OUR 5 ALL-TIME FAVORITE U.S. NATIONAL PARKS

National treasures selected for their natural beauty, unique geological features, unusual ecosystems, and recreational opportunities.

The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks.  The contrasting colors and textures create a stunning vista. 

 

A ride around Arches Scenic Drive will take you to many of the park's breathtaking viewpoints.

Check out this map highlighting some of our favorite views.  Photo By: Edwin Poon | Flickr

Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows and ancient giant sequoias.  It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1864.  The Ahwahneechee, an indigenous tribe, lived here for generations, before being violently displaced by the arrival of Europeans in the mid-1800s.  The stories that accompany this thrilling landscape make this park a truly magnificent experience.  

 

Drive or take the shuttle to many of the amazing vantage points, which we mapped.  You may have to hike to see a few of them.  Photo By: Tom Hilton | Flickr

Known for its brightly colored spires, hoodoos and vistas, this place feels like it is truly out of this world.  Wind, water and time have eroded sandstone cliffs into this dramatic landscape.  Hiking, horseback riding, biking and ATV tours are popular ways to enjoy this park.

 

A drive along route 63 will take you to all the exceptional viewpoints, which we mapped.  Photo By: Todd Petrie | Flickr

 

Visit the quaint city of Jackson, before heading into the park which is rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, alpine terrain and panoramic views.  The park encompasses the Teton mountain range, the 4000-meter peak, and the valley known as Jackson Hole. It is a popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping and fishing.   

 

Highway 191 will take you to many key locations, where you can take in some spectacular views.  The best spots have been mapped.  Photo By: Tom Babich | Flickr

Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, the Grand Canyon overwhelms the senses through its immense size.  It is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River.  To fully take in its beauty, try to visit both north and south rims, then hike down to the Inner Canyon, take a boat ride, and finally, indulge in an aerial tour to get a bird’s eye view of the splendor that lies below.

 

Here is a map of locations boasting some of the best views of the canyon.  Photo By: Alison I. | Flickr 

 

 

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