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10 Amazingly Beautiful National Parks in The U.S

America is a huge country which offers many amazingly beautiful attractions. It serves millions of international and domestic tourists every year and there are as many as 59 national parks in the US.

The natural beauty that they offer is something as good as heaven on earth and should be visited at least once in your lifetime. If you happen to plan your vacation there, do make sure to visit at least one of the national parks that we have mentioned below.

1) Yosemite National Park, California, U.S.

This beautiful national park is tucked in the mountains of California and offers great views of towering waterfalls and granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. Hiking, climbing, camping or simply experiencing the amazing landscapes, there’s lots you can do here.

Best time to visit

Late May to early June is the best time see the waterfalls

June – September best time to hike on the Half Dome

Major towns nearby

San Francisco, Fresno and Sacramento

2) Acadia National Park, Maine

This park comprises of exquisite beauty in the form of granite peaks, forests. Most of the park is on the Mount Desert Island. It offers Rocky shores, beaches, Thunder hole, the lakes, the beautiful coastline and so many attractions in the park that will leave you awestruck. If you are an adventure lover, hike the granite peaks or go biking on the historic carriage roads.

Best time to visit

July and August are the peak months of tourist arrivals

September to mid-October is also a peak time of footfalls in the park.

Major towns nearby

Bar harbor 

3) Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho

The best thing about this park is that visitors can view the whole park from the comfort of their vehicles. One can view all the major attractions of the park on the grand loop road. It is world’s first national park and is home to a diverse wildlife. It has more than 300 geysers and one of world’s largest calderas.

Best time to visit

Summer is the peak season of tourist arrivals.

Spring offers abundant wildlife, gushing waterfalls and inclement weather.

Major towns nearby

Cooke city, Jackson hole, Gardiner, Cody

4) Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The south rim offers breathtaking views and beautiful sunset landscapes. The mule ride and the helicopter tour are just not to miss activities in the national park. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Grand Canyon’s gorge of the Colarado river makes for an amazing view.

Best time to visit

March to May and September to November.

South rim is open all year round but north rim is closed from late October to mid-may due to heavy snow.

Major towns nearby

Flagstaff, Arizona

5) Olympic National Park, Washington

The 1441 sq miles of the national park boasts of a wide variety of ecosystems. Sub alpine and temperate forests, wildflower meadows and the sandy and rugged pacific shore. Marine fossils that can be seen on the summits of mountains are a shining example of the fact that these mountains developed under the ocean. Mt. Olympus in the national park is a very popular peak among climbers.

Best time to visit

Summer and spring are the popular times to visit the park

Major towns nearby

Port Angeles

6) Glacier National Park, Montana

Amazing mountain peaks, striking waterfalls, lush meadows, crystal clear rivers and a glacier carved beautiful landscape is how this park can be described. The national park is open throughout the year but summer is the busiest season in the park. Grizzly bears and mountain goats are some of the large mammals that you may get to see here.

Best time to visit

Fall is the best time ( September and October)

Major towns nearby

Kalispell, Whitefish, Bigfork

7) Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina/Tennessee

It lies on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee and includes some of the oldest mountains of the world. Witness a sprawling landscape of gargantuan waterfalls, lush green forests and meadows strewn with wildflowers. Hiking and fishing especially fly fishing are major activities in the park. The park is home to a thriving and diverse flora and fauna. This park has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best time to visit

June, July and October to witness the fall  colors

Major towns nearby

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Townsend, Cosby, Sevierville

8) Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

The national park is bursting with rich and rare wildlife, beautiful lakes, the Teton mountain range and a serene environment. It is very close to Yellowstone National Park. Experience the beautiful landscape of alpine meadows with wildflowers along blue and white glaciers. The snake river wetlands are home to elks, deer, beavers, trumpeter swans, moose, sandhill cranes, Canada geese and a variety of ducks.

Best time to visit

July and August

Major towns nearby

Driggs (Idaho), Jackson ( Wyoming)

9) Arches National Park, Utah

Experience breathtaking views where ever you look around in this amazing national park. The arches here are just fabulous and awe-inspiring. There are many trails that wind the 300 ft high towers. Do visit the delicate arch, the sand dune cave, the fiery furnace and the double arch. It is one of mother nature’s extraordinary creations and this is what makes it one America’s best national parks.

Best time to visit

April through May and mid-September and end of October

Major towns nearby

Moab

10) Zion National Park , Utah

The canyons and mesas in the Zion National Park boast of amazing beauty and is a great place to go hiking. It is the oldest and the most visited national park in Utah. It is very close to St. George, Utah. It includes the world’s largest arch, the Kolob arch. The park makes for an amazing cliff and canyon landscape and makes for a must visit place when in Utah.

Best time to visit

April through October

Major towns nearby

Moab

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