in its entirety.
This national park in Alaska covers over 6 million acres – it is larger than the state of Massachusetts. It is surely one of the greatest stretches of wilderness in America. It’s only accessible by one road of 92 miles, which stretches through the sub-arctic scenery. As you ride through the snow-capped peaks, keep an eye out for the area’s very own ‘big five’: moose, caribou, sheep, wolf and grizzly bear.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
You might think you’re familiar with the Grand Canyon, as it appears so often in photographs and films – but you really have to see it for yourself in order to appreciate its sheer scale. The famous gorge, carved out by the Colorado River, provides a trulystunning vista. You can explore the area on a range of hiking trails, or even on the back of a mule. The Rim Trail is the most popular with tourists, as it is relatively flat.
Rocky Mountain, Colorado
Nestled in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains you’ll find this famous national park. It contains so many peaks it has been dubbed ‘the roof of the world’. Its alpine scenery is surprisingly easy to access, with a range of well-marked trails. You’ll see moose and elk, and hopefully avoid any encounters with the mountain lions and bears that also make this their home. Don’t worry – they are very elusive! There’s something here for everyone – if you don’t feel like a strenuous mountain hike, then you can ramble around one of the parks’ glacial lakes instead. You will see why this is a favourite with families.
For a less sweeping but no less impressive experience, head to Florida’s Everglades. Organised around a wide river surrounded by subtropical swampland and prairies, this is a haven for wildlife. You are certain to spot an alligator on the popular Anhinga Trail, while turtles, herons and manatees are everywhere you look. Take a drive along the park’s central road, stopping off at some of the many hiking trails along the way.
As you can see, there is so much more to America than the big cities of New York, Las Vegas and LA. Get out and see the great outdoors for a trip of a lifetime!