When you're over in the US, one of the best things to do is visit the famous national parks where you get to see the preserved natural wonders; each park offers unique views. Recently a former National Geographic photographer visited every national park and tabulated the ones most likely to take your breath away.
Image from Don Graham.
Jonathan Irish, who used to photograph the outdoors, lays out what makes his favourite national parks spectacular and what you'll see during your visit:
- Badlands National Park: A more isolated park, you can walk out onto the badlands and see few people in the flat land that stretches around you.
- Arches National Park: With thousands of red rock arches for you to wander through, you won't find landscapes like this in many other national parks.
- Sequoia National Park: Surrounding yourself with towering redwoods is an easy way to feel immersed in nature, and Sequoia has many trails for you to walk where redwoods abound.
- Grand Tetons National Park: This park is fantastic to visit in fall because it is filled with various tree varieties that turn bright colours as the weather cools, creating a sharp contrast between the trees and the mountains around them.
- Yosemite National Park: Jonathan recommends hiking Panorama Trail to get amazing views of famous Yosemite landmarks like Half Dome.
Some of these parks are visually stunning because of the grandeur of their landscapes and some hold unique views you won't find at other parks. For more park recommendations, and what makes them special, hit the link below.