Taking in a national park is a safe bet for any trip, especially to the USA, where you are treated to a wealth of beautiful scenery and stunning experiences. If you’re heading to the West of the US, then you’ll still have a great number of breathtaking national parks to choose from. Here is a rundown of the ones you definitely will not want to miss.
Yosemite National Park, California
Possibly one of the most famous national parks in this region, Yosemite is open all hours of the day, all year round, meaning you don’t have to worry about finding the right time to visit this stunning location. Found in the Sierra Nevada mountains, this national park will see you enjoying giant forestry and trees, Bridalveil Fall waterfall and spectacular granite cliffs.
There is also a village filled with shops and restaurants, as well as providing the opportunity to gain a souvenir from the Yosemite Museum or the Ansel Adams Gallery.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Filled with plenty of amazing hiking opportunities, including the Rim Trail hiking path which allows access to Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point and Bryce Point, this national park is the ideal spot for exciting activities like cycling, walking and adventure pastimes.
The best time to experience Bryce Canyon National Park is either during sunrise or sunset, to truly experience the spectacular orange and red hue of the hoodoo rock formations, and you definitely won’t be short of options for dining in Bryce Canyon, either.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Although the majority of this national park is based in Wyoming, Yellowstone also has areas spreading into Montana and Idaho. Located on a volcanic spot with its most famous geyser, Old Faithful, this piece of wilderness will have you enjoying forests, rivers, dramatic canyons and relaxing hot springs, as well as getting up close and personal with a variety of wildlife, including bison, elk, bears and wolves.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Located in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, this national park provides more than 700 miles of scenic hiking trails and is the perfect spot for backpacking or camping. Here, you can enjoy glacier peaks and stunning valleys which run to the Canadian border, making it the perfect stop if you’re considering a road trip. Be sure to also keep an eye out for grizzly bears and mountain goats.
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State
Mount Rainier itself is a huge, active volcano, and the national park surrounds this glacier-capped volcano, as well as providing the opportunity to see other nearby volcanoes. This park offers glorious mountain views and hiking trails, as well as the opportunity to see beautiful wildflower meadows if you travel at the right time of year.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
A visit to the Grand Canyon tops a lot of travelers’ bucket lists, with its access to stunning red rock formations and an opportunity to be on history’s doorstep. There are many maintained access points for the perfect viewing at the canyon, including Yavapai Observation Station, Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and Mather Point, meaning you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect spot to take a picture.