HOW DO YOU start planning a trip to the USA? 325 million people live in ‘the land of the free‘, a global epicentre of culture, money, passion and dreams. A country of 9.8 million square kms (or 3.8 million square miles for my American friends), features some of the greatest national parks in the world. The US National Park Service is in charge of managing these 59 protected areas and MAN HAVE THEY DONE A GREAT JOB!
There are 27 states that have national parks and as the climate can be extremely different in all of these locations, you get vast characteristics that showcase how different this land is. Visiting these 59 national parks would take many trips, but if you are new to the US and want to see how spectacular the country is, here are 6 parks to inspire you for your next journey.
Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona and is one of the most visited National Parks in the USA. On a scale like no other, it measures over 270 miles long and around 18 miles wide. Plan your trip here with a canyon hike or even an overnight trip to the bottom.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Sitting in southern Utah, Bryce Canyon is unlike anything you have seen. The amphitheatres along the edge of the canyon showcase the different rock formations that were formed when the limestone is eroded.
Zion National Park
On your way to Bryce Canyon, why not stop over at Zion National Park in Utah. The incredible views are enough to stop here for the day and nothing will prepare you for the size of the mountains that surround you in the park. If you are an outdoor lover and a bit of an adventurer, stay overnight at the Zion Lodge or one of the campgrounds.
Yosemite National Park
El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls, just some of the iconic views within the Yosemite National Park. A visit to California is incomplete without a trip to Yosemite, with year round activities including hiking in the warmer months and ski & snowboarding in the winter. Be a part of the majestic natural beauty that make this the trip of a lifetime.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is the World’s First National Park so that alone is worth putting it on the bucket list. 2 species of bear, 67 types of mammals, 322 species of birds and 16 species of fish, the wildlife here is unlike anything else. The park is also home to over 10,000 thermal features and more than 300 geysers.
Denali National Park
Unspoiled wilderness, rivers, wildlife and more, Denali National Park in Alaska is going to take your breath away. It’s pretty spectacular. You can’t visit this park in a day, making this a destination in itself for a trip to one of the USA’s most beautiful national parks.