When many people plan a vacation, they think of all the exotic places that they can go. Some dream about white sandy beaches, safaris, or even backpacking through lost cities. What about those who want to stay close to home? What about planning your next summer trip to see what America has to offer. America has some of the best National Parks, offering visitors a look into history and into the wonders of nature. Instead of stressing about getting everyone in your family a passport on time, why don’t you take a look at the beauty that surrounds you?
No, this is not a college football stadium. Death Valley is the largest national park south of Alaska. Millions of people travel to California and Nevada each year to witness the National Park and the extremities that it faces. According to National Geographic, Death Valley is North America’s both driest and hottest spots. It gets less than two inches of rain each year and can reach temperatures of 134 degrees. It also has the lowest elevation in North America, resting 282 feet below sea level. Tourists can expect to visit a land that has lots of fascinating geographical features. It focuses on areas where rocks have been eroded, mudstone hills and canyons, Shoshone Indians, sand dunes, and a 200-square-mile salt pan
Located in Arizona is one of America’s best views into geographical history. Originally protected by Theodore Roosevelt, the park is now under the supervision of the Grand Canyon National Park, the Hualapai Tribal Nation and the Havasupai Indians. Visitors will be able to witness the beauty that the Colorado River has been able to create. Over the years, the canyon has also been a secret pilgrimage site for many Indian tribes. You can walk around the top of the canyons, take tours with a mule throughout the canyon walls, and even experience what the river has to offer. All you have to do is choose your level of excitement
This National Park is located in the eastern part of California. Recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1894, the park boasts many geographic features for tourists to explore. Within the park, tourists can expect to find cliffs, waterfalls, wildlife, and lots of beautiful scenery. Tourists are able to take a trail ride through the park, bike or hike, and even take a guided tour that will teach you everything that you want to know about those who have traveled through the park before you.
This National Park was recognized by President Grant in 1872. It is mainly located in Wyoming, but parts do reach into Montana and Idaho. Probably one of the main attractions of the park is Old Faithful, a geyser that shoots off every 91 minutes. It is one of the most predictable geysers around. Other park features let you camp out, and even drive though the park and discover nature at its best. While you are driving around, be careful of your surroundings; you never know when you are going to be side-by-side with a Bison or a mama bear and her cubs.
Breaking away from the other types of parks on the list, the Everglades will take you south to Florida. The everglades are known for being a natural region of subtropical wetlands. In the Everglades you can expect your mode of transportation to mainly involve water. Tourists can fish, go on a boat tour, or even experience life on a swampy buggy. Be prepared for a firsthand look into an untouched natural habitat.