Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My 5 Favorite National Parks

Out of 59 America the Beautiful's National Parks, I have visited 24.   Here's my 5 favorite NPs.

1. Yellostone, WY, ID & MT

It is a wonderland!
The park is located at the headwaters of the Yellowstone River, from which it takes its historical name.

Yellostone's famous Old Faithful Geyser
Old Faithful and the majority of the world's geysers are preserved here. They are the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America's first national park, which is an idea that spread worldwide.
With a mountain wild land, hot springs and geysers, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

Yellowstone has something for everyone.  Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sunset, the park offers a great diversity of activities for you to enjoy.  Yellowstone lake is breathtaking.  With so many adventures to choose from, you’ll have some tough decisions to make. 

2. Yosemite, CA

Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.

First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

As revealed by archeological finds, the Yosemite Valley has been inhabited for nearly 3000 years, though humans may have first visited the area as long as 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.

Yosemite Half Dome
Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada of California. Yosemite is open all year, though some areas of the park are inaccessible by car from approximately November through May due to snow. You can drive your car into and around Yosemite, though you are encouraged to use shuttles in some areas.

I have visited Yosemite many times, as it's only 3.5 hour drive from my place, yet I have never hiked there.

3. Grand Canyon, AZ

A powerful and inspiring landscape, Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size.  Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.  Nearly five million people see the 1 mile deep (1.6 km) Grand Canyon each year.
Grand Canyon South Rim

Most of them (90%) see it from the park's free shuttle buses or from their car at overlooks along the South Rim.  The South Rim includes: historic Grand Canyon Village, Hermit Road, and Desert View Drive.  The South Rim is open all year. The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park.

Elevations average 7000 feet (2134 m) above sea level.

I visited Grand Canyon for the first time in summer 2010, and went back there in 2013 during holiday season to see winter sceneries.

4. Grand Teton, WY

Rising above a wealthy behind fabulous wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it.  These are mountains of the imagination.

Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.

Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming; north of the town of Jackson, Wyoming and south of Yellowstone National Park.  You must stop here on your way to Yellowstone.

5. Rocky Mountain, CO

Rocky Mountain is my favorite National Park so far.  

Words cannot fully describe my experience at Rocky Mountains.  You need to go see the Rockies by yourself!  Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments.

Rocky Mountain
Enjoy Trail Ridge Road, which crests over 12,000 feet including many overlooks to experience the subalpine and alpine worlds, along with over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife, starry nights, and fun times.
In a world of superlatives, Rocky is on top!
Rocky Mountain National Park covers 415 square miles in north central Colorado.
The town of Estes Park serves as the eastern gateway into the park. Grand Lake serves as the western gateway.


  1. For some reason I would only visit the Rocky Mountain. Judging on your words and the stuff I have found on the internet it must be amazing place. I don't like the fact about the columns of steam gushing out of the soil under the high pressure anyway...

    1. All NPs have different and unique values that nature has to offer. I just love the Rockies!

  2. I could add a few more, but as you say these are the most beautiful. Which sea/coastal places have you also visited??

    1. I have visited both east and west coast in the US except for the north eastern part (Rhode Island and Massachusetts, etc.) I have not been to South America at all.

  3. Grand Teton is my favorite.

    1. I have to go back there. I didn't spend enough time at Grand Teton as my final destination was Yellowstone.

  4. Oh I love the Grand Canyon. Something very captivating about it. Yellowstone is lovely too!

    1. I love grand canyon! I want to hike there.

  5. I think Yosemite, CA is the bets of all five. Just look at the scenic view of it and you soon fall in love with the place,. I'll check out more details before you make your next post..

    1. (: Here's the post about Yosemite.