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

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8. Arches National Park

Head on over to eastern Utah to find 77,000 acres of natural scenery, all spanning the Arches National Park, which was established as far back as 1929.

Hikers, rock climbers, and backpackers have long since picked this National Park as the destination for their next adventure, no doubt due to the iconic rock formations that pepper the landscape. Don’t be surprised if you bump into a handful of photographers on the way too, as it’s one of the most sought out areas for a surreal-looking photoshoot.

With more than 2,000 arches around the park, every trail you pick will be sure to be packed with some of these breathtaking formations, but the most popular ones ate the Delicate Arch, the Double Arch, and the Landscape Arch.

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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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