The Best Places to Visit in the United States for Exploring National Parks

Many US national parks are real gems and natural wonders, placing them anong the best places to visit in the United States. Some of the most breathtaking natural scenery and fauna can be found in these protected areas. They provide an opportunity to get back in touch with nature and get away from the stress of daily life. National parks have plenty to offer everyone, whether you're an experienced hiker or a casual tourist.

Some of the world's most stunning and interesting national parks can be found in the United States. From the soaring peaks of the Rockies to the glistening waters of the many breathtaking lakes, there is a national park for everyone. Our top picks include the following:

1. Yellowstone National Park.

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This is one of the first national parks established in the world. Yellowstone is a true natural wonder known for its geysers, hot springs, and untamed wilderness. Numerous hiking, camping, fishing, and animal viewing options are available in the park, which is also home to a diverse range of wildlife. One of the most well-known geysers in the world, Old Faithful, is a must-see with regular outbursts that can reach heights of up to 184 feet. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is one of the park's numerous must-see attractions, as are its lakes, canyons, geysers and rivers.

A quaint place to stay with lots of wildlife for you to enjoy is the Secret Cottage in Cody or another very popular choice for couples, is a bungalow at the Fireside Resort. There is also so much to see and do in Yellowstone National Park and you could take one of many guided tours if you want.

2. Yosemite National Park.

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One of the tallest waterfalls in North America, Yosemite Falls, can be found at this World Heritage Site. It is also known for its picturesque granite cliffs and cascading waterfalls. The Park provides a range of activities, including horseback riding, hiking, and rock climbing. The national park offers visitors the opportunity to explore the park's natural resources, history, and culture. Additionally, tourists can embark on picturesque drives like the Tioga Road, which provides sweeping vistas of the park's topography.

The Oakhurst Inn at Yosemite is one of the most affordable and conveniently located options for accommodation when visiting the Yosmite National Park. It is also a child friendly option with a great pool for the children to tire themselves out playing in.

3. Zion National Park.

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Famous for its breathtaking red rock cliffs and canyons, this park is must-see. It provides a wide range of activities, including rock climbing, hiking, camping, and canyoneering. Angels' Landing and The Narrows, two of the most well-known hiking routes in the country, can be found in the park. The Park is also home to the well-known Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, which provides stunning views of the surroundings. If you need a guided tour, there are many available for every possible preference, but we personally believe exploring this park on your own is the right way to go.

A great accommodation option for your trip to Zion National Park is Zion View Camping, and for those of you who dislike camping don’t worry it is more like a hotel room with a tent covering. Luxury camping, at a reasonable price, so to say. Still not convinced? Then stay at the wonderful children friendly and affordable Quality Inn Kanab National Park Area where you can relax in the pool after a hard days hiking.

4. Grand Canyon National Park.

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This world-famous national park is renowned for its enormous size and breathtaking scenery. It is a true natural wonder. Hiking, biking, or enjoying a picturesque drive along Desert View Drive are all options for visitors to experience the park. A different and thrilling way to explore the park is through river rafting expeditions on the Colorado River, which flows through the canyon.

For a different experience in accommodation, there is the wonderful Wander Camp Grand Canyon with it’s great connection to nature where you can sit outside and stare at the stars as your meal slowly cooks on the barbeque. Alternatively, you could organize yourself a cottage at the Dumplin Patch Bed & Breakfast which is very private and cozy.

5. Glacier National Park.

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The marine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides opportunities for adventure, a living laboratory for observing the ebb and flow of glaciers, and a chance to study life as it returns in the wake of retreating ice. The park has snow-capped mountain ranges rising to over 15,000 feet, coastal beaches with protected coves, deep fjords, tidewater glaciers, coastal and estuarine waters, and freshwater lakes.

Glacier National Park is a true natural wonder known for its magnificent glaciers, alpine meadows, and craggy mountain peaks. The Park provides many activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, and scenic driving routes. A must-see is the 50-mile-long Going-to-the-Sun Road, which travels through the park and provides stunning views of the surroundings. Additionally, the park is home to numerous lakes with boating and fishing options, over 700 miles of hiking trails, and more.

We found a lot of great accommodation in the area including Wonderstone at Glacier, the Grouse Mountain Lodge, and the Islanders Inn to name a few.

6. Rocky Mountain National Park.

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The Park, which is well-known for its imposing peaks, alpine lakes, and a variety of species, provides tourists with a wide range of recreational options. Over 350 kilometers of paths spanning a variety of habitats, including forests, meadows, and alpine tundra, are available in the park. Visitors can also take scenic drives like Trail Ridge Road. This gives breathtaking views of the park's landscapes and is the highest continuous paved road in the United States.

Places to stay that we can recommend include Blue Door Inn with it’s wonderful mountain views or Grand Lake Lodge with its views of Grand Lake with the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

7. Acadia National Park.

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Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park is a popular tourist destination because of its stunning beaches, rough shoreline, and hiking trails. The Precipice Trail, one of the park's several hiking paths, offers a strenuous hike with stunning views of the park's coastline. The park is a fantastic location for photographers and offers chances for birdwatching, camping, and picnicking.

As mentioned under the section on the best beaches to visit in the United States, one of the most popular ways that people explore this wonderful place is through the Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

The go to place to stay for experience service and customer satisfaction as well as great prices for the area is the The Inn on Mount Desert. The Inn is about a mile and a half from the park and has great activities for keeping everyone busy including a billiards room and a fitness centre. But the highlight of your morning at the inn is their amazing continental breakfast.

8. Grand Teton National Park.

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Located in the state of Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, animals, and hiking opportunities. It gives a special and lovely wilderness experience. The Grand Teton, the Teton Range's tallest peak, and numerous other summits above 13,000 feet can be found in the park. The Park offers hiking opportunities, fishing opportunities in its alpine rivers and lakes, and magnificent mountain range views. In addition, camping, wildlife viewing, and rock climbing are all possible in the park.

A great place to stay nearby is Mountain Modern Motel in Jackson Wyoming which has a lovely swimming pool and great rooms. There are so many great activities available such as a Dogsledding Tour, the 7-Mile Snake River Float and the spectacular Grand Tetons Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tour, among many others.

9. Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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This National Park which is situated in Ohio, is renowned for its picturesque railways, cycling and hiking trails, and varied wildlife. A variety of recreational activities are available in the park, including horseback riding, biking, and hiking on its many trails. Visitors can also enjoy a picturesque ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The Park is an excellent spot for wildlife viewing because it is home to numerous historic structures as well as a variety of birds and other animals.

There are a myriad of accommodation options nearby but we suggest staying at the nearby lake Erie and trying to get in at the extremely popular Anchor Inn Boutique Hotel or alternatively the South Shore Inn with it’s wonderful child friendly swimming pool

10. Joshua Tree National Park.

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Joshua Tree National Park has a variety of recreational options, including hiking, rock climbing, and wildlife viewing. The Park is famous for its distinctive Joshua trees, rock formations, and desert scenery. The Joshua tree, after which the park is named, is only one of the unusual desert plants and creatures that call the park home. Visitors can explore the park's numerous hiking paths and rock-climbing routes in addition to taking picturesque drives through it.

A superb place to stay nearby is the Tuscan Springs Hotel & Spa with its volcanically heated mineral water hot tub, and its lovely outdoor pool. Another great option is the The Kosmic Tortoise which offers a stunning alternative in a dome structure with magnificent views and a romantic feel.

Visiting national parks can change your life, but you should be ready for it. The Park you want to visit and the kind of activity you want to undertake will determine the optimum time to go. For example, summer is the ideal time to explore Glacier National Park, while spring and fall are excellent months to explore the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. A sturdy set of hiking boots, a warm jacket, and lots of water are other essential items to take.

I will always remember my first trip to Yosemite National Park. The granite cliffs and gushing waterfalls in the park are stunning, and I was in awe of them. I hiked up Half Dome, and the vista was simply spectacular from the top. The granite cliffs towering above me, the clear sky, and the valley's reverberating sound of waterfalls. It was an extremely humble moment. I will never forget the experience, and I'm thankful I got to see such unadulterated beauty in nature.

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