The US has a large selection of national parks to choose from – fifty eight to be exact. They all have their individual allure, but when it comes to the most impressive these five are the ones that really offer the wow factor.
Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park cannot go unmentioned. The canyon certainly isn’t the only thing to do in the region, but it’s certainly the highlight, and there are so many sections of it to explore and ways to explore it. You can hike along the canyon’s Bright Angel trail, kayak through the canyon’s mighty river and take a helicopter ride above it. There’s even the recently built glass walkway across the gorge for those daring enough.
Wyoming’s Yellowstone may well be the most diverse national park in the US sporting canyons, geysers, waterfalls, mountains and lakes. There are all kinds of fun things in Yellowstone worth doing. Those wanting a leisurely trip can take a safari in a jeep and spot bison and antelope. Those wanting a more active holiday can hike to Artist point where rainbows can often turn the waterfall mist multicoloured. And if the impressive natural sights aren’t enough, there’s a ton of history to explore too!
After visiting Yellowstone, it’s worth heading south to Grand Teton, which is also located in Wyoming (this state is greedy when it comes to natural beauty). Ski fanatics should definitely pay a visit to Jackson Hole, which is one of the most revered ski resorts in the world due to it’s variety of pistes and phenomenal scenery. Some of the other top things to do in Grand Teton include hiking around the crystal clear lakes and taking snaps of the 4000 metre high Grand Teton peak.
There’s more to California than city sights – the state also boasts Yosemite National Park where you’ll find all kinds of incredible natural sights. You can climb to the top of Glacier Point and Half Dome and take in the breath-taking views or you can kayak the calm waters of Tenaya Lake. The park also has a number of dramatic waterfalls including Horsetail falls, which takes on a fiery glow in the winter evenings, and the imposing Bridalveil Fall which towers 188 metres above the park.
Great Smoky Mountains
Located on the Tennessee-North Carolina border, this lush and green national park attracts many thousands of tourists each year. The world famous Appalachian Trail cuts through this section of the park from which hikers can take in incredible views from Clingman’s Dome. Chimney Tops trail is another hotspot for hikers with an equally impressive vista waiting at the top. If hiking isn’t your thing, there are still many other activities to consider in this national park including white water rafting and scenic driving. It’s one of the top places in America to spot moose and elk.