Have you been to a national park yet? The U.S. has 60 protected areas known as national parks. National parks are selected for their natural beauty, unique geological features and recreational activities. Visiting a national park is a perfect day or weekend trip. Pack a picnic lunch, go for a hike or just sit and enjoy the gorgeous scenery. There are so many amazing national parks but here are 10 that you need to visit!
10 National Parks You Should Visit
1. Yosemite National Park — California
This is considered the park that has everything. Hiking, waterfalls, scenic drives. It is gorgeous! Visit in the spring if you can when the waterfalls are full.
2. Grand Canyon National Park — Arizona
If you can only visit one national park while you are in the U.S. this might be the one to visit. There are so many amazing views along the 13-mile Rim Trail, including a glass skywalk where you can walk 70 feet over the canyon.
3. Yellowstone National Park — Wyoming
Yellowstone is best known for its geysers. Old Faithful is the most famous and it puts on a great show about every 90 minutes or so.
4. Olympic National Park — Washington
Love the ocean? Olympic National Park has 60 miles of open coastline. This place is beautiful any time of day but especially at sunset!
5. Zion National Park — Utah
Have you seen red rocks before? How about red rocks that are 2,000 feet high? You can hike, bike or take a shuttle through the park to view these amazing rocks.
6. Carlsbad Caverns National Park — New Mexico
The Carlsbad Caverns in southern New Mexico are both cool and a little creepy. There are 83 caves in all. You can choose which ones to visit but the most popular cave is Big Room which is 14 football fields in length!
7. Crater Lake National Park — Oregon
There is only one national park in Oregon and it is stunning. You will never forget the blue water in Crater Lake. The park has scenic trails and beautiful views.
8. Congaree National Park — South Carolina
Spend the day in the forest. Congaree National Park has some of the oldest and tallest trees around. Here you can find bald cypresses trees, water tupelos, and loblolly pines.
9. Cuyahoga Valley National Park — Ohio
Do you love birds? Just 30 minutes south of Cleveland you will find over 250 species of birds. Don’t forget your binoculars when you visit this national park!
10. Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve — Alaska
Alaska is known for its beautiful glaciers. See this national park by boat. Get up close and personal with its protected coves, glaciers, waterfalls, fjords, and mountains.