Some of the world’s most magnificent landscapes are located closer than you think. America is home to a myriad of national parks that welcome millions of visitors each year. To help you narrow it down, here are five you should definitely put on your travel bucket list. Prepare to be amazed!
Yellowstone: Considered the flagship of the National Park Service, Yellowstone rests atop a volcanic hot spot, which fuels its hot springs and gushing geysers, including Old Faithful. This lush wilderness is also home to breathtaking canyons and angler-worthy rivers.
Grand Canyon: The gorge of the Colorado River occupies pride of place in this iconic park, which is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. President Theodore Roosevelt perhaps described it best when he said, “The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled through-out the wide world.”
Bryce Canyon: Ever heard of hoodoos? These tent rocks, also called earth pyramids, are the hallmark of Utah’s sprawling Bryce Canyon. Crimson rock has been chiseled by wind and water over time to form these surreal, spectacular structures. Don’t miss the Bryce Amphitheater, containing some of the park’s most famous formations.
Yosemite: The ancient sequoias of Yosemite, situated within the Sierra Nevada Mountains, are only part of the allure of this park, which also dazzles visitors with its thundering waterfalls, iconic overlooks, crystal clear rivers and fascinating array of wildlife.
Grand Tetons: The magnificent Teton mountain range is something you have to see to believe. The park also encompasses the awe-inspiring, 4,000-meter Grand Teton and beautiful Jackson Hole. While there is something for everyone, this park promises a mountaineering experience like no other!
Check back in the coming months for a more in-depth look at each of these national treasures.
Join us as AAA presents Discover the National Parks of the West on January 12, 2016.
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