Are you looking for a way to take in the beauty of the country? There are many places you can see spectacular sights, but many people head to the National Parks to visit the popular views you can see pictured on Instagram and Facebook. Americans and international tourists alike flock to the parks to hike, picnic, take photos and explore some of the most beautiful and historically important places the U.S. has to offer. Here are the 7 most visited National Parks so you can start planning your cross-country road trip to check these off your bucket list.
Grand Canyon: One of the most common places for visitors to stop, the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona has one of the biggest canyons in the world. The South Rim is the most popular place to take in the view of the mile-deep canyon that can be 18 miles wide in spots. Take a hike or stop for some photos along the rim.
Zion: In southern Utah, Zion National Park is a canyon carved by the Virgin River, with sandstone rock towers and cliffs you can hike or enjoy a scenic drive through tunnels in the canyon and winding down the side to view the red rocks, green shrubbery and, if you’re lucky, some deer or big horn sheep.
Yosemite: This canyon was carved by a river and glacier, so Yosemite National Park features spectacular views of the valley and the cliffs of the canyon. Hike and picnic with views of waterfalls and giant sequoias, which both make great photo opportunities to share your trip with friends and family.
Rocky Mountains: With 150 lakes and 450 miles of streams, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado has many ecosystems you can visit and learn about wetlands, forests and tundra. There are hikes for all ability levels and a scenic drive you can take if that’s more your thing.
Yellowstone: As the world’s first national park, the 2.2 million acres of geysers, lakes and forests in Yellowstone National Park offer copious amounts of space for wild animals to roam. Many visitors can watch bison, bears, moose and wolves roam. This is the home of Old Faithful, so make sure to take a stop and view this cone geyser in action.
Great Smoky Mountains: Many visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park take in the view of the mountain range from a scenic drive, but there are 800 miles of trails so you can take a family hike as well. Some wildlife you may see if you look closely include black bears or salamanders.
Acadia: Along the Atlantic coast, Acadia National Park features natural and cultural heritage of the northeastern U.S. With seven peaks, more than 150 miles of hiking trails and 16 stone bridges, there is plenty to do here at any time of the year! In the summer, hike or kayak to take in the view; and in the winter, you can ice fish or cross-country ski.
Although none of these are in Florida, you can make a trip out of it! Visit one (or more) of these parks or find a National Park near Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville or Ft. Lauderdale.
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