Whether it's a wild backcountry experience you seek or you are looking to kickback in a hot spring, America has a national park for everyone!
If you plan to make a visit to America's national parks this summer, here's a list that we believe you should begin with:
Yosemite National Park has everything you can ask for. There are cultural festivities like the Yosemite Music Festival and Sierra Art Trails. There's also El Capitan which is the largest granite slab in the world. There's Half Dome, Glacier Point, Tunnel View, which acts as a vantage point for all the park's highlights, and the tallest waterfall in North America. You can also climb, stargaze, hike, and even swim in the Merced River or rent a raft and float your way down.
Grand Canyon National Park would win the most popular National park contest for the Great Smokey Mountain Loophole. There are a few things you shouldn't do when visiting the Grand Canyon, but there are also many things you should; such as visiting the Rim trail, Bright Angel trail, and the North Kaibab trail to get the most out of the GRAND experience this national park has to offer!
Death Valley national park marks the lowest point in the western hemisphere with a rating of 282 feet below the sea level. The unnatural sailing stones of the valley move on their own, dragging themselves across the desert floor through wind invisible to the eye. While you might not expect it from a place called "Death Valley," this park can foster massive striking explosions of wildflowers in certain spring seasons.
Visiting the third most visited national park in Colorado is an essential experience. You'll need to drive the "highway to the sky," which is the highest continuous road in the country where you can climb over the tree line in your car. The park's western end is lush green, while the eastern side is scrubby, arid, and mountainous. You must visit all the Rocky mountain towns and go camping or looking for pikas, porcupines, and maybe you'll even spot a mountain lion in this extraordinary location!
The Yellowstone National Park remains beautiful in all weather and seasons. This park boasts peerless geological features that you'll find nowhere else. It's also perfectly accessible for all manner of explorers, and many of the most iconic attractions can be seen on a scenic drive throughout.
After visiting these parks, make sure to pin your trips on a National Park Travelers Map so you can readily reminisce your favorite US National Park trips. Looking for something more compact? Order a canvas National Parks Bucket List Tracker here!
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