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Two hikers look out over the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA
10 July, 20193 minute read

Walking America's national parks

Wherever you travel in the US, from Washington D.C to the Californian coast, you will find historic national parks. There are 58 national parks in total across America, which conserve the most remarkable and precious landscapes that the country has to offer.

From ancient mountains and haunting prehistoric forests to dusty scrubland, wide canyons and sculptures in desert stone, the striking contrasts and colours have to be seen to be believed. There are few visitors who would turn down the opportunity to go hiking through these remote and wild landscapes. Will these four walks inspire you to book your holiday?

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is America’s oldest national park and the oldest in the world. Visit this wonderland in the north of Wyoming and you’ll see why Yellowstone inspired a movement to preserve the world’s wild places.

Volcanic activity in the region has produced a whole host of unusual geothermal features including, most famously, geysers like the legendary Old Faithful. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit hot springs, mud pots and volcanic lakes on your trip here.

Get in touch with your inner David Attenborough and see what animals you can spot in Yellowstone National Park.  Hiking to the top of Mount Washburn is a popular trail throughout the summer and early autumn, when wildflowers line the route.

Steam rises from a geothermal pool in Yellowstone National Park, USA

Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona is home to one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Grand Canyon. Measuring 18 miles wide in some places and up to a mile deep, this vast site is the perfect place to see life from a different perspective.

The South Rim is one of the Canyon’s most popular spots to visit – here you can take a hike along the Rim Trail, a flat path that people of most ability and fitness levels can manage. The views on this walk will have you filling up memory space on your camera. Stop and watch the sunset at Mohave Point.

A tourist looks out over the Grand Canyon

Rocky Mountain National Park

Streaked with craggy mountains and bands of dense forest, Rocky Mountain National Park is seriously scenic. With over 300 miles of trails, it’s no easy task to pick your route.

If you only have a limited time here take a walk around Bear Lake, a spot that lies at the intersection of immense glacial valleys, granite mountains, waterfalls and forests. This is one of the most popular spots in the park, so expect crowds. You’ll need a good strong pair of hiking boots for this mountainous playground.

Sunset reflection of mountains and rocks at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Yosemite National Park

The Sierra Nevada Mountains in California contain one of America’s best loved national parks: Yosemite. The park is home to many icons of the American wilderness, including El Capitan, a dizzying vertical rock formation in the west of the park. Enjoy a nature walk through Yosemite Valley where you will be greeted by Bridalveil Falls, one of the most photographed attractions in the entire park. You can visit Yosemite National Park on our California and The Golden West Tour.

Panoramic view of Yosemite National Park, USA

Book your National Park adventure with us and we'll take care of all the little details, so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy.Find out more about the Awe-Inspiring National Parks.

Image of blog author Nicola James

Nicola considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit a number of places around the world and these experiences usually involve searching for as many kinds of wildlife as possible. Recent highlights include penguins in Antarctica, bears and whales in Canada and Alaska and sea otters in California - but there are always more animals to search for.

Nicola | About the author

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