5 Must Visit National Parks
Nature is something we truly tend to take advantage of today. We cut trees down and displace the homes of animals and wildlife just to build concrete buildings, cookie cutter homes, and multi-level parking lots. What about the world before all of the hustle and bustle? We’ve read the stories of Thoreau who praised the beauty of his haven by the water in Walden. We know that there is something special about the simplicity of the natural world that we were given. There are some places in the world that have maintained that sanctity of nature and the true beauty it has to offer.
National parks are public places where the land and its inhabitants are secured, protected and preserved. It is because of these parks that we have been able to hold onto the threads of that natural world before we fully evolve into a world of microchips and autonomous services. These little pieces of heaven on Earth can be found sprinkled all across the globe. Here are five of the must-see national parks around the world.
- Serengeti National Park
When you think “national park” you are thinking Serengeti National Park. It is the quintessential idea of vast free land with wild animals roaming. Located in Tanzania in East Africa, this park spans over 5,700 square miles. It encompasses everything that you visualize when you imagine embarking on an African safari. With a sea of golden grass, intertwining streams and rivers, and the sounds of lions, monkeys and giraffes moving across their native territory, it is truly a sight to be seen. The best way to get around this park is by safari, where you can be guided throughout the park. There are several places to lodge, but they might cost you a pretty penny. You also have the option to pitch a tent at the park’s campsite if that is more your style.
- Yellowstone National Park
In the heart of the United States lays a gem known as Yellowstone National Park. The park is located in Wyoming, and is an experience for just about anyone. One of the most famous aspects of Yellowstone are the intense geyser streams of piping hot water aimed into the sky. It’s 3,000-mile landscape brings sights of mountains, geysers, waterfalls, canyons and more with animals like buffalo, bears and elk. Bing Crosby’s “Home on the Range” begins to ring when we think of the beautiful west landscape that encompasses Yellowstone National Park. This is a place where you will want to do your own camping and cook your own food, the old-school way. There are quite a few lodging options, but they will be more expensive than the camping option.
- Galapagos Islands
Most popularly known as the birthplace of Charles Darwin’s most notable scientific theory of evolution. These islands are mesmerizing and exotic in both landscape and the creatures that call it home. Located about 600 miles of the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos feature about 15 different isles. They are so many different things and places to explore on these enchanted islands. You can check out the Charles Darwin Research Station, head over to Santa Cruz Island to see the dome shaped tortoises at the El Chato Tortoise Reserve, or hang with the sea lions on San Cristobal. The only downside is the hefty $100 fee to enter the park.
- Yosemite National Park
This is another beautiful park located in the west of the United States. This Californian paradise takes up about 1,200 square miles. The landscape is home to waterfalls, towering Sequoia trees, cliffs and rocks and some of the most beautiful hiking trails. Camping is definitely an option at this park, while there are also lodging options a little further outside of the park. One perk about this location is the free public transit system.
- Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is home to a wide variety of animal friends like buffalo, lions, leopards, crocodiles, hippos, rhinos and more. Located about 260-miles outside of Johannesburg, this national park is a key tourist spot in South Africa. Given its location, the flora is just as bountiful as the fauna. The famous baobab and marula trees are spread throughout the savanna landscape. Like most African national parks, this is a great place to explore via safari. Unlike the Serengeti, the U.S. dollar is not accepted in this South African park.