This past week (April 15-23) was National Park Week here in the US. This celebration of national parks is a great way for the National Parks Services to encourage more people to visit and raise awareness for these parks. Its also a good time for bloggers and outdoor enthusiasts to join to fun and stir the nature-lust in everyone!
In this post I’ve collaborated with a few other bloggers and travelers to highlight some of our favorite national parks from around the world. Keep reading and you may just find your next outdoor adventure.
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile and Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina:
“Absolutely stunning and well preserved.” ~ Mickie Kim Nguyes. Follow her adventures on Instagram.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA:
“The Grand Canyon itself is beyond amazing to watch from the rim sites! But going down changed my view about this national park forever! The nature in this park is so diverse and the views change after every corner!” ~ Anne of Go On Adventures. You can check the recap of Anne’s amazing hike down the canyon on her blog, and follow her on Instagram for more wanderlust.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA:
“I love Shenandoah National Park because I grew up going there with my family, and now I get to share it with my own kids! The Blue Ridge mountains seem to go on forever, but at the same time they look like gentle, inviting hills compared to the steep peaks of the western states.” ~ Melissa of The Family Voyage. You can also follow their adventures on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Side note: Did you know that US National Parks have a junior ranger program to encourage more participation from your little ones! You can pick up the packet at any visitor center, and when its all filled out your child will get a Junior Ranger badge like this one.
Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, USA:
“I think Yellowstone was one of my favorite national parks, just because it has such a variety of terrain. I know after seeing one geyser it seems like you’ve seen them all but they were really cool to walk around. It was awesome seeing Buffalo roaming around and causing traffic jams but it’s a beautiful park year around. I’d love to visit in the fall or winter!” ~ Bianca of Beee Travels. You can see more from Bianca on Instagram.
Snowdonia National Park, Wales:
“It is the dramatic landscape of jagged peaks, valleys, forests and lakes that I love about Snowdonia. I climbed Snowdon, its highest peak at 3,560 feet, last year, and it was a tough day but it was so worth it. The views were utterly breathtaking – on a clear day you can see Ireland!” ~ Teresa of Brogan Abroad.
Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park, Spain:
“Not far from where I was born, there is an archipelago of islands just off the Spanish Atlantic coast. You’d be forgiven to think that you are in the tropics when you look at the turquoise sea and the white sand bar that links two of the islets. But the childhood memories this park brings is what I love the most.” ~ Teresa of Brogan Abroad.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA:
“The first time I visited Rocky Mountain National Park, I was a young girl. I took far too much for granted and saw little beauty or value in the natural world. But it was within a moment of standing at the side of the road, overlooking a vast vista of beautiful sweeping mountains, overwhelmed by the opulence before me, that I came to realize there was more lasting beauty and power within this world, than I would ever be able to comprehend. I often revisit this spot to remind myself and to show gratification to myself that while I may try to understand the world around me, some things just are and there is a beauty in that recognition and stillness.
The true value of a National Park is not in the beauty they have to offer but the reflection they cast upon the viewer and the value within that reflection should they be willing to see it.” ~ Rachel of Bergn Street. You can also follow Rachel on Instagram.
Arches National Park, Utah, USA:
“Arches National Park was a perfect getaway from Salt Lake City. Arriving after dark, we checked into our glamping tents at Moab Under Canvas, and got to wake up to a view of the the pastel sky dotted with tents and teepees. The most beautiful arches are set behind a moderate hike, maybe 30 minutes or so, which made viewing them even more rewarding because you worked for that view instead of just pulling over on the side of the road.” ~ Lily of Hungerlust Travel. You can also find Lily on Instagram until her blog is up and running.
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada:
“Gros Morne National Park is a sprawling park on the East side of Canada, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. There are Instagram worthy panoramic views from atop Gros Morne Mountain, Western Brook Pond is a beautiful pond between large cliffs that were carved out by icebergs, and The Tabletops are a section of the park where the Earths inner crust was pushed up billions of years ago. You can spot Moose and Caribou roaming the park, and Newfoundlanders are some of the most hospitable, down-to-earth people in Canada. You will not be disappointed by this park!” ~ Roxanne from Stuff Rox Does. You can also follow Roxanne on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA:
“Bryce Canyon stole my heart the second I saw those bright red rock formations, every inch of this park has something spectacular to look at. The trails here have a good variety of difficulty, and the park tends to be a bit quieter than its neighbor Zion, making it the perfect place to explore with family.” ~ Me
I hope this post has inspired you to visit more national parks everywhere in the world. Will your next trip take you to a national park? Tell me which ones in the comments!