Top Ten USA National Parks to Explore

The United States of America is spoiled for choice when it comes to natural wonder and beauty. Each national park has its own charm, but what remains constant with all of them is that they deserve so much more than a single afternoon. You should take the time and really explore them on foot. See them for yourself and just enjoy the natural wonder and beauty of this world.


Top Ten USA National Parks to Explore


Go by car and then pitch a tent, or enjoy more creature comforts by finding the perfect used RV for sale near you, and explore the United States’ stunning natural parks at your own pace, and don’t be afraid to return. You can’t go wrong when it comes to natural beauty, but if you need help deciding which park to start your journey at, we have put together the top five in the country:

1. Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is the jewel of California and features stunning sequoia trees, Tunnel View and the infamous El Capitan. Take your time to hike through at your own pace, or go on a small road trip through California’s beautiful countryside and see the Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon, and complete the Majestic Mountain Loop.

2. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is a massive 3500 square mile National Park that sits above a volcanic hot spot. Visit, and you will be able to explore a huge variety of stunning landscapes, from canyons to rivers and lush forests, hot springs and more. If you have more time, then hit the road and go on through the Rocky Mountain Range and see Grand Teton and Glacier in a thrilling 450-mile route. On your way, make sure to take the Going-to-the-Sun Road that crosses a continental divide and offers incredible views.

3. Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyons need no introduction. They are one of the most famous sights in the world and a great place to drive and let the wind blow through your hair. Pause to enjoy Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station, the desert towns, Mary Colter’s Desert View Watchtower, and of course Lipan Point, which offers one of the most incredible must-see sights in the world where the Colorado River bends.

4. Zion National Park

Zion National Park features Zion Canyon and steep, dramatic red cliffs that beg to be looked at for hours on end. Drive along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, hike to see the Emerald Pools, and walk along the river for natural beauty and serenity. If you have more time, then considering trying to complete the Grand Circle Tour, which will take at least 11 days or longer, depending on how in-depth you wish to explore each destination. The Grand Circle Tour goes from Zion to Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, the Arches, The Canyonlands, and finally, towards the Grand Canyon itself and Monument Valley.

5. Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is one of the most northern National Parks in mainland USA and is famous for its Hidden Lake and the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Set up camp and stay here awhile, because there are over 700 miles of hiking trails and beautiful vistas to experience.

6. Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree is a beautiful park with some truly unique landscapes. It costs $30 for the weekly pass and offers so much in terms of hiking and exploring the natural beauty of the Colorado and Mojave deserts. If you are interested in hikes without other tourists, then head out early in the day.

To spice things up, you should also make time to visit Pioneer Town, which is an old west movie set near the national park. It makes for a very interesting, fun day out and a good break from hikes and drives through the area.

7. Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is great because it is made to be explored. Own an RV and find a great camping site and then bed down in luxurious comfort, because the park features a great free shuttle system designed to help adventurers explore the park without tarnishing the landscaping with large parking sites.

As for what to do and see, you have hiking, a ranger program, an astronomy walk, full moon guided hikes, and even horseback riding. The biggest highlight, of course, includes seeing the stunning rock formations at Bryce Point.

8. Everglades National Park

You won’t be doing a lot of hiking in the Everglades, but there are plenty of unique experiences to be had. From enjoying air boats to seeing alligators up close and personal. The Everglades is a unique park even amongst the rest of the national parks in the USA.

9. Badlands National Park

The badlands offer some of the best drives in the entire country. With breathtaking rock formations, beautiful color pallets, and some truly challenging hikes, there is something for everyone. While you are in South Dakota, you should also take a detour to see Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

10. Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Teton mountains are striking, and the landscapes are absolutely unforgettable. Featuring everything from high peaks to lakes and rivers, this beautiful national park is best discovered on foot, by bike, or even by canoe. 

For the more experienced adventurers, you can hike overnight and camp along the way through the backcountry, or even mountaineer up the glacial peaks. If you’re with small children, then there are plenty of family-friendly camping activities to partake in and some great scenic drives.

It is also very budget-friendly. For a private vehicle, it only costs $35 for seven days, though if you live in the area, it is absolutely worth to invest in the annual pass ($70) so you can see the Grand Tetons throughout the seasons.

There are so many stunning landscapes in the USA that are famous the world over – and for good reason. Take advantage of the natural beauty in your own home country and get out there and see them. Your visit will help support the good work that park rangers and conservationists are going to keep these national parks special, beautiful retreats.

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