We have never had the United States on the top of our travel wish list. Except for the national parks. Since we had to cancel our Canadian road trip, and move it back a year we started thinking. Maybe next year we will make our trip longer to make up for lost time. So maybe we will head south of the border, pick up a car rental and hit up some national parks.
Whether you’re after flora, fauna or geological Yellowstone is a National Park that can meet everyone’s needs. It’s located in the heart of the Rocky Mountain Range and is Americas oldest National Park and with good reason. Holding some of the USA’s greatest natural wonders such as, ‘Old Faithful’ a powerful geyser and the Grand Prismatic Spring said to be the largest and arguably the most beautiful spring in Yellowstone, there won’t be a dull moment touring through this historical park.
Yosemite is another great American National Park. The main tourist attraction is the Yosemite Valley. Surrounded huge granite summits such as the picturesque half dome it is easy to see why. The valley provides the perfect starting point to any expedition with magical views and exciting hikes to breathtaking views of the surrounding country side. If you are feeling bold why not hike to the top of Yosemite falls, the sixth largest waterfall in the world. You won’t be disappointed.
No American National Park list would be complete without the famous Grand Canyon. Located in Arizona it is a geological marvel. Believe it or not it is possible to avoid the throngs of people by sticking to the hiking trails or even driving through the evergreen forest along the north rim. A cool fact is that you don’t need a ranger to guide you through the park. You are able to download two minute guides straight to your phone.
Located in Maui, Haleakala means ‘House of Sun’ in Hawaiian. The park is roughly 120 square kilometres taking up a big chunk of the island itself. The park was formed millennia ago by an asteroid impact. There’s plenty of hiking and camping options. There are two camp options in the crater itself and if you’re really keen to can make your way to the top of the mountain for what is said to be the best views of the island.
North Cascades Washington state
North Cascades is part of the North Cascades National Park Service; its partners – Ross Lake National Park and Lake Chelan National Recreational area – contain the majority of visitor facilities. The wilderness will draw in the most hardened city slicker with gorgeous scenery for even the most novice hikers. Of course where there are mountains there’s waterfalls. The western side of the range boasts an average yearly rainfall of 300cm! Make sure you have your camera packed for some great shots.