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The 10 Best National Parks In America

With over 60 National Parks in the USA to explore, it can be hard to know which ones are the best National Parks in America. Whether you want deep canyons, glaciers, lakes or mountains, there’s a park for all adventure tastes.

You can find a park by each state here, or check out the very best with our handy guide.

Best National Parks in America 2019

1. Badlands National Park – South Dakota

Its dramatic landscapes feature rock formations, steep canyons and towering spires. Drive the Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) to cruise past scenic lookouts.

2. Acadia National Park – Maine

One of the most visited parks in the United States, it’s located on Mount Desert Island and has endless scenic landscape photography options.

3. Yosemite National Park – California

Home to Half Dome, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls, and some of the world’s biggest and oldest trees, this iconic national park is unmissable.

4. Glacier National Park – Montana

The magnificent Glacier Park is where you’ll find the beautiful Wild Goose island rising from the middle of the lake and surrounding mountains.

5. Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming

You’ll find the Morning Glory pool here: a hot spring in the Yellowstone Upper Geyser Basin of the United States that’s a kaleidoscope of colours. It looks different every time you see it – so pretty.

6. The Grand Canyon – Arizona

Does this need any explanation? It’s easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark—a natural wonder you must see to believe. This will always be considered one of the best National Parks in America.

7. Mount Rainier – Washington

This National Park is famous for its yearly Superbloom. Mount Rainer’s renowned wildflowers bloom for a limited amount of time every year, around July. The beautiful flowers blanket the mountain in every colour of the rainbow.

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8. Canyonlands National Park – Utah

A gorgeous dramatic rocky landscape that merges with the desert. When the sun is at its brightest there’s some wonderful photo opportunities. This is a great spot for hiking. You’ll soon agree it’s one of the best national parks in America.

best national parks America

9. Big Bend National Park

This magical park in Far West Texas is one of the most iconic places in the whole of the USA and a place you could spend hours wandering around admiring. A highlight here is taking the short walk into Santa Elena Canyon.

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10. Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the country. With huge peaks in every direction, it’s breathtaking. It can get busy during summer, so arrive before 9am or after 3pm to beat the crowds.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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