The United States is home to some pretty amazing national parks. With sprawling wilderness and mountainous terrain each one is unique and fascinating. Here are just some of America’s amazing national park.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park has it all: waterfalls, valleys, meadows and great trees. This park offers wondrous rocky views and vast wilderness to trek. Close to 1,200 square miles, the park is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. More than 4 million people visit Yosemite each year to participate in activities such as rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. The most popular destinations are the Tunnel view, which is the first view of the valley for many visitors and El Capitan, a granite cliff that rises over Yosemite Valley.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park became the first national park in the U.S. after it was established by the U.S. government in 1872. Located in the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, the park is known for its amazing landscape, wildlife and geothermal features. The most popular feature is the Old Faithful Geyser. The Geyser erupts every 44-125 minutes. Yellowstone is home to many species of birds, fish, reptiles, bears, wolves, bison and much, much more. There are numerous recreational opportunities such as hiking, camping, boating and fishing.
Grand Canyon National Park
Located in northwestern Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park’s main feature is the Grand Canyon. The grand canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, and is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The park covers over 1,900 square miles and is home to an extensive system of tributary canyons and multiple ecosystems.
Arches National Park
Located in eastern Utah, and adjacent to the Colorado River, Arches National Park is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. The most famous arch is the Delicate Arch. The Delicate Arch was created after sandstone was gradually worn away from a sandstone fin. It is a 65-foot-tall free standing arch, and is depicted on Utah’s license plates.
Everglades National Park
Unlike most National Parks that protect geographical features, Everglades National Park protects an ecosystem. A network of wetlands and forests are a home to 36 threatened or protected species, such as the Florida Panther, American Crocodile, and West Indian Manatee. It is also home to 350 species of birds, 300 species of fish, 40 species of mammals, and 50 species of reptiles.