These are the amazing national parks of America. I wish I could visit all of them.
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
The Jackson Hole Valley is the ideal place to see the impressive Teton Mountain Range. The park is also right down the road from Yellowstone National Park.
Olympic National Park in Washington
From the Pacific coastline to the glaciers in the Olympic Mountains to the temperate rainforests, this park has the right landscape for everyone.
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
Despite the name, Bryce Canyon is not actually a canyon, but a collection of amphitheaters with the distinctive rock pillars called hoodoos.
Sequoia National Park in California
This park is obviously known for having some of the tallest trees in the world, but it also contains Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States.
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (extending into Montana and Idaho)
Yellowstone National Park is the oldest in the country and is best known for its many hot springs, such as Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, but it also has the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska
Joshua Tree National Park in California
The park is named for the Joshua trees that are only found in and around the Mojave Desert. Besides the two desert, the park also has many rock outcrops that are popular with climbers.
Crater Lake National Park in Oregon
The park encompasses the lake, which gives it its name and the surrounding area. The lake is in the crater of an ancient volcano and is one of the deepest lakes in the world.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico
The longest of the 117 caves in the park is over 120 miles long. An estimated 800,000 bats from 17 different species inhabit the caves and their daily outflight is a sight to see.
Yosemite National Park in California
El Capitan and Half Dome are two granite masterpieces you need to see at Yosemite, but the park also has one of the highest waterfalls in the world.
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado
The scenery of the Rocky Mountains and the beautiful lakes is what makes this park a hiker’s paradise. The mighty Colorado River starts in this park and will eventually go through the Grand Canyon.
Arches National Park in Utah
This park got its name from the over 2000 natural sandstone arches it contains. Be careful when visiting them, 43 of them have collapsed due to erosion since 1970.
Glacier National Park in Montana
Glacier National Park may have to consider changing its name soon. Of the 150 glaciers that used to be active in the mid-19th century, only 25 are still around and they may all be gone by 2020.
Congaree National Park in South Carolina
This park is the largest old-growth hardwood forest in the US and sits on a floodplain. Check how high the water level is before visiting.
Badlands National Park in South Dakota
The sedimentary rock layers and massive prairie are just incredible to look at. The rocks are also a huge draw for fossil hunters.
Zion National Park in Utah
The narrow canyons and other geologic wonders of this park are the main attraction, which makes hiking and rock climbing the best activities here.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii (obviously)
This is the park to go to if you want to see some lava flowing. Two of the most active volcanoes in the world are located in the park.
Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska
If you would rather see ice from a glacier instead of lava from a volcano, the large Harding Icefield in this park home to 38 breathtaking glaciers you can see for what is likely a limited future.
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
The Grand Canyon is considered one of the natural wonders of the world. At just over 275 miles long, up to 1 mile deep, and up to 15 miles wide, it certainly is grand.
Acadia National Park in Maine
This park is made up of several islands off the coast of Maine that were all donated by private citizens. John Rockefeller donated much of the land, and he designed and financed the 50 miles of paths and 16 stone bridges still in use today.
Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado
Colorado is well known for its tall mountains and skiing, but this park also has the largest sand dunes in North America at over 750 feet tall.
Denali National Park in Alaska
Mount McKinley’s native name is Denali, and it is the tallest mountain peak in North America. About 16% of the 6-million-acre park is covered by glaciers, and air taxis will land on the glaciers if you want an up-close view.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina
This is the most visited national park with more than twice as many visitors each year as the Grand Canyon. Hiking and fishing are the main activities people flock for.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas
This park contains the highest point in Texas and another rock formation named El Capitan (not to be confused with the one in Yosemite).
Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida
Composed of the seven westernmost islands of the Florida Keys, this place is made for scuba lovers. The park is 99% water and only accessible by boat or sea-place. It also features Fort Jefferson, the large hexagonal outpost pictured above.