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National Parks USA

Yosemite National Park
U.S. National Parks, Stunning Beauty and Variety

It’s impossible to completely convey in a single article the stunning beauty and variety of the U.S. National Parks. They range over the moonscape-like areas of the Badlands in South Dakota and the Petrified National Forest in Arizona to the lush greenery of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee or Crater Lake, Oregon. In between […]

Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park

If you want to get a great idea of what South Dakota looked like millions of years ago, come visit Badlands National Park. Eons of wind and water have created deep canyons and high buttes where dinosaurs once roamed freely. Parts look like the dead surface of the moon. Others are so filled with life […]

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park

There are some sights and sites that words will never properly describe. Yosemite National Park is in that class. But that is about the only group it’s in because this magnificent natural wonder is otherwise in a class by itself. True, there are dozens of National Parks, many of them heavily forested and offering mountains […]

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park

Only an hour from bustling Miami is one of America’s most unusual parks. Covering over a million and a half acres in southern Florida, The Everglades National Park is a wilderness wonderland. Filled with plant and animal life in abundance, it houses one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Freshwater sloughs provide a home to […]

Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

At just over 400 square miles (nearly 266,000 acres), Rocky Mountain National Park isn’t the largest in the system by any means. But any of its millions of annual visitors will agree there is none finer. One of the main reasons has to be granted to Trail Ridge Road. Crossing the park from east to […]

Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Teton National Park gets its name from the high, jagged mountain in Wyoming that forms the centerpiece of the area. But that description doesn’t begin to capture the scenic glory of this park. Perfect hiking trails, glorious rivers, and vast plains of breathtaking beauty greet the visitor at every turn. There are over […]

White Sands National Monument
White Sands National Monument

The name of the White Sands National Monument is well chosen. The sparkling white grains of gypsum that cover the whole area gives off an eerie glow as the wind brushes over them. But there is much more that is inviting about this natural wonder in New Mexico. Located in the Tularosa Basin, it offers […]

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Visitors to Hawaii often have something other than visiting a park on their minds. Yet, this island state offers one of the most unusual national parks in the system: the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The park covers nearly 505 mi²/1350 km² and has several distinct ecosystems. Here, explorers can find the results of over 70 […]

Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park

Sometimes, over millions of years of being exposed to the elements, wood eventually turns to something like stone. That obscure fact of chemistry takes on a whole new dimension in the Petrified National Park in Arizona. Here, visitors can find some of nature’s most beautiful colors, along with its most fascinating ancient sights. The Badlands […]

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park

The desert is often thought of as a dry, lifeless place. But look closer and you’ll see that Joshua Tree National Park is, in fact, teeming with life. Joshua Tree is located in the San Bernardino desert in Southern California. But, like much of that portion of the state, it is far different from the […]

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