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U.S. National Parks Bucket List
There are 397 parks and landmarks managed by the United States National Parks Service. With such an abundance of beautiful and varied natural offerings, the National Parks attract 280 million visitors each year, but visiting each and every National Parks attraction is not realistic for most.
July is National Recreation & Parks Month, and we’re taking on the challenge of narrowing all the National Parks have to offer into a list of 10 stunning, must-see natural attractions. Our National Parks Bucket List follows:
1. Tunnel View (Yosemite National Park, California): Established as a scenic overlook in 1933, Tunnel View provides expansive views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome
2. Cape Royal (Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona): Cape Royal is located on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and is the southernmost tip of the Walhalla Plateau. As it juts into the canyon, Cape Royal provides stunning panoramic views of the South Rim.
3. Bird Woman Falls (Glacier National Park, Montana): Just west of the continental divide, Bird Woman Falls flows towards the Pacific Ocean. At 500 feet tall, the name Bird Woman Falls refers to Lewis and Clark’s wilderness guide, Sacajawea.
4. Mount McKinley (Denali National Park, Alaska): As North America’s tallest peak (20,320 feet), Mount McKinley is part of Denali National Park, which occupies over 6 million acres of Alaska’s wilderness.
5. Delicate Arch (Arches National Park, Utah): Arches National Park is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, however, Delicate Arch is the most popular and iconic.
6. Old Faithful (Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Wyoming, & Montana): Old Faithful is located within the United State’s first National Park, Yellowstone National Park, which contains close to 60% of the world’s geysers.
7. Laurel Falls (Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee & North Carolina): Laurel Falls is named for mountain laurel, a shrub that grows along the trail and falls, which is divided into two sections and divided by a walkway.
8. Ruby Beach (Olympic National Park, Washington): Located at the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula, Ruby Beach is known for its rocky coastline and renowned bird watching.
9. Chimney Rock (Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Nebraska): Chimney Rock is most known for its historical significance as it greeted pioneers heading West, serving as a milestone and a warning of the mountain range to come.
10. Turner River (Everglades National Park, Florida): Best experienced by canoe, Turner River is a mangrove tunnel located within the 1.5-million acre Everglades National Park.
While visiting any National Parks attractions, you’ll want to record your experience to revisit for years to come. Pelican ProGear photography backpacks are second to none for protecting camera bodies, lenses, flashes, light meters, and even laptops while traveling America’s great, wide open.
What destinations are on your National Parks bucket list? Please share in the comments below.