The Best U.S. National Parks You Have to Visit During Your Lifetime

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2. Yellowstone

We couldn’t have a list of the best U.S National Parks without Yellowstone, possibly one of the best, globally known parks. Spanning over 2.2 million acres, it’s virtually impossible to not find something to your liking here, especially in terms of nature and sporting activities. Basically, it’s one of the greatest places to keep active and visit as many beautiful vistas as you can.

From buffalo-filled valleys to mountains, hot springs, lakes, and iconic geysers, many of the park’s natural splendors are difficult to describe without doing them a massive disservice. To put it simply, you have to see it all with your own eyes.

The park is often crowded, but careful planning for visits in April, May, September, and October can help avoid the hustle and bustle.

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22 thoughts on “The Best U.S. National Parks You Have to Visit During Your Lifetime”

    1. David Asleson

      Love Yellowstone, you leave and go into back country and see no humans. Beautiful country, untouched from the beginning of time.
      Ex Law Enforcement Ranger Yellowstone

  1. Patricia A Langa

    My favorite has always been Yosemite and my husband’s favorite was always Yellowstone. We visited all of these on your list except the one in Hawaii. We had a lot of visits to Yosemite for skiing and camping and hiking. I am glad we got to visit so many of our national treasures before he passed away in 2012,

  2. ROBERT S BUEHLHORN

    Have been to all except Hawaii .They are all breathtaking.Next stop will be
    Rocky Mtn, Arches and North Rim of the Grand Canyon

  3. We went to 15 national parks recently, on a road trip. They’re all great, in different ways. Very hard to say which ones are the most beautiful. Some of our favorites ( in addition to the ones listed) were Death Valley, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde. My wife and I will try to see most of them if we can.

  4. Judy Stipanovich

    Saw 8 of the 10.
    1 Yellowstone. 2. Zion 3. Bryce 4. Rocky Mt.
    Hiking in all plus other 4 is phenomenal.

  5. My #1 pick to do is Yosemite. I’ve been to Yellowstone and Glacier and they are both absolutely stunning. Have always wanted to go to Yosemite . Hopefully I’ll make it.

  6. R. L. Earhart

    Glacier NP and when obtaining brochures and books on the Park be SURE to read “THE GEOLOGY OF GLACIER NATIONAL PARK” by R. L. Earhart et al. Bob Earhart

  7. David in Dallas

    I’ve been to all the ones listed, and won’t attempt to rate them. They’re all terrific! For those with the time a float trip on the Snake River in Grand Teton NP is fun. A hot-air balloon ride over Arches NP is also very nice. And if visiting Arches, nearby Canyonlands NP is also quite scenic, and a boat ride on the Colorado is a good way to see it, too. Glacier NP and Waterton Lakes (need a passport) is wonderful, but you need at least 4 days to do it justice.

  8. David W Raymond

    I live really close to Olympic Park, Forest, and Mountains. Many times, this area is listed in most top 10 lists.
    The views are spectacular, the many varied topographies is ridiculous, and things like the temperate rain forests are one of a kind

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