|The United States of America - The Top Ten National Parks In America
|Top Ten National Parks in The USA.
If you love the great outdoors, you'll adore America's National Parks.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Top of our top 10 national parks, Great Smoky Mountain National Park
straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The park
has easy access via U.S. Highway 441, and has useful visitor centers at
Gatlinburg and Cherokee. The scenery in the park is breathtaking and
varied - lots of streams, several high mountains, vast tracts of ancient
forest, and more than 850 miles of hiking-trails. The Great Smoky
Mountains National Park receives twice as many visitors as the Grand
Canyon - but don't panic - there's plenty of space for eveyone!
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park lies in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of
California. One of America's most scenic areas, especially the Yosemite
Valley, attracts millions of visitors every year, and is a great place to get
your first taste of hiking in a national park, with lots of well tended hiking
trails and hiking loops to choose from. Many areas of the park can be
reached by car, and there is a free shuttle bus service in the valley.
Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is one of the seven wonders of the world, and is a
must visit if you are in Arizona or if you are visiting Las Vegas, Nevada.
You can enjoy Grand Canyon in several ways, by road along the South
Rim (Arizona State Route 64), by hiking along the hundreds of miles of
excellent trails, by river - rafting trips abound, on horseback, and from
the air. The North Rim (State Route 67) is more remote, and less
crowded, but it offers some of the best views. The Grand Canyon
Village is located on U.S. Route 180, and it has everything you'll need.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, but some parts
of extend into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone boasts 60% of the
world’s geysers, the most famous being Old Faithful. The Grand
Canyon of the Yellowstone River, is a vast petrified forest, with
numerous waterfalls. The park is also home to a huge variety of
wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. With over
1100 miles of hiking trails, horseback trails, roads, and camping
grounds, Yellowstone National Park is a fabulous place to visit.
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park in Washington State, is often referred to as
three parks in one. It has a fabulous wilderness coastline along
the Pacific Ocean, high mountains topped with huge glaciers, and
deep valleys where you'll find temperate rain-forest, and ancient
woodlands. There are no roads across this park, but there are
some fine hiking trails, and if you want to escape the masses, and
you don't mind a few days hiking and camping, this is the place!
We love Olympic National Park!
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park offers over 400 square miles of
breathtaking mountain and lake scenery in north-central
Colorado, between the towns of Estes Park and Grand Lake.
The park is crossed by some amazing scenic roads, including,
Trail Ridge Road, Fall River Road and Bear Lake Road. There
are also 350 miles of hiking trails, and dozens of camping sites
for backpackers. This is an all year park, in winter it is popular
with cross-country skiers, and in some areas, downhill skiers.
A stunning place to visit at any time of the year. A must visit.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is located near the town of Springdale in Utah.
Famous for the spectacular color of its mountain scenery, and
for the stunning Zion Canyon near the park entrance. Zion Park
offers a wealth of hiking trails, including some short and not too
difficult trails to get you started. There are tougher trails too,
plus there are campgrounds and the Zion Lodge, a good place
to stay, mid-way along the canyon. Springdale is a nice town,
with places to lodge, eat and shop for essentials. Springdale
also provides a free bus to several areas in the Zion Park.
Acadia National Park - Maine
Located on the utterly spectacular Atlantic coast of Maine,
Acadia National Park is a joy! Here you'll find rugged coastal
scenery, dense woodlands, mountains, and lakes. The park is
also famous for its carriage trails, for Mt Desert Island, and for
Cadillac Mountain (the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast).
Acadia National park is great for hiking, horseback riding, plus
kayaking, and a whole variety of fishing options.
Grand Teton National Park
Stunning beyond belief, the scenery in Grand Teton National
Park in northern Wyoming is guaranteed to leave you breathless.
This Park is popular for mountaineering, hiking, and world
famous trout fishing. There are several camping grounds and
over 200 miles of hiking trails. Grand Teton national Park has
several visitor centers, and motels, lodges, gas stations and
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park, on the border of Montana and Canada
offers more than 1,000,000 acres of forest, alpine meadows,
and lakes. Its is home to 70 species of mammals, including
grizzly bears, and over 250 species of birds. The landscape is a
dream for hikers, with over 700 miles of well maintained trails.
Also, a fleet of restored 1930s coaches offer tours on all the
main roads in the park. And wooden tour boats, some dating
back to the 1920s, operate on some of the lakes.
"Yosemite USA" by GuyFrancis
|America's National Parks are the best in the world for incredible scenery, and for ease of access.
These are the top ten most popular National Parks in The USA.
A visit to any one of them is a life-enhancing experience.