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The Best U.S. National Parks

Updated: Jul 20, 2022

Exploring national parks has always been a popular pastime for many, but now more than ever the U.S. national park system is teaming with explorers. If you’re ready to unplug and reconnect to nature, you’ll want to check out some of these amazing U.S. national parks. Let’s take a look!

National Park History

In 1916, the U.S. Congress signed a law to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein for the enjoyment of future generations.” Due to this law, we now have 63 national parks and forests that boast stunning views, unique wildlife and fun camping opportunities. With many options to choose from, picking what national park to explore can be challenging! Today, we are looking at our top ten national parks we think you should explore.

U.S. national park forest
Hiking through a U.S. national park is an experience like no other!

Glacier National Park

Located in the state of Montana close to the Canadian border, Glacier National Park is full of stunning glaciers, valleys, meadows and lakes. While there make sure to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road and take in the view from the Logan Pass. Take some time to go hiking and enjoy camping in pristine nature.

Grand Teton National Park

Head to Wyoming to visit Grand Teton National Park! Located close to Yellowstone National Park, this park boasts snow-peaked mountains and emerald lakes. Go elk spotting while exploring Grand Teton and enjoy visiting all the many stunning lakes the national park has to offer.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is the perfect place to go to for an epic outdoor adventure. Located in Utah, Zion National Park is full of massive sandstone cliffs in all colors. Visit Weeping Rock, the Lower Emerald Pools and the Riverside Walk. For adventurists, give rock climbing a try while in the famous canyon.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park should be high up on your bucket list! As its name suggests, Arches National Park is full of famous arches. Make sure to take some time to explore Delicate Arch, Double Arch, Turret Arch, and Balanced Rock.

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Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
Take some time to hike through Arches National Park!

Yellowstone National Park

With the tv show making this national park more popular than ever, we had to add Yellowstone to our list! While there make sure to check out the famou Old Faithful Geyser and search for the massive bison that roam about.

Wrangell St. Elias National Park

Alaska is full of stunning sites and national parks worth exploring. Wrangell St. Elias National Park is no exception! This national park is full of breathtaking glaciers worth exploring. Bundle up and head out for some hikes you are sure to never forget!

Katmai National Park

After exploring Wrangell St. Elias National Park, check out Katmai National Park! This national park is known for their rugged terrain with volcanoes and adorable (but slightly scary) brown bears. Go bear watching from a safe distance and watch them munch on salmon.

Sunset over the Grand Canyon
Take in the view in the Grand Canyon!

Olympic National Park

Located in Washington, Olympic National Park is the perfect place for mountain hikers. Lace up your sneakers and hit the trails. Sprinkled amongst them you’ll find towering trees and secret waterfalls.

Grand Canyon National Park

Who hasn’t pictured themselves screaming into the void of the Grand Canyon. Take pictures at the famous Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon and go rafting on a guided kayak trip through the national park. Grand Canyon National Park is sure to leave you speechless!

Shenandoah National Park

Last on our list is Shenandoah National Park. Located on the east coast in Virginia, this national park is full of impressive waterfalls, stunning views and wooded areas. While you enjoy camping and hiking in the national park, make sure to keep an eye out for black bears!

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If you’re looking to reconnect with nature and enjoy an epic camping trip, the U.S. national park system has you covered! With 63 parks to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for all your wants and needs. So pack up your tent and hit the road, the parks are waiting.

Which national park do you think should be at the top of everyone's bucket lists? Tell us in the comments!


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