Across the United States, the 62 national parks typically welcome more than 300 million visitors each year, attracting both foreign and domestic individuals as well as their families to witness the natural beauty that the states have to offer. Through federal conservation efforts, these parks house and maintain unique natural features as well as countless species of wildlife. While traveling to the national parks may not be feasible right now, visiting them in the future to experience the unparalleled beauty within them is certainly worthwhile. Here are a few favorites among the national parks with truly unique and exciting characteristics you won’t want to miss.
Yellowstone National Park
As the world’s first national park, Yellowstone holds an impressive legacy, but even beyond this reputation, it presents a worthwhile experience for all of its visitors. Boasting 2.2 million acres of incredible geography, Yellowstone is a common destination for travelers with its immense bison population, its dynamic geysers, and its colorful hot springs.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Home to half of the world’s population of the tallest and longest-living trees, this national park provides a unique and humbling experience to its many annual visitors. With trees that reach heights of more than 300 feet and the world’s oldest living organism, a giant sequoia nicknamed General Sherman, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a truly unique location with awe-inspiring sights.
Arches National Park
Located in eastern Utah, Arches National Park features more than 2000 sandstone monuments in strange shapes spread across the landscape. This park is a popular destination for hikers, rock climbers, and photographers alike.
Grand Canyon National Park
The namesake of this national park is well known; spanning across 277 miles, the mile-deep gorge must be seen in person for visitors to grasp its immense, inspiring nature. When visiting, tourists may participate in hikes or horseback rides in the canyon; venturing to Havasu Falls to witness the unique turquoise waters is also a popular activity.
Haleakala National Park
Found on the island of Maui, Haleakala National Park boasts some incredibly vibrant terrain as well as a prime location to witness the sunrise; the name itself actually translates to “house of the rising sun,” and at 10,000 feet above sea level, the visitors center provides an incomparable platform for visitors to watch dawn break. There are also opportunities for visitors to hike inside the park’s crater and to observe the park’s numerous waterfalls.