Most Visited and Famous National Parks in the US

famous national parks in the us

This country is vastly known for lively cities like New York or Miami, however, US national parks are among the most beautiful  in the world. That’s right, if you are looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the large cities, we’d like to share with you the must see national parks in the US.

If you are planning to travel to the USA, you might not have thought about visiting its national reservoirs. However, taking a moment to explore one of them could be worth your time. Do not forget that if it’s your first time traveling to the US, there are important facts you need to know about how to apply for the ESTA.

Ready to find out the top 10 National Parks of the US? Keep reading.

USA must see National Parks:

In total, there are 59 recognized National Parks in the United States. To narrow down your choices, we’ve done our research on the most visited national parks in the US just for you!

1. Great Smoky Mountains

Located along the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, this park is the most popular in the whole country. Over nine million people visit its forested hills each year. Though it sound busy, the park covers a range of 800 square miles of mountainous land.

The trees exude hydrocarbons that along with water produce the “smokey feel” that inspired the park’s name.

2. The Grand Canyon

We cannot write about the top National Parks in the US and leave this one out. With its unique colors and views, The Grand Canyon in Colorado will take your breath away. The park is 277 river miles long, a mile deep and just up to 18 miles wide. If you happen to be in Las Vegas, you can take a day to drive to this world wonder.

Keep in mind that most people visit the Grand Canyon through the South Rim of the park, which is open all year. The North Rim offers a small seasonal window to visit. In any case, it will not disappoint.

3. Yosemite

Set in Northern California and established on October 1st, 1890, the Yosemite offers a heavenly like experience. Once you enter the valley, you will want to stop to admire the 620-foot high Bridaveil Fall.

Though you can visit the park year round, the Yosemite Falls stop flowing at the end of August. The water comes from snowmelt and your best time to see them is in May.

4. Rocky Mountain

This mountain range stretches over 3000 miles, starting in British Columbia (Canada) to New Mexico in the United States. You can easily get to the heart of the park from Denver located a two-hour drive away.

This National Park is a popular destination in summer but you can find solitude by taking hiking routes.

5. Zion

Another natural treasure is this park, which rises in Utah’s plateu country. The highest point in the park is the Horse Ranch Mountain

An unique feature of the Zion National Park is that millions of years of flowing water contributed to the creation of the walls. You can stand below, at the bottom and look up the streamside.

6. Yellowstone

Yellowstone is known for being home to Yogi Bear, one of the most famous bears on television, but it is also being the world’s first national park, declared established in 1872. The park is evidence of nature’s strength and power. If you are thinking about seeing something truly unique, you have to visit the Great Fountain Geyser that erupts every 9 to 15 hours.

The park hosts a variety of species, and if you’re lucky you might be able to catch a glance of bisons, gray wolves or even a bobcat, evidence of its invaluable ecological heritage.

7. Olympic

Set in Washington State, Olympic National Park, is an important contender in our top 10. No roads were built in the park which is made of three ecosystems: rainforest, subalpine forest and wildflower meadow, and rugged Pacific shore.

The United Nations has declared this beauty an international biosphere and a World Heritage Site. If you are going to visit Seattle, it might be worth adding a day to your trip.

8. Acadia National Park

Spread over the coast of Maine, this where the sea meets the mountains. A large portion of the park is on Mount Desert Island. To explore this national park, you will need at least one day. Smaller than some of the other parks, but a wonder nonetheless.

We recommend you stop by Jordan Pond, Acadia’s deepest lake.

9. Grand Teton

Grand Teton National Park is named after Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. An incredible ecosystem, the park still features the same species of flora and fauna that existed in prehistoric times. Nature lovers can find over a thousand variety of vascular plants, dozens of species of mammals, birds and fish and even reptile and amphibian animals.

The park is set in northwestern Wyoming and is not too far from Yellowstone.

10. Glacier

Last but not least, Glacier National Park is set in the state of Montana just off the border with Canada. This vast park has over one million acres and features two mountain ranges.

Much of the water found in the park comes from snowmelt. Visitors can ride a horse and explore the park’s trails >while contemplating it’s beauty.

Useful Tips to visit US National Parks

We imagine that after reading about some of America’s best national parks you are eager to start your trip.

We’d like you to think about the following before you make a trip.

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  • Research the costs of the parks.
  • Find out when it is best to go.
  • Make a plan of what you wish to see.
  • Take the essentials only.
  • Take comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Stay at a National Park lodge.
  • Check with park rangers when you arrive.
  • Respect the park.
  • Take loads of pictures!