9 Things in America’s National Parks You Have to See to Believe [Slideshow]
You could literally spend a lifetime exploring the incredible natural wonders of America’s national parks.
With 59 parks spread across diverse terrain, it’s not just all about waterfalls, forests and soaring mountain peaks either, though you’ll certainly see some of the best in the world.
The parks are peppered with everything from raging Geysers to frolicking wildlife and bizarre rock formations.
From Yellowstone’s famous landmarks to Alaska’s frozen landscapes, put one of America’s national parks on your itinerary and get ready to be awe-struck.
Wildlife, Kenai Fjords National Park
On the remote Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, the Kenai Fjords National Park is a haven for wildlife, on a backdrop of glaciers, fjords and mountain peaks. Here, you’ll see whales, arctic birds, sea otters and sea lions.
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
This famous sight constantly changes, depending on the season and the light. Delicate Arch is a 64-foot tall freestanding natural arch in Arches National Park, Utah. One of the most renowned geological features in the world, it sits among over 2000 other stone arches in the park.
Grand Teton Mountain Range, Grand Teton National Park
The Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming, offers the scenic peaks of the Teton Mountain Range, which began rising approximately 10 million years ago. This is an area for fantastic climbing and hiking through the rugged terrain.
Redwoods, Redwood National Park
Have you always wanted to gaze up at some of the tallest and oldest trees on earth? The Redwoods, of Redwood National Park in California, will make your dreams come true. It’s possible for the trees to live to 2000 years old and grow to over 300 free tall.
Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park
This cluster of towering sandstone creates one of the world’s most fascinating landscapes, in the Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona. Monument Valley, with it’s striking, deep colours and desolate desert is a symbol of America’s West.
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
The Glacier National Park is located in the state of Montana. It’s here that stunning Lake McDonald resides, with a mirror-like surface reflecting soaring mountain peaks. You’ll find hiking trails, wildlife and historic chalets among the scenery.
Giant Cacti, Saguaro National Park
Majestic, giant cacti rise from the earth in Arizona, protected by the Saguaro National Park. Silhouetted against the changing sunlight, the landscape provides endless happy snap opportunities. You can camp, hike and drive through the area.
Horseshoe Bend, Grand Cayon National Park
The Grand Canyon offers many natural wonders, however horseshoe bend is one of the most dramatic. The Colorado River winds around the bend, creating a scene best viewed from above. Sunset and sunrise are the most vivid times to visit, to see it in all its glory.
Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park
The famous Yellowstone National Park, spread across Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, is home the the other-worldly Grand Prismatic Spring. It’s the largest hot spring in the USA, deeper than a 10-story building, bigger than a football field and literally explodes with vibrant colour. Now that’s something that has to be seen, to be believed.