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

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10. Haleakala National Park

A not-so-short plane ride away from mainland U.S., on a Hawaiian island you may have heard about before, Maui, you’ll find the Haleakala National Park. You might ask yourself if it’s worth visiting this particular park when so many others are closer to home and the answer is yes, absolutely.

Not only will you find a plethora of new and exciting flora and fauna, but the overall climate will breathe some fresh air in your adventure-seeking lungs.

One reason why Haleakala is so beloved is the iconic sunrise you can view from some 10,000 above sea level. To get there you have to travel through miles of breathtaking views, waterfalls, and more in order to reach the visitor center, where thousands of tourists stop by every year in order to view the sunrise.

Only then will you understand why this national park’s name translates to “house of the sun.”

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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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