North America is the third largest continent on earth and home to an incredible wealth of natural beauty and biodiversity. Millions of visitors from within and abroad flock to the various national parks in the USA to appreciate the out-of-this-world landscapes.

Here you’ll find everything from dense, verdant forests and breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges to impressive rock formations and stunning coastlines. Not to mention the wildlife species found nowhere else on earth.

How many national parks are in the USA?

North America is a massive continent with vast stretches of wild land between highly populated cities and suburbs.

The USA has 63 official national parks which incapsulate some of the most diverse and breath-taking wilderness anywhere on earth.

Which is the largest national park in the US?

The largest national park in the US is Wrangell-St. Elias in Alaska.

The park covers more than 33,500 square kilometres and is home to a variety of wildlife species. These include; Alaskan bears, wolves, moose, bison and carabou, while seals, sea lions and salmon live in it’s waterways.

Here are the 17 most spectacular national parks in the United States of America:

Acadia National Park

Spanning over 47,000 acres of rugged Atlantic coast, Acadia National Park lies was declared a national park in 1919. Located in Maine, most of the park in Mount Desert Island, and features rugged coastline, verdant forests, lakes and breathtaking mountains.

The 17 Most Beautiful National Parks In the United States
Acadia National Park

The land on which the park sits was donated by local people who wanted to see it protected and is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with miles of hiking trails and carriage roads perfect for scenic strolls.

It offers various moments of serenity, such as early morning swims in Echo Lake, and adventure, like hanging off cliffs on the Beehive Trail.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a Californian treasure made up of almost 750,000 acres and famous for its magnificent waterfalls. The park also features impressive granite cliffs, glaciers, vast valleys, lush meadows and giant sequoia trees, plus lakes and rivers that combine to create some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery anywhere on earth. As if the flora wasn’t enough, lucky visitors can also spot some of the various animal species like: black bears, mountain lions, pikas and bats.

The 17 Most Beautiful National Parks In the United States
Yosemite National Park

Must-see attractions include the massive granite slopes, Half Dome and El Capitan as well as some of the highest waterfalls on earth. Popular activities include hiking along one of the many trails and swimming in one of the area’s picturesque bodies of water.

Arches National Park

Located north of Moab, in southeastern Utah, Arches National Park features roughly 76,000 acres of vibrant desert landscape, littered with more than 2,000 natural red rock arches. To qualify as an arch, the opening must be at least 1 metre (3 ft) wide.

The 17 Most Beautiful National Parks In the United States
Arches National Park

Arches was originally dubbed national park status in 1971, and is a popular location for thrill seekers and instagrammers chasing for a bucket-list shot.

Popular activities include hiking, biking, climbing, off-roading or camping and must-see attractions include the Delicate Arch, Devils Garden and Fiery Furnace, a labyrinth of narrow passages produced by sandstone fins.

Glacier National Park

With over one million acres of protected Montana land, Glacier National Park is one of the most breathtaking national parks in the United States.

The park is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with majestic peaks, lakes, alpine meadows and glacier-carved valleys with various types of trees and vegetation.

Glacier National Park

Here there is something for every explorer with over 1,100 kilometres (700 miles) of hiking trails and historic chalets and lodges. Wildlife lovers can also be on the lookout for a variety of big game species including; elk, grizzly bears, wolves and mountain goats that call the area home.

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon in Arizona, is a breathtaking desert national park and UNESCO world heritage site. Classified as a national park in 1919, the canyon cradles two billion years of geological history with 40 layers of ancient rock.

The Grand Canyon

Carved out by the Colarado River, the 446 kilometre (277 mile) gorge provides an epic view from the top, but the real adventure lies within the canyon, where you’ll find multiple hiking trails and river experiences, and a variety of wildlife species.

Look out for elk herds, mountain lions and majestic condors, plus the 1,000 species of plants that survive in the semi-arid desert.

Grand Teton National Park

Found in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park comprises of 310,000 acres of pristine American landscape. With majestic peaks that shoot up from the land, clear lakes and lush forests, the park is bound to impress all of its two million yearly visitors.

Grand Teton is also home to an impressive cultural history that can be explored through various old homesteads and ranches.

Grand Teton National Park

Towering 7,000 feet above the valley floor and provides a wide variety of outdoor activites. In the winter, visitors come to snowshoe or cross-country ski through the backcountry trails. In the summer, hikers explore the 320 kilometres (200 miles) of trails and scale rugged granite peaks. The Snake River is a hub for river-rafters, pelican-watchers and trout fishermen.

Along with the natural elements and outdoor activities, Grand Teton National Park is also home to a great variety of wildlife with species such as: bison, elk, moose and bald eagles, regularly spotted.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States, and is home to some of the oldest mountains in the world.

Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Straddling both Tennessee and North Carolina, the national park stretches over 500,000 acres, comprised of dense forest, with 1,600 species of vegetation that blankets the mountains and creates a visual experience like no other.

Keen outdoor adventurers can enjoy a variety of scenic hiking trails, explore breathtaking waterfalls or watch wild animals as they go about their lives, while culture-lovers take in one of the largest collections of historic log buildings in the country.

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