Walking into my neighbors’ home, you’ll find an array of snow globes scattered on shelves, countertops, and bureaus. Wherever they go, they bring home a snow globe to remember all the trips they’ve went on and places they’ve seen, which – let me tell you, is a lot!
My neighbors are a married couple in their 60s who have lived to travel together for the past 20 years. Through all their excursions, they always tell family and friends that the best places to see and experience are national parks.
It’s easy to understand why – between the natural landscapes, diverse environments, and cultural history, national parks provide a learning experience influenced by breathtaking scenery.
Compiling my neighbors’ expert advice and my own personal interest, some of our country’s best national parks are provided below for you to consider when planning your next trip!
Glacier National Park – Montana
Situated on the border of Montana and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, Glacier National Park contains over a million acres of terrain. A wild mix of mountains, valleys, and waterfalls make up the glacial-carved landscape.
While visiting Glacier, add the Going-to-the-Sun Road to your itinerary. The road stretches 50 miles long, crossing the Continental Divide and taking you for a sightseeing journey. Drive your own car or hop on a free shuttle, compliments of the park!
Whether you decide to walk, drive, bike, or boat through the Glacier, you certainly have a number of options to experience the nature and landforms around you. If you decide to go for a hike, you may just find yourself standing above Glacier’s famous Hidden Lake. Keep your eye out for mountain goats and grizzly bears!
Fun fact: Glacier’s nickname is “The Crown of the Continent” – how fitting!
Arches National Park – Utah
Utah is known for its rocky exterior, and Arches National Park captures Utah’s unique landscape beautifully throughout its 76,000 acres.
The most notable natural landform found within the park is its arches – hence the park’s name! Arches is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches – the highest density in the world! Perhaps you’ve heard of the world-famous Delicate Arch, which reaches 60 feet tall. The Delicate Arch is found on Utah license plates and postage stamps.
A desert and part of the Colorado Plateau, Arches is popular place for camping. The park has a 50-site campground as well as many others surrounding the park. Easy hiking trails are also scattered around the park, making it easier to bring the family along for the trip!
Everglades National Park– Florida
Located at the southern tip of Florida, Everglades National Park is one of largest tropical wildernesses in the country, encompassing over 1.5 million acres. Dominated by swamp water and the ecosystem it supports, Everglades is known for its wildlife, which includes, snakes, flamingos, fish, and of course – alligators.
Everglades is best experienced from outside your car, and the park provides many ways for you to do so. Biking and hiking are your best bets if you want to stay on land. If you really want to experience the wonders of Everglades, get on the water. Boating, canoeing, and kayaking are some of the best ways to get up close with the wildlife at Everglades.
Acadia National Park – Maine
With a coastal location and serene atmosphere, Acadia National Park is located on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Here, you can find a woodsy forest, rocky beaches, and tall granite peaks. The park is also home to a mix of land and water animals, including moose, bear, whales, and seabirds.
You can enjoy the scenery while driving across stone bridges and carriage roads. If you decide to be more active with your visit, Acadia has seven peaks above 1,000 feet and attract lots of hikers.
Acadia offers a number of different guided tours, including bicycle, boat, bus, and carriage. The park also runs programs and activities for kids to enjoy, if you plan of bringing some little ones along.
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