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Must Visit US National Parks

The Most Popular U.S. National Parks

With 417 sites all over the country, the US National Parks cover just about every type of terrain and experience the country has to offer, so it’s probably no surprise that over 330 million people visit them each year!  But with so many choices, how do you know which ones to visit yourself? While all of the national parks definitely have something to offer, the very best ones are truly spectacular, and naturally also the most popular. So, when it comes to planning nature vacations to a national park, which ones receive the most visitors?

The Great Smoky Mountains

With around 12 million visitors per year, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been at or near the top of the most popular park list for years, and it’s easy to see why. Covering both North Carolina and Tennessee, this beautiful stretch of land is spectacular any time of year. Lush green colors cover the area during the spring and summertime and stunning reds and yellows when fall comes around. These tree coated mountains are easy to see from the highway that runs through them, but this park has so much more to offer.

With thousands of miles of trails winding their way through the 521,000 acres of the park you will not find a lack of beauty; from the rich spruce forests that climb the mountainsides, the glorious meadowlands down by the rivers, to the green grasslands sprinkled with daisies, all creating a picture book scenery that you will never forget!

The Grand Canyon

Not just one of America’s most visited attractions, but an incredible display of nature’s power that is famous clear across the world. With 7 million visitors a year making the journey to Arizona to see just what the Colorado River created, it can be a busy place to visit, but the awe-inspiring scenery will never fail to take your breath away even if you are sharing that view with others.

While the main attraction is obviously the scenery itself you do have a lot of choice on how to experience it.  From helicopter and airplane tours, driving around in your personal car or a rental, to the National Park shuttle, to walking tours or hiking down the steeper trails, there is always an option that provides access to this majestic park for everyone!

Zion National Park

Standing on the edge of the Mojave Desert in Utah, this 147,000-acre park sees around 5 million visitors per year, and it offers a wide variety of natural terrain that covers almost the entire makeup of the United States in a single park. Beauty can be found everywhere in Zion Park; from the sandstone mesas and bluff rock towers to the lush vegetation at lower elevations that hide grottoes and hanging gardens to discover and explore.

With life everywhere you look, it is a very different experience to the barren vistas of the Grand Canyon. You can really make the most of your vacation here with canyon trail rides and thousands of miles of hiking trails; including some real challenges such as The Narrows, which sees you hiking half of its 16-mile journey in the river itself. A nature lover’s dream, Zion is a great place to visit for lasting life long memories.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature on a grand scale, this 266,000-acre Colorado park encompasses majestic mountains and rock formations, along with a network of lakes, lush meadowlands, and a diverse range of wildlife. If it’s possible to be more imposing than the Grand Canyon, the granite formations of the Rocky Mountain National Park (some of them over 12,000 feet tall and 130 million years old!) are it. A range of glacier flowers light up the region for a few weeks every year in spring as the ice recedes and the warmer weather takes over, it's an amazing sight and well worth a visit on its own. 

Around 5 million visitors a year enjoy this spectacular scenery! With a vast network of backcountry hiking trails, this is a place for a big adventure, in every sense of the word.  While guided tours will keep you on the right track if you don’t want to go it alone. 

Yosemite National Park

Covering over 750,000 acres of California, even with around 5 million visitors per year, this is a national park that you can always find the true emptiness of the wilderness. From the granite cliffs that soar high above you to the ancient forests and greenery of the valley itself, walking through Yosemite is as close to time travel as we can get, seeing a world virtually untouched by humans. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has something for all, from wildlife to spectacular waterfalls, and everything in between.

Whether trekking through the thousands of trails, exploring the wildlife, or simply enjoying the sites from the parking lot, Yosemite has something to enthrall everyone who visits. 

All of these parks are very popular, but all of them offer something completely unique and give us a chance to see just what nature can accomplish and create. When it’s time to plan your next vacation, any of these parks have a lot to offer, but which one would be your choice?  Contact Timeshare Recyclers today and speak with a timeshare expert to find out more about the greatest natural wonders the US National Parks have to offer and plan your next nature vacation!

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