Top 10 ℕational ℙarks in the World

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Izzie M.

Here are some of the most visited National Parks in the world, some new things to add to your Bucket List!

1. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park is the most visited National Park in the world with dramatic peaks and pristine lakes. It also features multicolored pools swirl around hot springs; verdant forests weave past expansive meadows; and volatile geysers launch streams of steaming water toward the sky.  Nowadays, there’s no doubt that the park is indeed extraordinary, While you travel through its 3,000-plus square miles of mountains, canyons, geysers and waterfalls, be prepared to share the beautiful trails with permanent residents like buffalo, elk and sometimes even grizzlies! Yellowstone attracts more then 4 million people every year with 2.2 million acres creep from the northwest corner of Wyoming into the edges of Idaho and Montana, offering plenty of untouched territory to explore. While the sheer number of trails and wildlife-watching opportunities may seem daunting at first remember you can always come back!

 

2. Yosemite National Park, California

One of California’s most formidable natural landscapes Yosemite National Park features nearly 1,200 square miles of sheer awe, with towering waterfalls, millennia-old Sequoia trees, striking, daunting cliff faces and some of the most unique rock formations in the United States! Some of the parks most famous landforms which feature Half Dome and El Captain as well as excellent hiking trails through the natural monuments. Since Yosemite is so beautiful it attracts approximately 4 million people every year. But if you go at the right time Mother Nature’s wonders will reveal themselves to you in a miraculous and serene way.

 

3. Glacier National Park, Crown Of The Continent

Named after the remnants of glaciers from the ice age Glacier National Park is located on the border of Canada and the United States which is often called the, “Crown of the Continent.” The park features a variety of hiking trails for all skill levels. What’s more, the park boasts more than 700 lakes, numerous waterfalls and two mountain ranges, spread across more than 1 million acres that shelter an array of wildlife. Aside form its breath taking views the park is also home to lots of history, the Going to the Sun Road is a scenic 52-mile drive through the park, which shows the parks  National Historic Landmark and an engineering marvel that offers spectacular views, as well as access to popular hiking trails.

 

    Glacier National Park

 

4. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Measuring approximately 277 river miles in length, up to 18 miles in width and a mile deep, this massive chasm in northern Arizona is truly one of the worlds natural wonder. For six million years, the Grand Canyon has expanded with the help of the mighty Colorado River, and for centuries people from all over the globe have traveled to gaze out over its red and orange grandeur! Managed by the National Park Service and officially designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Grand Canyon leaves its approximately 6 million visitors per year awestruck c:

 

5. Serengeti National Park, Africa

There’s more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done, when musicians Elton John and Tim Rice wrote the opening tune to Disney’s “The Lion King,” they were describing the “Circle of Life.” But this lyric serves as a fitting description for world-renowned Serengeti National Park, this magnificent game park sprawls across 5,700 square miles of northern Tanzania in East Africa. Within the boundaries of the Serengeti, you can hear thousands of animals, Hyenas cackle as elephants trample well-worn safari roads and hippos splash in watering holes, and at any given time more than 2,000 lions are poised to pounce on unsuspecting prey, preparing to chase their unlucky target through the seemingly endless waves of golden grass. The scenery rustles with the swift steps of loping giraffes, and tree branches shake with every monkey’s waking movement. But the most magical site you’ll behold is The Great Migration during which White’s paradise is drowned by a sea of animals as more than one million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles traverse the Serengeti in search of greener pastures, this is one truly amazing site to see.

 

6. Zion National Park, Utah

Named for the Hebrew word “refuge,” Zion National Park, nestled in Utah’s southwest corner – is no longer the quiet sanctuary it once was. In 2016, the park saw a record-breaking 4.3 million visitors, a 17 percent increase from its last record-breaking year in 2015. It’s as if travelers stumbled upon a secret and can’t get enough of the apricot-colored Zion Canyon, which they can view wading through its Virgin River or ascending Angels Landing, with each bend in the river or turn in the trail affording an even more breathtaking view. Plus, the blanket of stars that illuminates the night sky. One of the most fun hikes in my opinion is the Narrows.

The Watchman Mountain at Zion National Park

 

7. Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies

One of Canada’s wildest places, Jasper National Park provides kaleidoscopic panoramas at every turn, Located on the eastern edge of Alberta, the park serves as a beacon for adventurers in the Northern Hemisphere. Jasper boasts the distinction of being the largest park in the Canadian Rockies and was designated part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with Banff and a handful of additional parks. With more than 2.7 million acres of land to explore, travelers are sure to spot animals ranging from caribou to wolverine to moose. The park offers all the natural wonders you’d expect, including mountains and rivers and even glaciers, but the town of Jasper elevates the park’s possibilities.No matter the season, there’s always a reason to visit Jasper.

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8. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

In May 2018, the Kilauea volcano in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park erupted, leaving extensive damage in its wake and shutting down the park for months. Though some closures remain in effect, this park on the Big Island is still worth a visit. Travelers can take in the views along Chain of Craters Road, observe rising steam at the Steam Vents and hike through parts of Crater Rim Trail, once this park is open again it is one beautiful place to visit.

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9. Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile’s Patagonia region
You may spot animals like penguins and whales here, but the landscape is the true star of the show. Located in Chilean Patagonia, Torres Del Paine National Park encompasses more than 448,000 acres of stunning geographical features, such as Grey Glacier and the famous Cuernos del Paine. The most popular hikes include the W Trek and the O Circuit, which are both daylong journeys, but there worth it!
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10. Kruger National Park

Situated roughly 260 miles northeast of Johannesburg, the nearly 5 million-acre Kruger National Park offers some of the best access to wild animals in Africa. The Big Five, buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos all reside here, as well as Nile crocodiles, hippos and rare birds like southern ground-hornbills and lappet-faced vultures. But this sprawling wildlife sanctuary is home to more than just animals, Giant baobab tree, fever and marula trees tower above the park’s savanna, thornveld and woodland landscape. A trip to Kruger will undoubtedly bring you as close to nature as possible.

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