Discover interesting national parks in USA
Lovers of nature do you know that in USA there are 58 national parks where you can enjoy a great pure air to refresh your lung. I’m not going to describe all of them but only the ones I think there are interesting to know and to discover excluding the famous ones like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite…
I exclude them because I’m feeling right now like to discover something new, something that I didn’t visit before. I travelled many times to US and already visited Grand Canyon for example. Of course, if you never go there, I recommend you strongly to do them first before to prepare your mind to see other wonderful nature.
Congaree National Park in South Carolina
The area preserves the largest tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States where we can see for example some loblolly pines of 170 feet and take a free ranger-guided weekend canoe tours on Cedar Creek.
Isle Royale National Park in Michigan
It is the largest island in the world’s largest freshwater body and only accessible by boat or seaplane. The place is a unique bio-preserve and closed during winter season where we can take a boat tour around some of the park’s 400 satellite islands and a backcountry camping trip.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota
A good place to do a horseback ride through the hills and badlands where we can see shaggy buffalo, bighorn sheep and wild horses. And why not, take a foot inside the Little Missouri River.
North Cascades National Park in Washington
The place is a landscape of sawtooth mountains where more than 300 glaciers feed some of the country’s highest waterfalls and wildlife hiding great varieties of plant species. We can do a hike on the nearly 400 miles of trails going through wildflower fields, waterfalls and glaciers with beautiful panoramas to take great pictures.
Great Basin National Park in Nevada
Full of groves of gnarled bristlecone, jackrabbits, alpine wildflowers and aspen, this desert park spreads over 77,000 acres from the basin floor at 5,000 feet above sea level to peaks topping 13,000 feet. We have to visit the marble caverns of Lehman Caves and do the 3.4-mile round-trip hike to the Lexington Arch, a rare aboveground limestone arch.
Biscayne National Park in Florida
The place is the world’s third largest coral reef with its 173.000 acres of clear waters and majority of its surface is underwater where we can spot 72 shipwrecks. A really good place to do snorkeling and scuba diving to be surrounded by more than 200 species of fish and 500-pound groupers.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado
It possesses one of the most spectacular and deepest canyons in the country and the best part, it is to do rafting on the Gunny, a river sluicing though a canyon with only 40 feet wide between mighty rock walls rising hundreds of feet.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska
At 13.2 million acres of Alaskan wilderness, it has the highest concentration of glaciers including the 14,163-foot Mount Wrangell, one of the world’s largest active volcanoes. We must take the tour of the historic Kennecott copper mine buildings and try rafting the Copper River or world-class fishing in Yakutat.
Capitol Reef National Park in Utah
A great colorful mountainous area where we can enjoy a series of natural water cisterns and a majestic domelike outcropping. We have to visit the 1.400-year-old Indian petroglyphs on the roadside cliffs above the many orchards of Fruita.
Channel Islands National Park in California
A park which possesses more than 2.000 plant and animal species where we can see on the shores of some islands seals and sea lions. Also it has one of the best-preserved archaeological records on the Pacific coast. We can enjoy a boat tour during whale migrations (blue and humpback in summer, gray from december to mid-march) and a hike on the 1.5-mile anacapa loop trail.