There’s a National Park for Every Kind of Traveler

There’s a National Park for Every Kind of Traveler

The national park system is one of America’s great treasures. But you don’t have to be an avid camper to enjoy trips to national parks. 

The variety of climates and landscapes—from deserts to glaciers to caves—means that there’s truly a national park out there for any traveler.

If You Want to See Monuments…

Mount Rushmore is a must-visit. One of America’s most iconic landmarks, the granite hillside sculpture depicts the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Set in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is also a short drive to the Crazy Horse Memorial—a hilltop carving of the famous Lakota warrior—which stands as a monument to North American Indians.

 

If You’re a Cultural Enthusiast…

Visit the home of the Ancestral Puebloan people—one of the country’s oldest indigenous cultures—in Mesa Verde National Park in southern Colorado. This ancient community flourished in the region from about 600 to 1300 A.D., and their cliff dwellings still stand along the park’s sandstone canyons. Breathtaking Big Sur—in California’s central coast—inspired a number of great American writers, including Steinbeck, Kerouac, and Henry Miller, and you’ll see why when you drive along famous Route 1 or visit the area’s state parks.

 

If You’re Passionate About Photography

Get your camera ready to snap photos of the Grand Canyon, Zion, or Bryce Canyon. Located in northern Arizona and Southern Utah, these parks are a treat for the eyes. Bryce Canyon’s orange and red hoodoo rock formations look otherworldly as they catch the sun, while Zion National Park’s striated cliffs and lush canyon floor beg to be photographed. If you prefer snow-capped mountains, then you can’t go wrong with Glacier National Park in Montana or Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The parks’ crystal-clear alpine lakes reflect the stunning scenery, and true to its name, Glacier National Park holds twenty-five breathtaking glaciers.

 

If You’re a History Buff…

You must explore the birthplace of the national parks: Yellowstone. President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act in 1872 to protect the land from settlement and ensure it remained a “pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Tours of national parks are the perfect way to honor this legacy. Also located in Wyoming is Devils Tower, America’s first National Monument, as proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906.

If You Love Hiking…

Then put your hiking boots to good use in the Pacific Northwest. Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offers a variety of hikes through moss-covered forests, alongside giant ferns and babbling creeks. A bit further south, you can stand in awe of the world’s tallest trees as you hike through California’s Redwood National Park. And to the north, Kenai Fjords National Park in the majestic Alaskan wilderness offers visitors the rare opportunity to hike next to enormous glacial ice-fields.

Arianna Ambrutis

Ari grew up all over and continues to be absorbed by travel. She’s worked on an archaeological dig in Israel, sailed around Greek isles, been crazy sunburnt in Turkey, and thinks Paris and New York are just the bee’s knees. With her degree in Cultural Anthropology, Ari loves exploring other culture’s traditions, colloquialisms, and cuisines.

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  • July 2, 2018 at 2:48 am
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