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

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4. Grand Canyon

With a name like that, it’s no wonder that the Grand Canyon made it on this list!

This UNESCO World Heritage provides endless hiking and adventuring opportunities with its 18-by-277 mile area. Hiking, camping, biking and even rafting the Colorado River are all unique activities you can try solo or with your family.

Many visitors have fallen in love with the sparking Havasu Falls, one of the park’s must-see attractions. However, if you also want to avoid the crowds and enjoy some much-needed peace and quiet, you can always visit the North Rim, a far less populated area.

One thing’s for sure, pictures of the Grand Canyon will never do it justice, and we truly believe this will be a once in a lifetime experience for whoever decides to visit!

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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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