One of the underrated ‘things to do’ while vacationing, a trip to national park suits all the age groups (thanks to the variety of activities it has to offer!) and surprisingly is not too heavy on the pocket. This quick guide would give you a sneak peek in to this wondrous world and would definitely charm you into updating your bucket list. See you there!
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
One of the oldest park and a world heritage site, Serengeti National Park is home to myriad variety of wild animals. It is famous for the largest overland migration that happens annually; imagine witnessing millions of hooves of eland, buffaloes, elephants, zebra, and giraffe moving from one place to another in search of greener pastures! Brilliant, isn't it? Ditch the normal Jeep safari, instead opt for the balloon safari to witness this beauty from several thousand feet above the ground. Find time to see the adorable hippos bathing in a ‘Hippo pool’, the serenity of ‘Grumeti River’, and the vastness of ‘Seronera’, one of the central and accessible regions of Serengeti national park
Iguazu National Park, Argentina and Brazil
If there is anything better than watching tonnes of milky white water gushing down the green valleys, it is spotting a glorious rainbow, over this spectacular display! Surrounded by the mysterious subtropical jungle, the Iguazu National Park was created in the year 1934. Inhabited by hunter gatherers, a 10,000 years back; this place is now home to a few threatened and rare species like the Harpy Eagle, Ocelot, Jaguar, Coati, Tricia, and a few species of butterflies etc.
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Cruising in crystal blue waters! Hiking on a beautiful mountain range!! Appreciating a gorgeous waterfall or spending a day by the river bank!!! If you want to squeeze all of that in a single vacation, Fiordland National Park is the place to be. One of the largest parks of the country, Fiordland National Park is situated in the southwest corner of the South Island. A photographer’s delight and an excellent family getaway packed with several must-do activities, a trip to this scenic beauty is highly recommended.
Yellowstone National Park, United States.
Established in the year of 1872, the Yellowstone National Park, is the first national park of United States. Boiling mud pots, sulphur geysers, gushing waterfalls, majestic mountain ranges are few of its main attractions. Spread across in the sprawling area of 3,468 square miles, this National park is also home to one of the largest high-altitude lake, the Yellowstone Lake. Take a dip in its icy cold water if you are brave heart, enjoy the sunset as you hike in the Rocky Mountains with your loved one or admire the sight of the herds of elk, bison, otters, moose or grizzly bears that reside in the park.
Los Roques Archipelago National Park, Venezuela.
If you think the national parks are all about valleys, mountains, waterfalls and wilds; you are mistaken! The Los Roques Archipelago National Park is a distinct one from the lot and is definitely one of its kind. Comprising of about 300 islands, the place is brimming with coral reefs, marine life and is flanked by acres of pristine white sand. Visitors can go scuba diving in its crystal blue waters, try their hand at windsurfing or simply spoil themselves silly on one of the chartered yachts! They won’t regret it!
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
Located in the Austral Andes area of Argentina, this magnificent beauty is divided into two parts. You have Glaciar Perito Moreno on one side with a serene view of mountains, lakes and woods wrapped in the white blanket of snow and Monte Fitz Roy on the extreme north of the park, which is touted to be one of the most challenging trek even for the most experienced mountaineers.
Grand Canyon National Park, United States
If you ever cease to believe in the power of nature, one visit to the “Grand Canyon National Park”, and your beliefs would be reinstated. The amusing amalgamation of metallic color and erosion forms, decorate a canyon and the majestic landscape overwhelms its visitors. Do not miss out on visiting the South Kaibab Trail, Bright Angel Point, or the mesmerizing sunset at the Lipan point.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia
Who wants to re-live the “Finding Nemo” moments? Wish to swim along the adorable fish (and a whole lot of other sea-animals) as you discover the great mysteries of the Ocean? Head to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia, a world heritage site and a tourist magnet that attracts marine lovers from all over the world. Opt for Glass bottom boat ride to view the colourful corals or go snorkelling in the aquamarine water, either ways you are making memories that would last you for a life time.
Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park, China
50 shades of Grey? How about a zillion shades of green? Even if it that sounds like an exaggeration, the greens of Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park would definitely leave you spell bound. Spread in the sprawling 72,000 hectares, the Jiuzhaigou valley is renowned for its abundant wildlife, lyrical waterfalls, and dramatic mountains and lakes. A Nature lover’s heaven and a photographer’s delight, this place definitely would leave imprints on the soul like no other.
Yosemite National Park, United States
The list would remain incomplete if I fail to mention the world’s finest national park, renowned for its stunning waterfalls, mighty granite cliffs and mesmerizing valley. Yes, am talking about Yosemite National Park. Spread in over a sprawling area of 747,956 acres, this paradisaical place guarantees a good time to its visitors. The experience of walking through the incredible Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, hiking to the Half Dome, taking a detour to the lesser known Hetch Hetchy Reservoir or simply watching the sun set at the Glacier Point cannot be expressed in words..
So, which one are you visiting this year?