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

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5. Zion National Park

Apparently, Utah got the long end of the stick, showcasing not one but two National Parks on our list.

Zion National Park regularly attracts thrill-seekers. Visitors love The Narrows, a trail that takes them through the thinnest section of the Zion Canyon. Along the 10-mile hike, you’ll also have to travel upstream through the Virgin River, so you do have to be in top shape before you even think of giving it a try.

Then there’s Hike Angel’s Landing with its nearly 1,500 foot natural staircase- not for the faint of heart, but just as beautiful as the rest of the National Park.

Of course, those who are less excited about seeking thrills can always drive along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, a 57-mile long path that allows you to visit most of the park’s iconic landmarks from the comfort of your motor vehicle.

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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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