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As we told you in our previous post… Howlanders has arrived in the USA! Yes, now we can go through the nature of this country together and believe us, it’s a lot.
We know that just like us, you are an adventure lover, so today we bring you what, in our opinion, are the 8 best National Parks in the United States. Start imagining yourself with your backpack on your shoulder among leafy forests and postcard lakes:
Yosemite National Park
Named a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite National Park is known for its steep waterfalls and large granite slopes.
You can take a hike from San Francisco to Yosemite to walk under its giant redwoods, climb El Capitan, and admire the Half Dome, a 1440-meter granite dome and possibly the valley’s landmark.
Death Valley National Park
Another option is to visit Death Valley National Park which is the largest in the United States, the warmest and driest due to the fact that 91% of its extension is desert. In fact, it is said that this place is one of the hottest on the planet, having reached a temperature of 130 ºF (degrees Fahrenheit), that is, 54.4 ºC. But don’t worry, this is not always the case and within its 1.3 million hectares you can also find lush forests and towering cliffs.
The Park hides treasures such as Dante’s View and Zabriskie Point, from where there are impressive views. Another must-see is the Bad Water Basin, which is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 85 meters below sea level.
Zion National Park
Carved over time by the Virgin River, Zion National Park has a remarkable extension of 59,893 hectares. The park attracts hikers, bird watchers and nature lovers thanks to its varied flora and fauna.
A good idea to visit it is to take a trip from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in which you will cross the 2km Zion-Mount Carmel tunnel, considered the longest in the United States at the time of its construction (1930). You will also enjoy the views offered by the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, the road that runs through the park.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the world and today is one of the most frequently visited. Here you can visit the Grand Prismatic Pool, which is the largest hot spring in the United States, and go into the Yellowstone Canyon.
To explore it fully, a good idea is to take a guided tour of several days to Yellowstone, during which you can stay at campsites in the park itself and also visit other important parks such as Grand Teton and Bryce Canyon.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is more than a canyon, it is a natural amphitheatre that stands out for its unique geological structures. The so-called fairy chimneys have been formed by erosion over thousands of years and recreate a very original natural landscape that you should not miss.
To visit it you can take a tour of the best natural parks in the United States. You will visit this park as well as Grand Teton and Bryce Canyon.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park is a natural park that houses more than 2000 red rock arches. Its views and vegetation make it the perfect place to take your camera and take hundreds of pictures.
You can cross it by taking a trip through the Southwest of the United States, where you will trek to Delicate Arch, a natural arch that is 16 meters high and is the landmark of the park. In addition to visiting other emblematic places like Canyonlands National Park.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park located in the high desert of the American Southwest is the largest national park in Utah. It is a wild area full of color, countless canyons, and hills carved by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their tributaries.
Walking through the park you will discover deep craters, white cliffs and high rock spirals. To visit it, you can take the same excursion that you take to Arches Park.
The Gran Canyon national Park
The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the oldest in the United States and has been a World Heritage Site since 1979. The deep gorges through which the Colorado River passes attract attention.
To visit it you can make tour to the Grand Canyon and walk through the paths that cross the deep ravines of the canyon. You can also go to visit Hoover Dam, from where the famous Route 66 begins.
Don’t forget to take your typical picture at the edge of the canyon!
As you can see, we weren’t lying. The nature of this area of the United States is immense and if you don’t already know it, it’s beautiful. We hope that with these National Parks in the United States, we have given you an idea of where to start exploring the country when you travel there. Have you already been to one of these parks? Which one catches your eye the most? Tell us about it!