Taking a break from the daily life is very essential in these days of hectic schedules, pressing deadlines and ever increasing targets. And there can be never be a better way to unwind than spending some time in the lap of nature. There are many choices and one of the best choices is spending some time in any of the 58 great national parks that USA has to offer.
Each of these national parks has its own specialty but by way of popularity, here are ten most well known national parks in USA that may attract you.
1.Arches National Park
The Arches National Park, situated in the state of Utah, is famous for having the largest concentration of natural arches in one area.
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In fact there are over 2000 natural sandstone arches and the aim of setting up the national park was mainly to preserve these natural wonders. The most famous of these arches is the Delicate Arch which has almost become a signature sign for Utah. There are numerous geological formations ranging from balanced rocks to pinnacles and fins lying all around the park.
2. Denali National Park
The Denali National Park is situated in Alaska, the state with the most picturesque locations. It is home to the highest mountain in America, Mt. McKinley.
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It is this mountain that is called Denali by the native Athabascan Indians and that is from where the park gets its name. The area is a massive 6 million acres and it is bisected centrally by the Alaska Range. The national park protects some of the most well known animals of America, the grizzly, moose, caribou and wolves.
3. Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon is a natural wonder and it can be best enjoyed from the Grand Canyon National Park. The national park is divided into two areas, the North Rim and the South Rim.
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The canyon is over a mile deep and the landscape is such overwhelming that even the best of writers and poets have failed to describe it. When visiting the Grand Canyon National Park, never fail to have the experience of a lifetime by walking over the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a man-made structure with a glass floor that juts out off the cliff over a precarious drop.
4. Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is home of some of the most breathtaking mountain views. Situated in the state of Wyoming and in the Rocky Mountains, Teton lies just south of the Yellowstone National Park.
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The stunning views of almost the entire Rockies are often the subjects of thousands of breathtaking photographs. It is also the playground for the thrill seekers as it has numerous sites for rock climbing and skiing and numerous picturesque trails. Though there are a number of wildlife species on view at the Grand Teton National Park, the most famous inhabitants of this region are the elks, moose, bison and the bald eagle.
5. Mount Rushmore National Park
Mount Rushmore may be called a national park, but it is actually the National Memorial that has been taken over by the U.S. National Park Services.
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The park is famous for the huge sculptures of the bust of the four U.S. Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Almost 2 to 3 million people visit the site the every year and that proves its popularity.
6. Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is in the state of California and it protects the legendary, massive redwood trees. These trees measuring above 300 feet in height and more than 20 feet in diameter can live up to 2000 years.
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However, these beautiful giants were falling prey to lumbering and in 1968, the Government stepped in to save the remaining few clusters of these trees. Apart from the Redwoods many other endangered species live in this forest and the three rivers cutting across the forest harbor a variety of species living in water.
7. Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is another of the parks that offers some great mountain views of the Rockies. The park is divided by the Continental Divide into two regions with to different landscapes.
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While the eastern side is drier and heavily glaciated, the western side is greener with the forested area. The park is very popular among the backpackers, hikers, climbers and campers. There are plenty of animals and birds that reside in the park.
8. Smoky Mountains National Park
The Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited national parks with almost 9 to 10 million visitors making it to the park every year. The year round accessibility and proximity to some of the big U.S. cities are the reasons for such popularity.
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There are over 100 species of birds, and 50 types of native fish. The Appalachian Trail passes through this park and there are various great points for catching breathtaking sights. Morton Overlook is one such site for watching some great sunsets. Driving around the park brings more and more of such great views into sight.
9. Yellowstone National Park
The oldest national park in USA and one of the oldest protected areas in the country, Yellowstone National Park is famous for many things.
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But the best known icon of the park is the Old Faithful, a geyser that spouts water at such a regular interval that one can almost follow it by the clock. The attractions of the park are many such geysers, hot springs, etc. The Yellowstone National Park is the core of the larger Yellowstone Ecosystem and home to a number of animals and birds.
10. Yosemite National Park
The first picture that comes to mind when one speaks of Yosemite are the spectacular landscapes of the towering half-dome and other immense granite cliffs, many crystal clear streams and waterfalls.
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There are over 800 miles of hiking trail and 1600 miles of stream within the national park. There are over 300 species of vertebrates including 17 species of bats. But the purpose of the government to protect this land is not only for its flora and faun but also to protect the scenic beauty of the place that generations of people can enjoy.