There comes a time in our sheltered and unknowing lives when we question the way things are. Why do birds chirp and fly? Why do the trees shoot up from the ground towards the sun, and how does the sky change its colours from sunrise to sundown? How did the Stonehenge’s rocks came to that formation?
But, as was once said, ignorance can bring about a certain bliss: the joy of not knowing, of reveling in a shroud of mystery and simply enjoying life as it is. And perhaps, we must never find the answers to some of life’s greatest questions for us to truly appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.
Amid countless skyscrapers, wide and unending roads and seemingly endless technological developments, there remains places unspoilt, untouched and, thankfully, unforgotten. These National Parks in USA will bring about a reconnection to nature, an archaeological journey and some spectacular scenery that will make you stop in your tracks and take your breath away.
Choosing a select few from hundreds of beautiful national parks in USA was an ordeal but we endured and conquered. Here are our top five picks for the national parks you should visit on your road trip in America!
Yellowstone National Park
We’re not letting you off the hook without visiting the country’s first ever national park. Yellowstone National Park, which is also the first one declared in the world, is not one to be forgotten just because of its age. The magisterial park was designated in 1872 and since then has been known for its ethereal thermal attractions. From geysers (see the Old Faithful), high altitude lakes, vast forests and majestic peaks down to its teeming wildlife (bears, deer, sheep, elk, among others), there’s ample reason for Yellowstone National Park not only to be the first ever but also be at the top of your itinerary. The park is located in northwest Wyoming.
Crater Lake National Park
Situated in the southern part of Oregon, America’s fifth oldest national park is like no other place on Earth. It’s uniqueness basically lies on its volcanic past thereby creating a stunning lake with water so pure and calm that people can never get enough of it. The deep blue colour of the lake is married with cliffs of green and brown standing about 2,000 feet high. The best thing about Crater Lake National Park is that it’s not only a sight to behold. In the park, you can traverse the land by hiking up in mountain peaks, cruise through daily boat tours in the volcano area or go a guided walk for some history and culture.
Zion National Park
As we said earlier, we had a hard time getting round to only five national parks in the country and we had an equally taxing time with choosing just one in Utah. Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef National Parks almost made the list with their grandeur and underrated beauty. But if it’s your first time, Zion National Park is the place to go. The latter park is full from top to bottom of the best things like towering valleys, red and orange rock walls, cool streams and rivers and cliffs, and even canyoneering routes that you can take your campervan in. Drive up to everything the park has to offer in the state’s southwest.
Badlands National Park
If there’s one place you would love to get lost in, it might just be South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. Situated in the south western corner, the park is a maze of deep buttes, sharp pinnacles, tall canyons and winding spires. Through the years, a number of fossilised mammals from ancient saber-toothed cats to three-toed horses have been found lying in the dusty red ground. Now, the wilderness area is home to North America’s most endangered land mammal, the black-footed ferret. Here you can hike the cliffs and explore trails and monuments, hop on a car for a scenic drive, or simply admire the view it offers.
Grand Canyon National Park
If you haven’t seen the Grand Canyon even in photos, you might be living under a rock. It is after all, one of the most popular tourist destinations in world for its breathtaking and wondrous sights. The Colorado River snakes its way through the middle and separates the stunning rock formations in two gorgeous masterpieces disguised as cliffs. Once you’re there, the only difficulty you will have is going away and trying to find another national park that will be better that this one. Grand Canyon National Park is located in the state of Arizona in the United States.
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