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USA national parks: which are the most beautiful to visit?

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon has been designated by the National Park Service as the most beautiful natural park in the United States. A necessarily subjective ranking but a first far from being usurped as the site is strikingly beautiful.

Located in southern Utah, Bryce Canyon is recognizable by its conical geological formations known as “hoodoos”. It is impossible to remain unmoved by this marvel of nature, especially in the early morning when the sun gradually spreads its rays over this landscape from another world.

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Death Valley National Park (California)

Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the United States and also one of the most fascinating. If this park is entirely located in the Mojave Desert, reducing it to a vast desert expanse would be simplistic. With its varied fauna and flora, the park is an enchantment whose appearance is constantly changing.

Be careful, however, to prepare your visit well and bring several liters of water per person, temperatures can rise very very high. The last heat record was set in July 2021 when the mercury soared to 54.4°C at Furnace Creek.

The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Colorado)

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Traveling the long roads of Colorado, we suddenly come across an apparition: a gigantic sand dune standing out against green mountains. Great Sand Dunes is an amazing park which besides its many dunes, the highest being 229 meters, is home to pine forests, tundra, grasslands and lakes.

Katmai National Park (Alaska)

Head for Alaska to discover Katmai National Park where the biggest volcanic eruption of the 20th century took place in 1912. The eruption of the Novarupta Volcano formed the 3 km wide caldera and crater lake that today surmounts Mount Katmai.

This park located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean offers a wide variety of landscapes: alpine tundra, rivers, lakes, forests, but also exceptional wildlife with wolves, foxes, caribou, many birds, seals and whales. But Katmai is above all a paradise for brown bears, and one of the best places in the world to observe them.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone was created in 1862, which makes this park located in Wyoming, and to a lesser extent in Montana and Idaho, the oldest national park in the world. Here there is everything: an exceptional fauna where bison rub shoulders with wolves and bears, a rich flora of nearly 1,700 native species of trees and plants, but also some of the most fascinating geological phenomena in the world. Geysers, hot springs and geothermal phenomena that are explained by the very essence of Yellowstone which rests on a supervolcano.

The Grand Canyon (Arizona)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, Grand Canyon National Park is undeniably one of the most fascinating places in the world. With 6 million visitors a year, it is also the most visited park in the American West. The Grand Canyon is a geologist’s paradise as it offers an open-air view of millions of years of evolution.

The park is more than 5,000 m2 and deserves several days of visit. The most motivated can conclude with a hike in the canyon for an unforgettable walk along the mythical Colorado River.

The Everglades (Florida)

We leave the American West towards Florida and the Everglades Park. A protected wetland of 6,105 km2, this park is a unique ecosystem in the world. It’s hard to imagine that a single country could be home to sites as different as the Grand Canyon and the Everglades, a paradise for crocodiles and alligators, herons, snakes, flamingos, otters and also 300 species of fish.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

This national park is home to Mauna Loa, the highest volcano in the world, which culminates at 4,170 m. The island evolves to the rhythm of volcanic eruptions, a fascinating phenomenon to observe. What a shock to see the molten lava flowing into the ocean! This park is also the perfect place to admire many rare birds and forests of giant ferns.

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