The USA has some amazing national parks and today, we share the best USA national parks and tips for visiting the national parks.
The Best USA National Parks
REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK
Known as the home of the tallest trees in the world, Redwood National Park has fascinated me since I was a child. It has an amazing rugged coastline to explore, wild riverways and has been home to people for thousands of years.
Summer is high season in Redwood National Park, with most visitors heading here in June, July or August. The temperature is warm and, because of the large size of the park, it rarely feels crowded. Although summer is a great time to visit, Fall offers milder temperatures and is a beautiful time to visit the forest but just remember to bring layers and a rain jacket.
There are plenty of ways to get to Redwood National Park but we recommend renting a car and exploring the nearby cities and parks too.
ARCTIC NATIONAL PARK
Approximately the size of Switzerland, the Arctic National Park is virtually untouched by man with no rail lines or roads – witness the empty mountains and meadows and gorgeous aurora lights.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
With beauty everywhere you turn, the Yellowstone National Park is one of the most visited in America. This national park is complete with a selection of animals and one of the largest active super volcanoes in the world.
Additionally – whilst you’re on the West Coast, make sure you head down south to visit the Petrified Tree National Park, Joshua Tree – simply stunning.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
A popular choice for hikers, this Colorado based national park is a photographers dream. Visit during the winter for a spectacular view.
This national park isn’t actually a canyon but a group of cone shaped giant stone protruding from the ground. Visit as sunrise to really appreciate the gorgeous colours.
Arguably the most well known National park in America, the Grand Canyon sees nearly five million visitors every year. Take in the breathtaking colours of sedimentary rocks.
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK
Located in Arizona, this national park is full of cactus across a desert park. Avoid visiting in the summer- temperatures can get incredibly high.
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
Visit these naturally formed arches in Utah and admire the incredible natural design and sandstone colours.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Visit Montana’s plunging waterfalls and crystal clear lakes in the Glacier National Park.
ZION NATIONAL PARK
This one is a vast national park that offers stunning aerial views, incredible sandstone canyons and beautiful emerald pools.
What to pack
- No matter where we travel to, I always take these trusty hand sanitizer’s and a mini first aid kit.
- We love these toiletry bags (especially great for smaller bathrooms) and choose a laptop bag like this as our hand luggage.
- We keep our devices charged on long travel days with these lightweight battery packs and bring these worldwide travel adaptors on all our trips.
- I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these, over backpack and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport.
- We LOVE this camera for our travel photography.
- For a cheap, easy and compact camera, we use this to vlog and take photographs.
- We use this travel drone (but make sure to check drone laws in your chosen destination first).
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