A country that is comprised of 50 states, with various terrain, that runs between the Atlantic and Pacific ocean is bound to have some amazing natural formations. Yes, I am talking about the United States. Luckily, many areas have been designated as national parks. Each park is breathtaking and fascinating, with unique landscapes and sprawling wilderness.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is a nature-lovers heaven. It has everything one could ever want: waterfalls, valleys, meadows and great trees. The park is nearly 1,200 square miles and is home to a wide variety of species. More than 4 million people visit Yosemite each year. Visitors can participate in activities like rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. The most popular destinations are the Tunnel view, which is the first view of the valley for many visitors and El Capitan, a granite cliff that rises over Yosemite Valley.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is the first national park established in the U.S. The park spans across the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and is known for its beautiful landscape, diverse wildlife and geothermal features. The most visited feature is the Old Faithful Geyser. The Geyser erupts every 44-125 minutes. Yellowstone is home to many different animal species and offers numerous recreational opportunities such as camping, boating and fishing.
Grand Canyon National Park
Located in northwestern Arizona, covering over 1,900 square miles, the Grand Canyon National Park’s main feature is the Grand Canyon. The grand canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, and with its wondrous rocky views and vast wilderness to trek, the Canyon is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. home to an extensive system of tributary canyons and multiple ecosystems.
Arches National Park
Located in eastern Utah, and adjacent to the Colorado River, Arches National Park is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. The most popular and famous arch is called the Delicate Arch. The Delicate Arch, along with many other arches in the Park, were created by sandstone that gradually wore away from a sandstone fin. The Delicate Arch is a 65-foot-tall free standing arch, and is pictured on Utah’s license plates.
Everglades National Park
Unlike most National Parks that protect geographical features (such as mountains and rivers), Everglades National Park protects an ecosystem. The park consists of a network of wetlands and forests that are home to 36 threatened or protected species, such as the Florida Panther, American Crocodile, and West Indian Manatee. On top of the endangered species, the park is home to many other animals: 350 species of birds, 300 species of fish, 40 species of mammals, and 50 species of reptiles.