USA National Parks

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In the age of hyperconnectivity, few places allow us to truly disconnect and find serenity like the United States' National Parks. Some of the last remaining bastions of wilderness in an increasingly urban world. A visit to these expansive spaces and often wild frontiers provides the perfect opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world and rediscover the beauty of nature.

Grand Canyon National Park »

About 4.5 million annual visitors venture to the southern rim of the Grand Canyon National Park to peer into its 1.6-kilometre-deep abyss, where the Colorado River rushes through rocks that date back 1.8 billion years. A day-long hike down the Bright Angel or South Kaibab trails affords visitors ample opportunity... more »

Lassen Volcanic National Park »

This northern California mountain hasn’t rumbled since 1921, five years after it gained National Park status, but it has centuries of tumultuous activity to thank for its signature features: fuming vents, hot springs and the red-tinged Painted Dunes dotted with snow algae, pine trees and other soaring conifers. Geologists have... more »

Rocky Mountain National Park »

It’s no surprise that songs have praised the beauty of this untarnished sanctuary, which celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2015. Covering 265,873 acres of Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park demonstrates some of the greatest ecological diversity contained within a single national park. More than 60 peaks break the three-kilometre mark,... more »

Glacier National Park »

Montana boasts no shortage of stunning vistas, but those contained within this 1,013,572-acre haven might be the most impressive. The dramatic scenery in Glacier National Park fluctuates between lush evergreen forests, alpine meadows, broad valleys and craggy mountaintops etched by the dense ice formations for which the park is named... more »

Mesa Verde National Park »

Archaeologists prize the pithouses and cliffside dwellings carved into the sandstone and shale rocks of Colorado’s Montezuma County. Built by the ancestral Puebloans between 550 and 1300 CE, the homes ranged from simple one-room abodes to complex multi-story villages. These well-shielded residences inspired president Theodore Roosevelt to declare the 52,074-acre... more »

Wind Cave National Park »

One of the world’s longest caverns lies beneath the 28,295-acres of Wind Cave National Park. Though its dry atmosphere prevents stalagmites and stalactites from forming, the labyrinth system is peppered with boxwork, a web-like calcite structure. Life above ground proves just as fascinating, with bison, mule deer, antelope and prairie... more »

Crater Lake National Park »

Wizard Island peeks out from the deepest lake in the USA, found in the now-dormant volcano Mount Mazama. Named for its resemblance to a sorcerer’s headpiece, the 233-metre-high cinder cone emerged as the volcano’s crater began to fill with rain and snowmelt after an eruption, until it reached a depth... more »

Mount Rainier National Park »

Located in Washington’s Cascade Range about two to three hours drive from Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park's eponymous peak rises almost 4.4 kilometres above sea level and is considered an active volcano, though its last eruption occurred 120 years ago. The 235,625 acres cover a multitude of ecosystems, from subalpine... more »

Yellowstone National Park »

Since prehistoric times, herds of bison have roamed freely across America’s first national park, which spans the continental divide and stretches across parts of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. The vast 2,221,766-acre refuge of Yellowstone National Park is also home to some of the world’s most prolific natural marvels; adventurers will... more »

Yosemite National Park »

Nearly 95 per cent of this 747,956-acre recreation area comprises pristine wilderness – land completely undeveloped and unspoiled by humans. In 1864, president Abraham Lincoln signed a grant to create the country’s first official national park and ensure its myriad waterfalls, granite domes and U-shaped canyons would be protected. Much... more »