National parks truly are magnificent places. They protect the fauna and flora and offer beautiful and untouched territories. Some of them also offer activities or tours in addition to the gorgeous view. Here are the top 10 most beautiful national parks in the world! Enjoy the breathtaking pictures and get inspired for your next trip!
The Galápagos Islands are part of the Republic of Ecuador. The archipelago is west of Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean. 97% of these islands are part of the national park. This archipelago is truly special and offers stunning sights thanks to its volcanic nature. Only five islands are inhabited, which allows the wildlife to live freely. The Galápagos tortoises gave their name to the archipelago, and they are a symbol of the national park. Protection and care for the wildlife are the main concerns. So it is crucial that the flora, as well as the fauna, are protected.
Glacier National Park is in Montana, on the Canada-United States border. This park is a beautiful ecosystem. Indeed it contains over 1,000 different species of plants, hundreds of species of animals, and more than 130 named lakes. The landscape consists mainly of mountains with more than 700 miles of trails. This is the perfect place to go on peaceful hikes in a lovely environment. You can even sleep in one of the already established campsites. On the website, you will find some advice and guidelines for your visit. It explains how to behave during your stay so as to not negatively affect the park.
#3 Most Beautiful National Parks: Serengeti, Tanzania
This Tanzanian World Heritage Site is full of beautiful fauna such as Nile crocodiles, lions, leopards, or honey badgers. The most iconic feature of the park, however, might be the Great Migration. This is the world’s longest overland migration. It consists of approximately 1.5 million wildebeests moving from south to north through the park. At Serengeti, it is even possible to look at the wildlife from above by taking a hot air balloon ride.
Banff is Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885. It is in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, the site is made of mountainous terrain with glaciers as well as icefields. Banff is the name of a town that is within the national park. There, you will find among other things the Whyte Museum as well as several art galleries. The landscapes are gorgeous with the snowy forests, but the wildlife is also a great aspect of Banff National Park. Indeed, there are various species present in the park such as cougars, red foxes, bears, and more.
#5 Most Beautiful National Parks: Iguazú, Argentina/Brazil
There are technically two parks: the Brazilian one, Iguaçu, and Iguazú, the Argentinian one. They meet at the border and share one of the world’s largest waterfalls. These parks are very important as they house many rare and threatened species of flora and fauna. Some of the animals that can be seen in this national park are South American tapirs, toucans, and anteaters. A fun thing to do is to take the Rainforest Ecological Train, or “Waterfalls Train”. It will take you for a ride through the national park.
Kruger National Park is the perfect place to admire African landscapes and wildlife! In this South African national park, you can see many types of animals. Mammals such as lions, elephants, and African wild dogs, which is an endangered species. There are also a few hundreds of bird species as well as reptiles and much more. The landscape consists of different types of veld, each containing its own kind of vegetation. You can visit this park by going on private safari tours, it is cheaper if you are a group of people.
In the Northern Territory of Australia, the Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Site. This national park occupies such a big land that it is the size of Wales. This park offers several activities such as birdwatching, crocodile spotting, and ranger-guided activities. Another interesting fact about Kakadu is that it is one of the world’s greatest concentrations of rock art sites. Some of the works date back to 20,000 years ago. These paintings provide a great record of Aboriginal life from the past.
#8 Most Beautiful National Parks: Fiordland, New Zealand
You will find Fiordland National Park in the southwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand. The park gets its name from the massive fiords that glaciers carved thousands of years ago. Some of the most famous and most visited fiords are Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Dusky Sound. Fiordland contains wild and unmodified vegetation, creating a luxurious habitat for the wildlife. Indeed, there are various types of insects, reptiles, dolphins, and bats. Some birds like the takahē are an endangered species, which is why keeping this stunning location untouched is so important.
The Komodo National Park is in the Lesser Sunda Islands. The park is more precisely on 3 larger islands named Komodo, Padar, and Rinca, as well as 26 smaller ones. This national park was originally created in order to protect the Komodo dragon. Later on, it was used to protect other species, as more and more of them are endangered. The marine flora and fauna are especially rich and interesting in the Komodo National Park. Indeed, in this park, you can find coral reefs, whale sharks, eagle rays, and many more!
#10 Most Beautiful National Parks: Yosemite, USA
Yosemite National Park is not only beautiful, but you can also do many fun things there! You can go on hikes, of course, go biking, play golf, and even do some rock climbing. This is not so surprising as the park is more than 3,000 km². Indeed, it sits in 4 counties of the state of California. There are many activities available inside Yosemite, and the landscape makes it even better! You will be able to admire granite cliffs, waterfalls, and giant sequoia groves. All of these elements forming the most magical settings for your adventures.
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