No plans for the upcoming Labor Day weekend? Pack your bags and take a trip to one of the ten best national parks in the United States. As 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States National Parks system, it’s the perfect excuse for you to take that trip you’ve been dreaming of. Take advantage of the four day weekend and get outdoors!
1. Arches National Park
Why: With more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches due to millions of years of erosion you can’t go wrong with this truly breathtaking park. It features numerous trails, but is great because overall the hikes are not extremely strenuous nor particularly lengthy in comparison to other national parks. Arches national park is a great choice for the beginner adventure seeker.
2. Yosemite National Park
Why: Yosemite National Park has a little something to for just about anyone. You will find hiking trails and tours, biking trails, rafting or even just site seeing and picnic areas. Yosemite National Park is full of natural beauty and wildlife.
3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Where: Tennessee and North Carolina
Why: Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Americas most visited national park, so there must be a few reasons why this park draws in so many people. Its prime central location makes it an easy drive for a wide range of people in many states, as well as its reasonably priced accommodations. Also, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is full of Appalachian history.
4. Grand Canyon National Park
Why: Why not, is the better question. Grand Canyon National Park is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Carved by the Colorado River the views of the Grand Canyon will leave you in awe. Not to mention it’s full of hiking, biking and rafting.
5. Canyonlands National Park
Why: Canyonlands National Park offers some of the best panoramic views you can find from its mesas and wide open vistas. Also, spend a night camping here and you will have the most unforgettable star gazing experience.
6. Yellowstone National Park
Why: Yellowstone is America’s original national park. Yellowstone national park is best known for its geyser, waterfalls and steam vents, but is also great due to its diversity in wildlife. The geyser at Yellowstone National park is a once in a lifetime experience that you can’t find anywhere else.
7. Mesa Verde National Park
Why: Mesa Verde National Park is one of the most unique state parks in America and is perfect for the culture loving, history enthusiast. Mesa Verde National Park offers a fascinating look into how the native people of Mesa Verde lived by getting to actually walk through some of the cliff dwellings and see how these majestic homes were carved from the rocks.
8. Glacier National Park
Why: Home to more than 700 miles of hiking trails Glacier National Park will truly take your breath away. Perfect for the photography lover, Glacier National Park will lead you to a majestic hidden lake and you may even see a few mountain goats or even grizzly bears on your way!
9. Zion National Park
Why: Zion National park will have you in awe at the magnitude of its gorgeous rock formations as well as canyons and plant life. Unlike many of the other parks in Utah, Zion national park has scenic forest areas, full of unique plant life, while still having the classic red cliff canyons. It’s the best of both worlds.
10. North Cascades National Park
Why: North Cascades National Park offers an unforgettable look into the wilderness and wildlife of the northwest pacific. Full of spectacular waterfalls and lakes and lush plant life. This park will have you taken aback by its amazing views and trails.