The United States has 63 national parks that attract millions of visitors every year. Whether you’re planning on doing a cross-country road trip or flying to a specific destination, you won’t regret adding one of the below national parks to your travel bucket list!
- Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho
This 2.2 million-acre park spans across three states: Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Here you’ll see mountains, hot springs and erupting geysers (Old Faithful is a must see!), lakes, and an abundance of wildlife such as bears, bison, antelope, and elk.
- Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park is home to countless beautiful waterfalls, meadows, lakes and rivers, and rock formations. Half Dome, Glacier Point, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan are the most famous mountains in the park. You’ll also find the Mariposa Grove filled with ancient giant sequoias, which grow over 400 ft. high and live for over 2,000 years.
- Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Grand Canyon National Park is home to the world-renowned Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon was formed over millions of years ago and was carved out by the Colorado River. Visitors can spend their days on rim-to-rim hikes rim, whitewater raft, and take donkey rides. The South Rim is the most visited area of the park and offers breathtaking views.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the nation’s busiest park, with over an estimated 9 million visitors per year. It’s well known for its diverse plant and animal life. What makes these mountains so special is that the millions of trees, bushes, and plants naturally produce a VOC vapor that creates an overhead fog and gives the mountains that “smoky” look.
- Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park is Alaska’s most famous land attraction. It spans over 6 million acres and is home to the Denali, which is the highest mountain peak in North America. Visitors often flock here in hopes of seeing the “big five” mammals: moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, and grizzly bears.