VIDEO: Top U.S. National Parks

Top U.S. National Parks
Each year, millions of people visit the 397 National Parks and Lands across the United States. At Away.com we’ve picked three national parks that are worth putting on your life list.

Covering more than a half a million acres, the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee is the most-visited national park in the country.  This park makes our list because it provides easy access to nearly 800 miles of hiking trails, plenty of diverse wildlife, and more than 90 historic buildings to explore.

Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, Maine, delivers the full outdoor experience.  It’s best known for its boulder-lined coast and carriage-path trails that lead through the forest.  Enjoy the beautiful views and fresh mountain air, but don’t forget to snag some of the area’s famous lobsters and blueberries.

Spanning three different states, Yellowstone National Park tops our list.  Yellowstone is the eighth-largest national park in the United States, which means there is a lot to see and do.  The gushing geysers and bubbling hot springs are the park’s signature features.  If you want to miss the crowds, enter the park early in the morning, which is a great time to see the wildlife, too. Or better yet, stay the night in the park for sunset views that day-trippers rarely see.

So this year, take your vacations outside, where ridgeline hiking trails and stunning mountain views await.


Published: 10 Sep 2012 | Last Updated: 12 Sep 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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