Without doubt the American National Parks offer such a huge variety of scenery and pleasures. From the colds of Alaska to the tropical island life of Hawaii. In 2016 the National Park Service celebrated their 100 years of being and we thought we’d have a look at 4 of the popular locations they manage.
With Hawaii being in the news in 2018 with the volcanoes erupting we had to include their park, and also 2 where the name is on every ones lips.
Best National Parks In USA
Yosemite National Park
Probably the first name that springs to mind when people mention National Parks. Best known of the Parks when waterfalls are mentioned. It’s home to North America’s highest waterfall Yosemite Falls. Also home to El Capitan, the granite monolith which is about 3,000 feet to the sumit from the base. First climbed in November 1958. To this day it attracts both photographers and climbers alike.
Set in Mariposa County , within California’s Sierra Nevada mountains there are so views to enjoy and many walks to explore here. Tuolumne Meadows, Horsetail Fall, Tunnel View and Cathedral Rocks are must visits if you’re up in Yosemite Park
Denali National Park
Six million acres of wild land and Alaska can only mean one thing; Denali. Between late May and early to mid September each year, an average of 400,000 travelers visit this beuatiful location. Divided by just one road through the Park, animals large and small are left to roam wild and enjoy the great outdoors.
Not only do the views take your breath away, there’s also North America’s tallest peak, 20,310 feet high Denali.
Alaska is home to Caribou, Salmon, Grey Wolves, Golden Eagles, Swainson’s Thrushes, Moose, Beluga Whales, Bears and many more species, so you’ll have plenty of wildlife to see when you visit.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Waterfalls
Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are two of the five volcanoes that form the island of Hawaii. Kilauea is by far the most active, as it proved in 2018. Almost 4 months of eruptions and lava flowing has destroyed homes, wildlife and reshaped part of the landscape. Despite this, the youngest of the 5 volcanoes playing up, there’s still plenty of wildlife and scenery to see here.
Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail is a 175 mile journey through history where there’s chance to see hundreds of ancient settlements. Set up in the year 2000 to help preserve and educate about Native Hawaiian resources & culture, this is a must visit location.
Yellowstone National Park
See the beautiful Yellowstone Lake also admire the Yellowstone River flowing north from it through Hayden Valley. As well as the miles upon miles of lakes, forests and hills, the plentiful wildlife to photograph most people think of Yellowstone as home of Old Faithful.
Discovered in 1870 by the Washburn Expedition, this was the first geyser to be officially named.
Back in 1872, Yellowstone became the world’s first national park. Since then there have been more than a million eruptions, which is the reason of the geysers name of Old Faithful.