The first national park in the United States was established in 1872. The parks were created to preserve the natural beauty, historic sites, and wildlife of the environments. Today, there are 410 destinations throughout the country, encompassing in excess of 84 million acres. Of all the national park destinations, some have received top ratings.

Yellowstone

The park encompasses more than two million acres and extends from the northwestern corner of Wyoming to the borders of Idaho and Montana. Mountain ranges encompass more than 3,000 square miles. The terrain includes everything from vast canyons, meadows, and lush forests to geysers, hot springs, and waterfalls. An abundance of wildlife resides in Yellowstone, including bears, buffalo, elk, and wolves. The natural beauty of the park attracts millions of outdoor enthusiasts each year. Many arrive for the chance to witness Old Faithful let off steam.

Yosemite

Yosemite National Park spans four counties in the state of California and encompasses more than 740,000 acres. The popular destination has a number of popular sites that include the Bridalveil and Vemal Falls. The El Capitan and Half Dome granite formations are frequented by climbers. A stop at Tunnel View Outlook provides a panoramic look over the valley. Driving or strolling through the majestic giant sequoia groves are other favorite park activities.

Grand Canyon

The natural wonder spans 277 miles in length, 18 miles in width, and has a depth of more than 6,000 feet. The photographic location is regularly visited by millions every year. Guests have a chance to tour the destination on foot or by mule. Boat and raft trips regularly venture down the river. The canyon’s South Rim features a number of historic buildings that visitors enjoy exploring. The location also hosts the annual 78-mile Grand Canyon Ultra Marathon.

Zion National Park

The park lies in the southwestern region of Utah and covers 229-square miles. Zion features four different environmental systems ranging from desert, woodlands, and forest to colorful rock formations. The destination remains popular with hikers and rock climbing enthusiasts. The location is also home to more than 280 species of birds, 75 mammals and 32 reptiles. Zion also has the Human History Museum that tells the story of habitation in the area through exhibits and interactive displays.

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