I recently got back from Banff and it made me really want to check out some US National Parks. Today we have a guest post in collaboration with 1Cover Travel Insurance that’s going to break down the 4 best national parks- which seems like a great place for me to start my research!
Who doesn’t love a National Park? They are places of such natural beauty, and a prime location for adventure. From hiking to snorkelling, star gazing to relaxing in the natural hot springs, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Just remember to check which activities are covered by your insurance provider before setting off because some of them have a high-risk factor.
1. Yellowstone National Park
Located in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, Yellowstone was the first national park in the US. Many agree that it was also the first national park in the world. This park is home to the largest supervolcano on the continent, Yellowstone Caldera, which is still classed as an active volcano. In fact, this is where you will find the great Yellowstone Lake. The park is also home to hundreds of species, including grizzly bears and wolves, the oldest and largest bison herd in the US, as well as several endangered or threatened species.
2. Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon can be found in Arizona and it’s home to some of the most iconic views around. The canyon itself is 277 river miles (446km) long, a mile (1.6km) deep, and up to 18 miles (29km) wide. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world and offers all sorts of adventures and opportunities. You can visit the Historic District, the Yavapai Museum of Geology, or walk the trails to explore the best viewpoints. The park offers camping and lodging, as well as a selection of restaurants, shops, a Post Office, and other amenities.
3. Sequoia National Park
California is home to the Sierra Nevada mountains, which is where you will find the Sequoia National Park. Famed for its huge Sequoia trees, the park is also home to the largest tree in the world – the General Sherman Tree, which stands at an impressive 83m tall. Other sites to visit include the Tunnel Tree, Crystal Cave, and Moro Rock. Whether you choose to travel through the park by car or on foot, there are plenty of scenic rest points where you can breathe in the peace and calm and take in the stunning views.
4. Zion National Park
Zion National Park can be found in southern Utah and it’s famed for its steep red cliffs. In the park you can partake in canyoneering, horseback riding, hiking and cycling. Angels Landing is one of the world’s most famous hiking trails, but you can also hike to the stunning Emerald Pools and explore Lady Mountain, Red Arch Mountain, and the Great White Throne. Many different species and varieties of animals and plants can be found in the park’s four life zones – desert, woodland, riparian and coniferous forest.
The US is home to some phenomenal national parks and natural beauties. National Geographic has put together a list of helpful tips for travelling to the parks, which is well worth a read. The most important thing to remember when visiting a park is to respect it. Be aware of all around you, keep an eye out for wildlife (and keep at a safe distance), and know your limits.
I hope you enjoyed this park and you’re feeling inspired to check out a national park!