Park Adventures in the USA
The USA has over 55 national parks offering an abundance of wildlife and spectacular scenery. Yosemite has a pristine alpine environment, Yellowstone is known for its flurry of wildlife but the Grand Canyon is still the most famous. Here's some of our favourites....
Yosemite National Park
Covering 3,026 square kilometres, this popular park attracts around 3.7 million visitors a year. The park is famous worldwide for its awe-inspiring granite cliffs. Almost 95 percent of the park is designated wilderness, and 18 square kilometres of Yosemite Valley is a World Heritage site. Yosemite is a great place to spot squirrels, foxes, black bears, mule deer, bobcats and skinks.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains (known as the Great Smokies, or the Smokies, due to the natural fog that hangs over them and appears from a distance as smoke), has twice as many visitors as any other National Park in the US. The Smokies is famous for its dense black bear population, but elks, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, boars, otters, squirrels and bats are also about, so keep a good eye out.
Denali National Park
Denali National Park, around 380 kilometres north of Anchorage, is home to Alaska’s “Big Five”; bears, wolves, dall sheep, caribou and moose. This thriving landscape offers a plethora of sights including towering granite spires and snowy summits, backed by the dominating Mt McKinley, standing 20,237 feet in height and one of the most amazing sights in Alaska.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is a playground for lovers of the great outdoors, bursting at its borders with volcanoes, canyons, lakes, rivers, grasslands, forests and mountain ranges. It was designated as a national park in 1872 and is widely thought of as the first national park in the world. The park is home to many fascinating geothermal features, one of the most popular attractions being Old Faithful Geyser. When it comes to wildlife spotting, you’re most likely to see an impressive array of birdlife, and bison, the Yellowstone Park bison herd being the oldest and largest in US. Grizzly bears, wolves and elk also live in the park but make a habit of keeping out of the way when humans are around.
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park is dominated by its mighty canyon. Carved into shape by the mighty Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is the most spectacular gorge in the world. Its width ranges from a relatively small 500m to up to 30 kilometres. The park has so much more to offer – geologists have been able to trace 2 billion years of the earth’s history in the canyon, over 1,000 plant species have been identified so far in the park, there are over 2,600 prehistoric ruins and a diverse range of wildlife including elk, mountain lions, bighorn sheep, coyotes, bald eagles and so much more.
Want to discover some of these great national parks for yourself?
Our new National Park Lodges tour visits Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. Click here to view the tour.
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