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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Top 10 national parks to enjoy summer and outdoor activities in USA

In some part of USA winter is too much snowy which maker outdoor fun so difficult. You roam around shopping malls, restaurants and in your house. So summer time makes adults as well as kinds feel happy. Summer is a great time to explore new places and enjoy outdoor adventures.

   1.  Olympic national Park, Washington state

Olympic national park covered nearly one million acres of Washington State. Olympic national park offers rain forest, valley, river, waterfalls and hiking trails to explore wild life. This park has number of camping sites to enjoy night life in to the forest. River flows from glacier capped pick through valleys of old forests and you can sitting beside to hear sweet sound of water flowing and crashing with stones. One of the best thing is it gives you chance to explore Pacific Ocean too.

Lake crescent at Olympic national park

   2. Great Smokey Mountains national park, Tennessee & North Carolina

Smokey Mountain Separates Tennessee and North Carolina. It serves as a border for both states. Smokey Mountain will give you a choice between whether you want to take challenge to hike the crest of a mountain of you want to sit peacefully and want to enjoy sun set. Smokey Mountain offer great activities like Fishing, Hiking, Wildlife viewing, Historic building viewing, fall colors, explore Wildflowers. Cades cove and cataloochee are famous for wildlife viewing. 

Smokey mountains

         3.       Rocky Mountain national park, Colorado 

Rocky Mountain national park crests are above 12000 feet from sea level and give amazing views of subalpine and alpine world. It has approx. 300 miles of hiking trails. This national park is about 415 square miles large and provides different camping site as well as wild life and forest starry nights experience. On the way to mountain they have few view points in between from where you can see view down the hill. If you don’t want to do hiking than you can do horse riding which will not tiring and still you can explore wildlife.

Rocky Mountain national park

         4.       Mount Rainier national park, Washington

Mount Rainier is an icon in the Washington state landscape. This Mountain is 14410 feet above sea level. Mount Rainier is an active Volcano and is the most glaciated peak in the USA. Mount Rainier is covered with the snow which indicates snowy winter in area. It is advisable to check road status and accessibility of Mount Rainier National Park roads before planning. And also before making any plans check current status of campground, trails and activities. It has 25 major glaciers and all have hiking trails to explore. It depends on you how long you want to hike. 

Mount rainier national park

         5.       Crater lake national park, Oregon

Formation of Crater Lake has interesting history and beautiful view of lake which attracts tourists’ year around. There was a Mount Mazama volcano in place of Crater Lake. After a period of dormancy, Mazama volcano became active again and around 5700 BC, Mazama collapsed into itself during a tremendous volcanic eruption. The eruption formed a large caldera that, depending on the prevailing climate, was filled in about 740 years, forming a beautiful lake, known today as Crater Lake. In winter it get covered with snow and sometimes whole national park is not opened till mid-June so do check weather and accessibility of park before you plan for visit.

Crater lake nationalpark

         6.       Niagara Falls state park, New York state

Niagara Falls is international border between United States and Canada. Niagara Falls state park is covered 400 aces of landscape and wildlife; these falls are major attraction and other activities as well provide great experience. And different spots give breathtaking view of falls from different angels.

Niagara falls national park

         7.       Channel Islands national park, California

Channel Islands national park has 175 miles of undeveloped coastline. This national park consisting of five islands located off the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Channel Islands National Park is reachable only by park concessioner boat or plane, or private boats. The islands maintain and protect a massive amount of natural and cultural resources, animals and plants that can be found nowhere else on earth. These national park is famous for whale watching tours around Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands and Seal and Sea lion viewing . Santa Barbara, Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands provide spectacular kelp forests, sea caves and coves that are best explored by diving and snorkeling.

Channel Islands national park

         8.       Yellow stone national park, Wyoming, Montana & Idaho

Yellow Stone Park was established in 1872 as America's first national park. This park located in the state of Wyoming and it also extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellow Stone Park has lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges and it has around 12 campgrounds.  A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

Yellow stone national park

        9.       Glen canyon National Park, Utah & Arizona

Glen Canyon national park encompasses more than 1.25 million acres in northern Arizona and southeastern Utah. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers great opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah includes portions of Garfield, Kane, San Juan, and Wayne counties in Utah and Coconino County in Arizona.

Glen canyon national park

         10.   Hot springs national park, Arkansas

Hot spring is rare natural feature of these national park. People have been using the thermal hot springs for therapeutic baths. These park is widely famous for hot spring baths it preserving an array of 47 hot springs. These parks also provides hiking trails, scenic drives, camping and picnic areas.

Hot springs national park


  1. We have spent every summer vacation for the past two decades visiting state and national parks - we have many favorites! You hit a lot of the highlights here, but the amazing thing is that there are always more to explore - both well-known and never-heard-of! Great post.


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    1. Thanks sue. I am also planning to write on less famous parks too.

  2. We're hoping to see Yellowstone this summer. Great photos!

    1. Have fun at yellow stone. beautiful place

  3. I have been to most of these! Lived really close to some of them as well