United States houses 62 National Parks full with mesmerizing views, amazingly beautiful landscapes, mountains, waterfalls, caves, dessert, coral reefs, glaciers and canyon.
These national parks in USA are one of the major attractions with more than 85 million visitors.
USA’s National Parks list (2020)
With 2 newly added national parks in 2019, now United States has 62 National Parks in total. Here is a complete list with brief information about all the US National Parks.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
Acadia National Park is situated in the state of Maine, in Hancock and Knox countries. It covers an area of 49,075 acres and is considered to be the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the North Atlantic Coast.
The natural beauty of the Atlantic coastline of the United States, bordered with the highest rocky headlines is protected by this national park. Not only that but it also protects its abundant habitats and rich cultural heritage. Acadia is one of the most visited national parks in USA. A total of 3.5 million visitors visited Acadia in 2018. It is one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the United States.
Things to do at Acadia National Park include whale watching, fishing, kayak, canoe and paddle boating, hiking, camping, and rock climbing. Some winter activities include snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing.
Other attractions in Acadia National Park include Historic motor roads, Hiking trails, Carriage roads, Cadillac Mountains, Jordan Pond, & Sand Beach.
The best time to visit Acadia national park is from September through early October.
The National Park of American Samoa comprises an area of 13,500 acres. It is one of the only national parks to be situated in the southern hemisphere. The Polynesian or Samoan terrain and culture is preserved by this national park. The rich 3000-year-old culture, along with the reefs and dense forests are the unique feature of American Samoa.
Snorkeling, study of tropical wildlife and coral reefs, & hiking are some of the things to do at the American Samoa. Homestay programs are another popular activity to take part in which provides the first-hand experience of Samoan culture and lifestyle.
Key places of interest or attractions here include Tutuila, Ofu beach and Tau Island.
Between May to October is considered to be the best time to visit American Samoa, National Park.
American Samoa Facts
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
The Arches National Park houses over thousands of huge balancing rocks, naturogenic stone arches among other rock structures like pinnacles. This is clearly a popular tourist site with over 1,663,557 visits in 2018. It is definitely the place to go for a landscape enthusiast or a general natural landscape lover. This rock- marvel, encompassing a humongous area of 76,679 areas, can be found in the state of Utah in Grand County, USA.
Biking, Camping, Canyoneering, Hiking, Sky-gazing, and Rock climbing are the major activities to do here.
Top places to go to Arches National Park include but are not limited to, Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers, Balanced Rock, the Windows Section, Delicate Arch and Wolfe Ranch and Devil’s Garden.
April through May and again from September through October is considered the best time to visit this National Park.
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK
The now Badlands National Park was originally called Badlands National Monument back in the late 1920s when it was established as the same on March 4, 1929. This was due to a proclamation that was issued by the late President Franklin Roosevelt in 1939 on January 25th. However, in 1978 it was designated as we now know it, i.e. as Badlands National Park. This national park preserves a whooping area of 242,756 acres and is situated in South Dakota, USA. Not only is it the single largest protected mixed grass prairie but it has also become the spot for the preservation and reintroduction of the land mammal which is most endangered in North America, the black-footed ferret. This National Park had a high number of visits in 2018 which was at 1,008,942.
Activities to partake in at Badlands National Park are night- sky programs, guided activities, camping, climbing, horseback riding, biking, campfires, and other such activities/ programs.
Minuteman Missile Visiting Center, South Dakota 240, Ben Reifel Visitors Center and Notch Trail Park and Garden are some of the must-visit places in the Badlands.
A major part of the park visitors visit from June through September and the lowest visitation is found from November through March.
BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK
The name Big Bend was inspired by the big bend in the river of Rio Grande which creates/ acts as a divider between the USA and Mexico. This national park comprises an area of 801,163 acres located in the Chihuahuan desert in the state of West Texas, USA. In the year 2018, it had a count of 440,091 visitors. The Big Bend Park takes a national role as it protects the largest Chihuahuan desert terrain. Excluding that it serves as a preserver to over 800 species of mammals, reptiles, and birds collectively along with over 1200 plant species.
The most common things to do at Big Bend National Park are relaxing in hot springs, walking in the nature trails, hiking the canyons, driving through the scenic drive, etc. Some of the top places to visit based on local insights and general tourist visits include, but are not limited to places like Emory Peak, Santa Elena Canyon, Lost Mine Trail, Window Trail, Bouquillas Canyon, Cattail Falls, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, and others. The best time to visit hers is fall or spring, that is, from March through May or from September to November.
Big Bend Facts
BISCAYNE NATIONAL PARK
The Biscayne National Park was first founded in the year of 1968 and it presently encompasses 172,971 acres of land. This national park is located in close perimeter to the Everglades National park in Miami- Dane County, South Florida, USA. this subtropical national park provides an excellent place for recreation(with over 469,253 visitors in 2018) and also preserves a unique inter-balanced ratio of marine life and terrestrial life.
In this serene park, you can enjoy camping, boating, bird-watching, hiking and fishing among other activities. The top places to pay a visit to in Biscayne National Park are Miami Seaquarium, Crandon Park, Florida Keys, Cape Florida Lighthouse, Virginia Key, Slitsville, Boca Chita Key, etc. The best time to visit this national park is from mid- December till mid- April.
BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a haven for a canyon in all of its forms, from deep to shallow and from wide to narrow. It is located in Montrose County, Colorado, USA and had a visitor count of 308,962 in the year 2018. This national park was named ‘Black’ Canyon due to the sheer fact that it receives a bare minimum of 33 minutes of sunlight every day. It preserves an area of 30,750 acres of land and houses a wide variety of plants, birds, and animals. However, one special plant local to this area is called the Black Canyon Gilia wildflower.
Things to do at the Black Canyon of The Gunnison include a variety of activities like birdwatching, skiing, rock climbing, snowshoeing, river kayaking, hiking the nature trails and canyons, horseback riding, going on scenic drives and camping, among other things. The top places to visit in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison are Tomichi Point, East Portal Road, South Sim Road and Museum of the Mountain West. the best time to visit this national park is from May until September.
Black Canyon Facts
BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Bryce Canyon is a 35,835-acre big national park found in Garfield County and Kane County in Southwestern Utah, USA. The interesting fact about this national park is that although it is called the Bryce Canyon National Park, it is not actually a Canyon. It is widely known for its rock formations called hoodoos and its amalgamation of natural amphitheaters. Endangered species like the California Condor, Utah Prairie Dog and Southwestern Willow Flycatcher are found in the Bryce Canyon. Another key information about this park is that it contains the largest protected population of the endangered Utah Prairie Dog.
As visitors, some of the best things to do in the Bryce Canyon National Park are drives, sightseeing, seeing the sunset and sunrise from their respective points, undertake a ranger program, etc. Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point, Queens Garden Trail, Navajo Loop Trail, Rim Trail, Inspiration Point, Yovimpa Point, Bryce Point, Bryce Amphitheater, and Fairyland Loop Trail ar some of the top places to visit while at Bryce Canyon National Park. The best time to do so is considered to be from May through September.
Bryce Canyon Facts
CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK
Situated in San Juan, Wayne, Garfield, and Grand counties, Utah, United States is the Canyonlands National Park. This park had over 739,44 visitors in 2018 alone and covers a wide area of 337,598 acres (1,366.21 km2) in southeastern Utah. This national park protects the landscape which has been eroded by the Green River and the Colorado River. Such geological effects of water erosion formed various formations in this national park which include formations like buttes, canyons, etc. The Canyonland has been segregated into 4 major parts, namely, the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers. This segregation has come about due to the presence of the Green River and Colorado River.
Top things to do while at the Canyonland National Park are as follows, go for cave spring trails, drive to elephant hill, explore pothole point trail, watch the amazing view from all the viewpoint trail, etc. The must-visit places include the Mesa Arch, the Needles, the Dead Horse Point State Park and the Island in the Park Visitor Center. The best time to visit the Canyonland National Park is considered to be during the Spring and wintertime.
Canyon Lands Facts
CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK
In south-central Utah, the National Park of Capitol Reef can be found. This national park covers an area of 337,598 acres (1,366.21 km2) and its exact location is in San Juan, Wayne, Garfield, and Grand counties, Utah, United States. The Capitol Reef was founded on 2nd August 1937 by Franklin D. Roosevelt and is situated in the middle of Canyonland National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. This park is famous for its white sandstone domes and encompasses the Waterpocket Fold with various rock structures made of golden-colored sandstones.
Some of the things to do at Capitol Reef National Park are hiking/ camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, campfires, swimming, fishing, among other things. Top places to visit while visiting this park include, but are not limited to, Grand Washington, Fremont River, Cathedral Valley Road, Hickman Bridge Trail, Cohab Canyon, Hickman Natural Bridge. Mid-April through Mid June, and September through October is thought to be the best time to visit Capitol Reef.
Capitol Reef Facts
CARLSBAD CAVERN NATIONAL PARK
This national park is located in Southeastern New Mexico in Eddy County, United States. It covers an area of “241,904 acres (978.95 km2) 670 acres (270 ha) private” and had a visitor count of 12,27,627 in 2018. A cave called the Show Cave is the main attractive element of Carlsbad Cavern National Park. It also houses the 5th largest limestone chamber of North America which happens to be the world’s 28th largest limestone chamber. This limestone chamber is called the Big room as it has a length of 4000 feet or 1,220 meters. Another attraction element of this place is the 17 species of bats along with the free-tailed Mexican bats that are found in abundance here.
There are two types of tours to undertake while at Carlsbad National Park, namely, self-guided tours and ranger-guided tours. Some other things to do include, going for hiking trails or ridge trails; various programs like the Bat flight program, Dawn of the bat program and NIght-sky programs are also available. Some famous places to visit at this national park are Oak Spring, Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor, Rattlesnake Canyon Trail, Slaughter Canyon Cave, Black River Recreation Area, Carlsbad Cavern Natural Entrance. The best time to visit is during September.
Carlsbad Caverns Facts
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK
In the Pacific Ocean, off of the Southern California Coast can be found the National Park of Channel Islands. It is basically an amalgamation of 5 islands namely, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara, San Miguel, and the Anacapa island. This national park preserves an area of 249,561 acres (1,009.94 km2) in Santa Barbara County & Ventura County, California, United States and had 3,66,250 visitors in 2018. Channel Island National Park is rich in flora and fauna, it is home to over 2000 species of plants/ animals out of which one hundred and forty-five(145)are unique to this island. Some indigenous fauna of this island includes the Deer mouse, Spotted Skunk, Channel Islands Fox, and the Island Fence Lizard. It also houses marine life like the endangered Blue Whale and planktons.
Tourists can make the most of their trips by taking part in the best things to do at the Channel Islands like backpacking, hiking, scuba diving, spearfishing, ferrying, and kayaking. Some places to definitely keep on the “go-to places” list are Cavern Point, Santa Rosa Island, Santa Cruz Island, San Miguel Island, Santa Barbara Island, The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, Anacapa Island, Scorpion Anchorage, And Potato Harbour Road. The best time period to visit the Channel Islands National Park is from June through August Period.
Channel Islands Facts
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK
The Congaree National Park really reminds you of the famous poem by Robert Frost – Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening. This temperate deciduous forest brings the essence of the wilderness into life. Here, truly, “the woods are lovely, dark and deep; Frost could very well have unknowingly defined the Congaree’ beautiful forest. This symbol of serenity can be found covering an area of 26,276 acres (106.34 km2) in Richland County, South Carolina, United States. This also happens to be the largest preserved land under the bottomland hardwood forest and attracted over 1,45,929 visitors in 2018.
To genuinely make the most of the visit to Congaree National Park one definitely has to explore these woods by way of camping, hiking, fishing, bird-watching, canoeing and walking through the routes surrounded by the untouched woods. The top places which make this national park a major tourist attraction spot include Kingsnake trail, Weston Lake Loop, Poinsett State Park, and Millford Plantation Historic Site. Congaree can be best experienced during the summer and fall season.
CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK
Sitting in the lap of a fallen volcano which once stood 12000 feet tall is the Crater Lake. A true emblem of purity and depth, which is only highlighted in its sapphire blue hue.
It is believed by scientists to be the cleanest and clearest water body in the world. The ice-grey mountains surrounding the sapphire-blue lake makes it look like a monochromatic piece of art of nature. This blue-hued beauty encompasses an area of 183,224 acres (741.48 km2) in Klamath County, Oregon, United States
The park is home to the deepest lake in the United States i.e. the Crater lake which has a depth of 1,943 feet. However, the Crater lake only makes up 10% of the Crater Lake National Park the rest comprises of old-growth forests that engulf the landscape. Over 15 species of conifers are preserved by this national park and it is also home to a plethora of wildlife like elk, mountain lions, owls, black bears, etc.
The Crater Lake National Park visitors (7,20,659 in 2018) enjoy a variety of activities like taking a drive around the crater lake, go on hiking trails, take the boat trips available, dine at the Crater Lake lodge, etc. Some spots to unwind at in the Crater Lake National Park include Rim Drive, Mount Mazama, Wizard Island, Rim Village Historic District, Cleetwood Cove, Mount Scott, Mouth Thielsen, And Phantom Ship. the best time to visit this national park is anytime in July, August, and September.
Carter Lake Facts
CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Covering an area of 32,572 acres (50.9 sq mi; 131.8 km2) in the land of Summit County & Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States is the breathtaking Cuyahoga National Park.
An unexpected feature of this nature spot is that it is located in between Akron and Cleveland and is therefore surrounded by developed road networks and small towns. This national park gets its apt name from the Cuyahoga River or the “Crooked River” whose rich landscape it preserves.
Cuyahoga Valley is the ultimate ecosphere comprising of waterfalls, mountains, forest caves, vast farmlands and much more. Its picturistic beauty attracts several thousand visitors each year; in 2018 its visitor’s count was at 20,96,053. It preserves the rich natural heritage and continues the legacy of the rural landscape of Cuyahoga valley and at the same time houses over 7 species of bats, 3 types of moles, raccoons, coyotes, red foxes, river otters, great blue heron, etc.
For every visitor, there is some activity to partake in some of which to consider are golfing, train rides, kayaking, snowshoe skiing, cross-country skiing, wildlife study, bird-watching, etc. Some of the top tourist places to go to in this soul-touching Cuyahoga National Park are firstly and the most obvious, the Cuyahoga River, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Ohio And Erie Canal, And Brandywine Falls. To enjoy this national park to its fullest, do visit it during the spring or fall season.
Cuyahoga Valley Facts
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
The first question that pops up in one’s mind when we hear this name is “Why is it called Death Valley?”. The answer to that question lies in a small anecdote about a group of European- American travelers. This group of travelers had set out to find a shorter route to the Californian Gold Fields and during that journey occurred the unfortunate death of one of their group members, thereby giving the name of Death Valey. This national park preserves an area of 3,373,063 acres (13,650.30 km2) in California and Nevada, United States and mainly consists of the Death Valley, the Panamint Valley, the Eureka Valley, and the Saline Valley. It is the driest, lowest and hottest national park found in the United States. Contrary to popular belief a variety of life nurtures in this valley including coyote, creosote bush, bighorn sheep, and the Death Valley pupfish.
Despite the harsh conditions, the Death Valley National Park still attracted several tourists every year, in 2018 it received over 16,78,660 tourists. These tourists enjoy a variety of activities like mountain biking, sight-seeing, photography, overnight camping, ranger tours and walks. Some of the beautiful spots to discover in this national park are Zabriskie Point, Furnace Creek, Dante’s View, Badwater Basin, And Mosaic Canyon. Mid October to mid-may is the best time to visit the Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley Facts
DENALI NATIONAL PARK
In Denali Borough and Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States, can be found the land of scenic beauty, mountain ranges, open grasslands, and soaring trees, a real pleasure to the eyes, called the Denali National Park. This rugged beauty covers an area of 6,045,153 acres (9,446 sq mi; 24,464 sq km) and attracted over 5,94,660 visitors in 2018. Denali is the highest peak in North America and this national park gets its name from this peak. The boundaries of Denali National Park nurture over 450 species of plants along with other birds and animals. Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Wolves, Pikas, Owls, Hawks, Golden Eagles are only some of the birds and animals that freely roam here.
Being centered at interior Alaska and observing long cold temperatures, a major part of its activities are winter oriented like skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, hiking, nature study, photography, and much more. Some of the most frequently visited places by the tourists at this national park are the Wonder Lake, Denali, Mount Foraker, Denali Park Road, Denali State Park, Eielson Visitor Center, Denali Visitor Center, Ruth Glacier, and Mount Hunter. The best time of the year to enjoy Denali National Park is from mid-May to mid-September.
DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK
The Dry Tougas National Park in the Gulf of Mexico, Monroe County, Florida, United States is like a pentagon crown with 7 other jewels. This aquamarine national park protects an area of 64,701 acres (261.84 sq.km.) and is famous all over the world for its architectural beauty of the Fort Jefferson, it also comprises of 7 other Dry Tougas Islands. This park houses a plethora of natural life which includes a whopping 299 species of birds like brown noddy, brown pelican, magnificent frigatebird, roseate tern, bridled tern, black-and-white warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, northern waterthrush, and black-throated blue warbler.
The top things to undertake while visiting Dry Tougas National Park are dominated by water-related activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The other activities include camping, bird-watching and picnicking. This national park attracted 56,810 visitors in 2018 due to its attractive spots like Loggerhead Lighthouse, Bush Key, Loggerhead Key, Garden Key, Florida Keys, and Garden Key Lighthouse. Late April to early June is considered ideal to visit the Dry Tougas National Park.
Dry Tortugas Facts
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
A trip to Miami remains incomplete without a visit to the glorious Everglades National Park. Preserving an area of 1,508,976 acres (6,106.61 sq.km.) in Miami-Dade, Monroe, & Collier counties, Florida, United States is the tranquil mangroves of Everglades National Park. The tantalizing aura of the swamp and majestic essence of its wildlife makes it the perfect spot to escape your fast-paced city life. This park is considered to have one the world’s most diverse ecosystems and its wildlife occupants include a variety of animals like the bobcat, white-tailed deer, the endangered Florida Panther and American Crocodile. At the apex of this array reigns the bewitching Florida Alligator.
The Everglades National Park attracted a visitor count of 5,97,124 persons in 2018 who most commonly partook in recreational activities like glass-bottom boating, snorkeling, kayaking, nature studying, touring the trails, attending dolphin and sea lion shows at the marine park among other top things to do here. Another contributor to its large plethora of visitors is its captivating attraction spots like Shark Valley, Anhinga Trail, Ten Thousand Islands, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and The Shark Valley Trail. The aptest time to pay a visit to the Everglades is from November to March.
GATES OF THE ARCTIC NATIONAL PARK
The second-largest national park in the United States at 8,472,506 acres (34,287.02 sq.km.) in Bettles, Alaska is the Gates of the Arctic. It is the land of glaciers, grasslands, mountain ranges, prolonged summer sun and aurora lit nights, and raw natural beauty. Untouched by man, this park has no trails or roads except those formed naturally by the force of nature. Owing to this, the Gates of the Arctic National Park is the least visited national park in the United States with only 9,591 visitors in 2018.
Though sparsely visited, this national park is not short of recreational things to do. Some of them include activities like climbing, backpacking, sport hunting, river rafting, and boating, among other things. The most popular places to visit in the Gates of the Arctic are Arrigetch Peaks, Tinayguk River, Mount Igikpa, Gates of the Arctic Wilderness, Walker Lake, Takahula Lake, Endicott Mountains, Oohla Valley, Boreal Mountains, and Jesse Mountain along with many more such mesmerizing spots. From June to September is considered the best time to visit this national park.
Gates of the Arctic Facts
GATEWAY ARCH NATIONAL PARK
The Gateway Arch National Park is an unconventional form national park which predominantly emulates a historical symbolism rather than a wilderness essence. Prior to 2018, this park was known as Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It is now known for its architectural wonder of the enormous steel structure of the Gateway Arch from which it gets its name. This Arch’s foundations are embedded 60 feet deep in the earth and cost a whopping 15 million dollars to make. 90.9 acres (36.8 ha) of land make up the boundaries of this park which attracted over 20,16,180 visitors in 2018.
There is a variety of things to do at the Gateway Arch National Park, some of the popular things to do include tram rides, riverboat cruise, a helicopter ride to the top of the arch and explore the New Museum of Westward Expansion. This park is filled with places to explore which include Old Courthouse, The Gateway Arch, City Museum, and Museum Of Westward Expansion. If you are planning to pay a visit to this symbolic park, the best time to do so is from August to September.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
The Glacier National Park seems something out of a duo-chrome painting with emerald green meadows and turquoise blue waters it is a sight for sore eyes. The Glacier is a component of the “Crown of the Continent Ecosystem” which is essentially an utmost quality of raw, pure, untouched wilderness. Engulfing an area of 1,013,322 acres (4,100.77 sq.km.) in its tranquil colors and beauty, it only adds to the heritage of Flathead County & Glacier County, Montana, the United States where it is located. It has an extensive ecosystem with over 1000 species of plants and hundreds of animals that inhabit its land. These include, but are not limited to, fireweed, Indian paintbrush, whitebark pine, grizzly bears, lynx, bighorn sheep, elk, white-tailed deer, etc.
Hiking, river rafting, camping, driving, backcountry camping are only some of the top activities to indulge in at the captivating Glacier National Park. This mesmerizing park attracted over 29,65,309 visitors in 2018, owing to its enticing tourist spots which include places like Going-to-the-sun Road, Logan Pass, Lake Mcdonald, Glacier National Park Montana, Saint Mary Lake, Avalanche Lake, Iceberg Lake, Highline Trail And Much More. The most appropriate time to visit this national park is considered to be in July, August, and September.
GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK
The ultimate showcase of ice glamour, glaciers, and deep fjords can be seen in the Glacier Bay National Park. Situated in Hoonah-Angoon Census Area and Yakutat City and Borough, Alaska, United States, it stretches to an area of 3,223,384 acres (13,044.57 sq.km.). In 1979 it was introduced into the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The Glacier Bay experiences a total of 6 climate zones and therefore is inhabited by a variety of flora and fauna species. Some of which include timber wolf, black-tailed deer, lynx, wolverine and both, brown bears and black bears. Some of the birds that inhabit this park are the bald eagle, golden eagle, raven, falcon, and owl. Other mammals found it its waters are harbor seal, Pacific white-sided dolphin, orca, and humpback whale.
This ice-kissed land of Glacier Bay National Park attracted over 5,97,915 visitors in 2018, most of which arrive on Cruise ships. Some of the top activities to indulge in at this national park include cruise, climbing, hiking, range tours, photography, etc. This rugged beauty is also filled with breath-taking spots which include, but are not limited to, Lamplugh Glacier, Mount Fairweather, Margerie Glacier and the Johns Hopkins Glacier. June and October months are an ideal time to plan a trip to the Glacier Bay.
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Probably the most famous national park in the United States, located in Coconino and Mohave counties, Arizona is the Grand Canyon National Park. The gorge of Colorado River, and one of the Wonders of the Word, the Grand Canyon is the centerpiece of this national park. Throughout its 1,217,262 acres (4,926.08 sq.km.) of land can be found layered red-rock canyons exhibiting thousands of years of geological past which are a natural art piece.
In 2018 the Grand Canyon attracted a whopping number of 63,80,495 visitors. This high number of visitors is a result of two interdependent factors namely, the enticing things to do and the marvelous places to visit. Lodging, hiking, exploring the trails, camping and backpacking make up some of the popular activities to indulge in at the Grand Canyon. Some of its scenic places to explore include Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon Village, and Desert View Drive. If you are planning a visit to this canyon carnival, March through May and September through November is the best time to do so.
GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK
Stretching to an area of 310,000 acres (1,300 sq.km.) in Teton County, Wyoming, United States, is the jaw-dropping Grand Teton National Park. With its snow-covered mountain peaks, soothing rivers, lush forest cover, and enchanting aura, it is the statement piece in the Rocky Ranges. This national park is located 10 miles to the south of the famous Yellowstone National Park. The Grand Teton is the youngest range in the Rockies and exhibits some of the most symmetrical mountain peaks as though they were something out of a designed plan of nature. If one was to boast about its extensive ecology, Grand Teton would be the first in line. Housing over 1000 species of plants, 61 species of animals, 300 species of birds, and 4 species of reptiles it makes for one of the most diverse ecological grounds.
This exquisite land of natural diversity attracted over 34,91,151 visitors in 2018 and continues to attract a large portion of tourists to its vibrant land. Not only is the Grad Teton rich in its flora and fauna but also it does lack short of mesmerizing tourist spots. Some of these to enumerate are Mount Moran, Oxbow Bend, Grand Targhee Resort, Jackson Lake, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Mormon Row Historic District, Jackson Hole, Jenny Lake and The Centerpiece, The Grand Teton Itself. The most pleasant time to explore the beautiful Grand Teton National Park is from mid-May to late September.
GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK
In the state of Nevada in the radiant land of White Pine County, Nevada, United States, prevails the rugged raw beauty of the Great Basin National Park. The 77,180 acres (312.3 sq.km.) of the Grand Basin National Park is teeming with rivers, lakes, mountains, pine trees, hypnotizing star-filled skies, and marvelous limestone caverns. Some of the flora and fauna that are found in this national park include plants/ trees like Joshua tree, Mountain Mohagony, and fauna like a mountain lion, desert cottontail, kangaroo rat, and much more.
This astoundingly charming land attracted around 1,53,094 visitors and surely is going to follow the same trend. The tourists engage in various activities like Lehman cave tour, camping the park, Astronomy programs, nature study, and much more. Its attractive spots include places like Rock Glacier, Stellar Lake, Wheeler Peak, National Forest Development Road 448, Lehman Caves, Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, Teresa Lake, Baker Archaeological Site, and The Baker Creek Road. September and October are considered to be the aptest time to pay a visit to the Great Basin National Park.
GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK
Found in the Alamosa and Saguache Counties, Colorado, United States, is a rather arid and unique national park called the Great Sand Dunes National Park. The name gives away the main feature of this park i.e. it’s ginormous, everchanging sand dunes which can go up to a colossal height of 750 feet or 229 meters. The Great Sand Dunes bring out a deep contrast in relation to the land of North America which is dominated by grasslands. This is done through is 149,028 acres (232.9 sq mi; 603.1 sq.km.) of land comprising of the sabkha, the dune field, the sand sheet, and the watershed. Due to its dry arid nature, only a specific type of plants and animals are observed here like the aspen, dwarf clover, bighorn sheep, owls, eagles, and other reptiles like fence lizard, bullsnake, etc.
Despite its conditions, it receives a fair share of visitors every year. In 2018 it had a visitor count of 4,42,905. Owing to its unique ecology, it offers an uncommon experience to visitors in case of both activities to partake in along with the places to see. Some activities exclusive to this park include hiking, four-wheel driving, fat-tyre biking, sledding, and more. High Dune, Medano Creek, Medano Pass, and Zapata Falls are the only some of the temping places to visit here. Starting around May is about the right time to visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is undoubtedly an ethereal beauty. It’s omnipresent morning fog prevails throughout its 522,419 acres (2,114.15 sq.km.) of land and turns the entire landscape into a ravishing enchanted beauty. The Great Smoky Mountains are one of the oldest ranges in the United States and is located in Swain & Haywood counties in North Carolina; Sevier, Blount, & Cocke counties in Tennessee. The waterfalls, streams, wildlife, and dense forest cover make the display of this park utterly magnificent and unbelievably beauteous.
Being probably the most stunning national park in the united states, it rightly receives the most visitors annually. In 2018, it attracted an astounding 1,14,21,200 visitors who were drawn by its enchanting beauty. Hiking, water tubing, fly fishing, horseback riding, sight-seeing, and photography are only some of the components of the wide array of activities to choose from at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Although every inch of this park is remarkably wonderous, there exist bountiful attraction spots some which are Mountain Farm Museum, Santa’s Land Fun Park And Zoo, Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, Spruce Flat Falls, Grotto Falls Parking, Mouse Creek Falls, Chimney Top Trail, Skybridge Gatlinburg, Cades Cove And Many Many More. The Great Smoky National Park is a must-visit and June, July, August are the best months to do so.
GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
Culberson County and Hudspeth County, Texas, United States is home to the Guadalupe Mountain range in which the highest summit in Texas dwells, i.e. the Guadalupe Peak. Covering an area of 86,367 acres (349.51 sq.km.) are its mountains, canyons, rich grasslands, and its prominent salt-basin dunes.owing to this, it is widely considered to be hiker’s heaven. The Guadalupe Mountains experience a cold desert climate and the fauna found inhabiting this place include gray fox, American black bear, sixteen species of bat and the birds include the great horned owl, woodpecker, hummingbird, falcon, and the golden eagle
Although rich in its visual display and tourist experience it lacks in its tourist count. This park is one of the least visited in the United States and received a meager visitor count of 1,72,347 persons. However, it is not short of activities to indulge in. Some of these are hiking, backpacking, wildlife study, photography, bird-watching, camping and much more. Places like Guadalupe Peak, Mckittrick Canyon, El, Capitan, Salt Basin Dunes, Frijole Ranch Cultural Museum, and the Devil’s Hall Trail are popular among the tourists. Tourists must visit the Guadalupe Mountains National Park during the Spring and Fall season.
HALEAKALĀ NATIONAL PARK
The perfect blend of ancient essence and modern culture can be found at the Haleakala National Park of Maui County, Hawaii, United States. Stretching across an area of 33,265 acres (134.62 sq.km.) it provides an unforgettable experience. This national park abounds with trails, summits, coasts, and is named after the dormant/ sleeping volcano called the Haleakala volcano. Another key information about this park is that it is home to more endangered species than any other in the United States.
In 2018, Haleakala received a visitor count of 10,44,084. Some of the recreational activities that tourists commonly engage in at this park are sky-gazing, camping, ziplining, horseback riding, paragliding, biking, camping and much more. Haleakala Crater, Pipiwai Trail, Waimoku Falls, The Pools At ‘Ohe’o and Haleakala National Park Summit Entrance are only some of the exquisite attractive spots to explore here. February is the most amiable time to visit the enriching Haleakala National Park.
HAWAI’ I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Home to the most active volcano in the world and the most gigantic shield volcano in the world, namely, the Kīlauea, and the Mauna Loa, is the Hawaii Volcanoes, National Park. Its strikingly theatrical volcanic landscape can be observed through its 323,431 acres (1,308.88 sq.km.) of the area in Hawaii County, United States. Its unique geology, flora, and fauna have attracted many tourists. In 2018 alone, it received 11,16,891 visitors.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park caters to the recreational needs of its tourists by providing exciting and unique activities to indulge in like lava tubes, live flow points of lava, glowing crater exploring, hiking, camping and much more. Chain of Craters Road, Nāhuku – Thurston Lava Tube, Kīlauea Visitor Center, Hōlei Sea Arch, Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, Halemaumau Crater, Kīlauea Iki Crater, with Kīlauea and Mauna Loa being the main attractions are some of the top places popular with the tourists. The time most preferred to visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is during the Spring and Fall season.
HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK
Garland County, Arkansas in the United States has become a peculiar spot for unwinding and relaxation due to the hot springs present there. Under the National Park Service, the Hot Springs National Park is the oldest and the smallest national park with 5,550 acres (22.5 sq.km.) of land. Being the oldest, these hot springs were considered to possess medicinal and healing capabilities for centuries by the native Americans.
Being the smallest doesn’t stop this soothing hot springs national park from attracting tourists year after another. In 2018, these impressive thermal springs received 15,06,887 visitors. The Hot Springs National Park offers an array of tantalizing recreational activities to choose from like hiking the mountains, enjoying the calming hot springs, fishing, boating, historic tours, scenic drives, and much more. This mesmerizing park has plenty of places to visit some of which are Garvan Woodland Gardens, Lake Catherine State Park, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort, Hot Springs Mountain Tower, Fordyce Bathhouse, Fordyce Bathhouse. This park should be visited during the month of August.
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK
The Indiana Dunes National Park is a beachside wonderland with a view that extends to around 15,067 acres (60.97 sq.km.) of land. Located in Porter County, Lake County, and LaPorte County, United States this national park is a jackpot of natural diversity surrounded by a modern/ urban environment. Wetlands, forests, and sand dunes make up the geology of this enchanting national park. Its rare species of flora and fauna attracted over 21,27,336 visitors.
This park is famous for its exclusive activities which make it popular among the tourists. These include swimming, bird-watching, surfing, skating, and other beachside recreational activities. The top spots which are most visited and cherished by the visitors include Deep River Waterpark, Mount Baldy, Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk, Indiana Dunes National Park Chellberg Farm, Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, Indiana Dunes National Park Heron Rookery and plenty more. Tourists’ most preferred time to visit the Indiana Dunes National Park is during the summer season.
ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK
In Keweenaw County of the state of Michigan, United States can be found this beautiful national park. The National Park of Isle Royale is in the heart of the northern part of Lake Superior and its territory extends to an area of 571,790 acres (2,314.0 sq.km.). This territory is made up of the island itself along with 450 other minor islands and waters.
This rich island attracted around 25,798 in 2018 making it the perfect tourist spot due to its sparse crowding. The Isle Royale National Park is not short of activities to choose from, some of these are fishing, boating, kayaking, exploring trails, enjoying the beaches, backpacking, etc. Greenstone Ridge Trail, Tobin Harbor, Rock of Ages Lighthouse, Scoville Point, Minong Ridge are some of the mesmerizing places to definitely visit while at the Isle Royale. January is the best time to visit this park.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
The Joshua Tree National Park is a desert-like arid terrain in Riverside County and San Bernardino County in the state of California, United States. This park covers an area of 790,636 acres (1,235.4 sq mi; 3,199.6 sq.km.) and throughout this area can be witnessed unique rock formations and the exotic beauty of Joshua trees after which it is named.
A total of 29,42,382 visitors visited this park in 2018 and a similar trend has been followed in the proceeding years. Some activities which are popular among the tourists visiting this place include hiking, camping, photography, stargazing, and rock-climbing. The exquisite places to visit here will sweep you off your feet. Some of these places are the Skull Rock, Keys View, Cholla Cactus Garden, Coachella Valley Preserve – Thousand Palms Oasis, and the Lost Palms Oasis Trail. The best time to plan a trip to this wonderous Joshua Tree National Park is during March, April, October, and November.
KATMAI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE
The tranquil National Park of Katmai located in the state of Alaska, more specifically in Lake and Peninsula, Kodiak Island, and Bristol Bay boroughs, United States is renowned for two things. Firstly, the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes which is a terrain of volcanic nature and secondly, the brown bears found in abundance here due to the bountiful amount of salmon fish found in the Brook falls. This lovely park stretches to an area of 4,093,077 acres (16,564.09 sq.km.) and attracted over 37,818 visitors in 2018.
Katmai being a water dominated national park leads to a resulting of water-dominated activities to indulge in like fly fishing, fishing, and other activities like bear watching, photography, hiking, exploration of trails camping, and much more. The Katmai National Park and Preserve attracted its visitors due to its eye-catching and enriching tourist places like Novarupta, Brooks River, Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Mount Katmai, McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, and Dumpling Mountain. Mid May, Mid July, Mid August, and Mid Septemeber is the most amiable time to visit this magnificent national park of Katmai.
KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK
In the wonderful land of Kenai Peninsula Borough in Alaska, United States can be found a sapphire-blue paradise called the Kenai Fjords National Park. It is a vast place encompassing an area of 669,984 acres (2,711.33 sq.km.) where the three elements of ice, water, and mountains can be found in perfect harmony creating the most mesmerizing view. This national park gets its name from the 40 glaciers that it’s home to which craft the numerous fjords found here while they travel down the mountains.
There is plenty to do at the Kenai Fjords National Park from cruises to guided tours and from kayaking to wildlife watching. Its gripping recreational services and beautiful environment attracts many tourists annually. In 2018, it received a total of 3,21,596 visitors. This national park is also filled with some very wonderful places to visit like the Bear Glacier, Aialik Glacier, Exit Glacier, Kachemak Bay State Park, Lost Lake Trail, and the Holgate Glacier. Do plan your trip to this place in the month of May.
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK
The Kings Canyon National Park is a 461,901 acre (1,869.25 sq.km.) rugged earthy wonderland found in the state of Nevada in Fresno and Tulare counties, California, United States. The sequoia trees are a native specialty along with the commonly found species of rattlesnakes and bears. This land of caverns, gigantic trees, and roaring falls attracted over 6,99,023 visitors in the year 2018.
The tourists here enjoy a variety of recreational activities some of which include going of scenic drives, visiting the falls, exploring the trails, hiking, and camping. The already beautiful land of Kings Canyon National Park is further enriched by breath-taking spots to visit like the General Grant Grove, Onion Valley Road, Mount Williamson, and the Zumwalt Meadows. Mid-September and October is the most ideal time to pay a visit to this national park.
KOBUK VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
The earthen mixed beauty of the Kobuk National Park can be found in the state of Alaska in the Northwest Arctic Borough, USA. It preserves a massive area of 1,750,716 acres (7,084.90 sq.km.) throughout which can be seen forest cover, rivers, sand dunes, and its famous caribou crossings.
This splendid national park attracted over 14,937 visitors in 2018 which makes it a perfect place for a relaxed and soothing vacation spot due to less crowd. Some of the activities to enjoy in this national park include boating, fishing, backpack hiking, flightseeing, backcountry camping, and dog-sledding. Some of the top tourist spots to check out while visiting are Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, Ahnewetut Creek, Kobuk River, Onion Portage and Wood Frog, among many others. The most common time to visit the Kobuk Valley National Park for the tourists is from June until August.
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK
The Mesa Verde National Park is a jaw-dropping ancient architectural paradise engulfing an area of 52,485 acres (212.40 sq.km.) in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. Be ready to be awestruck by the mesmerizing archaeological site of Ancestral Puebloan which is a part of the World Heritage Site of UNESCO.
Although archaeological sighting is the primary activity to indulge in, other activities like camping, lodging, hiking, and other outdoor activities are also open for the tourists to partake in. Due to its significance in ancient history, it attracts plenty of visitors. In 2018 the visitor count stood at 5,63,420. The places in Mesa Verde National Park popular among these tourists include Balcony House, Spruce Tree House, Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, Cliff Palace, Wetherill Mesa, and Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center. The ideal time to visit this national park is in the month of September.
LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
In the states of California in Shasta, Lassen, Plumas, and Tehama Counties, United States resides the rich park called Lassen Volcanic National Park. The Lassen is a land of fuming fumaroles, mountains, lakes and volcanic terrain that extends to about 106,452 acres (430.80 sq.km.). The centerpiece of this national park remains to be the world’s largest plug dome volcano called the Lassen Peak from which it gets its name.
Boating, nature study, exploring the various trails and camping are some of the activities popular among the tourists. The Lassen Volcanic National Park is full of magical places to visit. These include Lassen Peak, Manzanita Lake, Cinder Cone, Mount Tehama, Butte Lake, Bumpass Hell, and other magnificent places. These gripping activities along with beautiful places attract many visitors throughout the yar. In 2018 the visitor count stood at 4,99,435. The months of July and October is the most beautiful time to visit the Lassen.
MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK
The longest cave system in the world, i.e. the Mammoth Cave, a limestone labyrinth, is a part of the Mammoth cave national park. Found in the state of Kentucky in Edmonson, Hart, and Barren counties, United States covers a whopping area of 52,830 acres (213.8 sq.km.). It’s striking and intricate caves make it a must-visit for tourists.
This beautiful national park attracted over 5,33,206 visitors in 2018 and continues to impress them with its stunning experience. Some of the things that the tourists here like to engage in include canoeing, hiking, touring, fishing, boating, horseback riding and much more. The Mammoth Cave National Park consists of many enticing and beauteous places like the Mammoth Cave Visitor Center, CRYSTAL ONYX Cave, Diamond Caverns, Nolin Lake State Park, and the Nolin River Lake. March – April – May is the most pleasant time to plan a tri to this cave wonderland.
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK
The Mount Rainier National park is a land of glaciated peaks and magnificent wildflower meadows. This picture-perfect park stretches to an area of 236,381 acres (956.60 sq.km.) in the welcoming state of Wahington in Pierce County and Lewis County, United States. The centerpiece of this park is the ice-capped Mount Rainier surrounded by the subalpine wildflowers.
The stunning spots and enriching activities attracted 15,18,491 visitors in 2018. Some of the activities to choose from the wide array of activities are hiking, camping, boating, exploring trails and guided tours. Henry M Jackson Visitor Center, Chinook Pass, Christine Falls, Emmons Glacier, Burroughs Mountain Trail, and Mount Fremont Lookout Trail are only some of the jaw-dropping spots to choose from at the Mount Rainier National Park. The best time to visit this park is from July through August.
NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK
The utterly serene and soothing wilderness of North Cascades National Park engulfs an area of 504,654 acres (2,042.26 sq.km.) in the state of Washington. Found in Whatcom, Skagit, and Chelancounties, United States is this land of mountains, lakes, and forests.
This rich National Park attracted only around 30,085 in the year 2018, who indulged in recreational endeavors like bicycling, mountaineering, camping, and backpacking. Some of its most cherished spots include Diablo Lake, Mt. Baker Ski Area, Forbidden Peak, etc. The majority of tourists prefer to visit the North Cascades during the month of February.
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
Yet another unrealistically majestic national park is the Olympic National Park found in Jefferson, Clallam, Mason, and Grays Harbor counties, Washington, United States. This land of dramatic wilderness covers an area of about 922,650 acres (3,733.8 sq.km.). The park has been subdivided into four areas with different and distinct ecosystems.
This stunning and rich environment had attracted approximately 31,04,455 visitors. This national park is popular for hiking, mountain climbing, skiing, and camping. Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, Lake Crescent, Mount Olympus, Marymere Falls, and Olympic National Forest are only some of the amazing places to choose from while visiting the Olympic National Park. March, May, and June are the most amiable to plan a trip to this park.
PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Covering an area of 146,930 acres (594.6 sq.km.) in the state of Arizona, United States is the stunning Petrified Forest National Park. This park gets its name from the petrified logs found in abundance here and is also famous for its forest fossils which are over 225 million years old.
This unique national park had a visitor count of approximately 6,44,922 in the year 2018. The usual activities which the tourists indulge in are hiking, camping, photography and exploring the museum. The Petrified Forest National Park has a variety of enticing places to choose from; some of which include Painted Desert Inn, Newspaper Rock, Rainbow Forest Museum, Crystal Forest, Puerco Pueblo, and Jasper Forest. It is most common for visitors to plan a trip to this national park during July, June, and then August.
PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK
The Pinnacles National Park offers an eye-catching scenic view and stretches to an area of 26,606 acres (107.67 km2). This park preserving a land of mountainous volcanic terrain is found in San Benito County & Monterey County, California, United States.
Due to its rich heritage, this park attracted around 2,22,152 in the year 2018. The activities that the visitors typically engage in are hiking, climbing, exploring trails, going on guided tours, etc. The places popular among the tourists are Bear Gulch Cave Trail, High Peaks, Bear Gulch Reservoir, Bear Gulch Day Use Area, and Condor Gulch Trail. July and December are the most preferable time to visit the Pinnacles National Park.
REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK
This 138,999 acres (562.51 km2) in Humboldt County & Del Norte County, California, United States is called the Redwood National Park. It is home to some of the world’s tallest and gigantic trees in the world. Apart from this it also preserves a wide array of flora and fauna which make it a rich and diverse park.
This land of enormous trees and rich ecosphere attracted a huge visitor count of 4,82,536 in 2018. These visitors are often found to indulge in recreational activities like fishing, horseback riding, climbing, mountain hiking, biking, and kayaking. The marvelous places to visit in the Redwood National Park include Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway and Gold Bluffs Beach. The best time to visit this epitome of nature is during the months of August, July, and then September.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
The peaceful scenic beauty of the famous Rocky Mountains is a must-visit for any nature lover. The Rocky Mountain National Park covers an area of 265,461 acres (1,074.28 km2) in Larimer / Grand / Boulder counties, Colorado, United States. Full of lakes, forests, beautiful wilderness and mountain ranges, and its tallest peak; Longs Peak, this park is a spectacular vacation spot.
In the year 2018, this park experienced a visitor count of 45,90,493 who typically partakes in recreational activities like hiking, wildlife study, nature photography, scenic drives, and guided tours. Longs Peak, Bear Lake, Alberta Falls, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center are only some of the wonderful places to choose from at the rich Rocky Mountain National Park. Late May until early June or September is the most popular time to visit this park.
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK
SaguaroNational Park is famous for the Saguaro Cactus found in a relatively minute part of the United States and is named after the same. This arid yet rich national park encompasses an area of 91,716 acres (371.16 km2) in Tucson, Arizona, Pima, Arizona, United States.
This park received 9,57,405 visitors in 2018 due to the sheer enriched experience it offers. The visitors here are typically seen engaging in activities like scenic drives, camping, picnicking, and hiking. The most popular sites to visit here, at the Saguaro National Park include Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Cactus Forest Drive, Tucson Mountain Park, Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, and Agua Caliente Park. The most preferred time to visit this national park is between October and April.