All over America, beautiful national parks have been preserved for years and enjoyed by droves of people. If you’re looking for a family outing to appreciate the breathtaking wonders of the natural world, these parks are absolutely the way to go. We’ve compiled a list of 5 must-see national parks for your next outing – so get out and explore!
1. Yellowstone National Park
Home to geysers, canyons, and buffalo, Yellowstone National Park is an outdoorsman’s dream destination. Northern Wyoming has a lot to offer to its tourists with multicolored pools, beautiful mountains, and amazing wildlife. Additionally, Yellowstone National Park is the home of Old Faithful, one of the world’s most well-known geysers. Though Yellowstone sees millions of visitors each year, you’re unlikely to be swamped by tourists due to the park’s size. There is so much wildlife to see and so many hot springs to swim in, you may even have to take two or more trips!
2. Yosemite National Park
If you’re an avid hiker, Yosemite National Park should be near the top of your bucket list. Located in California, Yosemite is home to huge Sequoia trees and breathtaking waterfalls. Additionally, it boasts many opportunities for hiking and climbing. With the famous rock formations Half Dome and El Capitan, there’s no shortage of sights to see at Yosemite National Park. In fact, for the best view, be sure to check out the Tunnel View Outlook – from this outlook, you’ll be able to see the full landscape of Yosemite. Though it is often busy, it’s something you shouldn’t pass up.
3. Glacier National Park
Known as “The Crown of the Continent,” Glacier National Park is comprised of remaining bits of Ice Age glaciers. Located on the Canadian-American border, this park is a favorite among hikers and history buffs. The park contains two mountain ranges, multiple waterfalls, and over 700 lakes. The Going-To-The-Sun Road is a 52-mile road throughout the park, and it is a National Historic Landmark; a large number of hotels and lodges in the park are also on the National Register of Historic Places. All-in-all, if you’re looking for a chilly vacation in an absolutely gorgeous location, start planning your trip to Glacier National Park.
4. The Grand Canyon
How could we not mention one of the 7 wonders of the natural world? The Grand Canyon, located in Arizona, is a beautiful expanse of natural chasms and the Colorado River. The South Rim, the most popular site for tourists, is frequently packed, so definitely prepare for crowds if you plan to visit. However, the sights and amenities are so wonderful that the crowds are tolerable. The Canyon has been continually expanding for the past 6 million years, and pictures and videos truly don’t do its beauty justice. Whether you’re looking for tourist activities at the South Rim or hiking at the North Rim, the Grand Canyon is a wonderful place to take in the natural beauty of the world.
5. Arches National Park
Almost otherworldly, Arches National Park contains oddly shaped, natural sandstone arches. The 26-mile park located a few miles northwest of Moab, Utah is comprised of scenic roads and many hiking opportunities among the arches. There are trails for all skill levels; it’s definitely worth a bit of a walk to see the almost extraterrestrial formations. Additionally, at night, the sky above the park is so dark that it provides a view of the Milky Way. For a trip to another galaxy (without having to leave the States), Arches National Park is the right adventure for you.
Here at Horizon Transport, we’re here to support you on your journeys – whether to national parks or other destinations. We wish you safe travels!