The United States and Canada cover most of North America. Cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Toronto attract tourists from across the globe, however the continent’s national parks are absolutely not to be missed!
From the astonishing Grand Canyon to the otherworldly Bryce Canyon, North America’s national parks are among the most impressive in the world.
So if you want to get out of the city, be one with nature and see something truly unique, you need to pay a visit to these national parks as you make your way through beautiful North America.
Yosemite National Park is an unmissable natural spectacle in California and is definitely one to add to the bucket list. Over thousands of years, glaciers have shaped the rugged landscape, which covers an area of 3,027 km². Here, you can explore near-vertical cliffs that stand almost 3,000ft tall, complete with magnificent rock domes and waterfalls. There are also lots of forests filled with fir, cedar and oak trees. Bask in the beauty of Yosemite – just keep your eyes peeled for black bears!
Bryce Canyon National Park is arguably the most otherworldly park on our list. Here, you can discover red rocks, pink cliffs and explore endless vistas. It’s perhaps most famous for its high concentration of hoodoos, which are irregular columns of rock. Some of the best places to explore include the Navajo Loop Trail, the Rim Trail and the Queens Garden Trail - you’ll feel like you’ve left Earth.
Zion National Park
Prefer the idea of spending a few days surrounded by nature? There are plenty of campsites at Zion National Park in Utah. It’s located at the intersection of the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau. As a result, it has a unique ecosystem and provides a home to a diverse range of animals and plants. Explore the park by car, horseback or on foot. Whichever way you decide to travel, we guarantee you won't be disappointed.
If there’s any national park that truly deserves its name, it’s the Grand Canyon. Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon has been shaped by the Colorado River. Astonishingly, it’s up to 18 miles wide, one mile deep and 277 miles long, making it larger than the state of Rhode Island. The Grand Canyon National Park attracts over five million visitors per year, most of whom go on sightseeing tours. If you’re an adventure lover you can also hike, run and raft through the canyon.
Pacific Rim National Park
Covering an area of 511 km2, the Pacific Rim National Park is one of the best spots in Canada for nature-lovers. It comprises three distinct regions: the Broken Group Islands, Long Beach and the West Coast Trail, making it perfect for those who either want to spend the day on the sand or adventuring through the wilderness. As you explore the rainforests, look out for vegetation such as Sitka spruce, deer fern, red-cedar and western hemlock. If you’re lucky, you might spot a humpback whale in the sea or a wolf roaming through the rugged forests!
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