In nature with the weather. 10 most beautiful parks in the USA
Journeys | 27.02.2019
For many, the United States of America is associated with megacities or a relaxed lifestyle on the coast somewhere in California or Florida. We'll tell you how there is also a country of national parks in the USA and why you should go there.
Yosemite National Park
The park has become widely known thanks to Apple and its OS X Yosemite operating system, where mountains were displayed on desktop screensavers. The next version, by the way, is also named after the park, but already after one of its rocks, El Capitan. Climbers know it as one of the most difficult climbs, in the summer this granite monolith is covered with insurance ropes.
The name Yosemite comes from the language of the ancient Apache Native Americans and translates as something like "grizzly bear". The park is located in California and is situated on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The well-known view from the park – Yosemite Valley, actually occupies only 1% of its total territory of 3,027 km2. The U-shaped valley appeared during the descent of the glacial mass during the first glacial period.
You can get here from Los Angeles (6 hours) or San Francisco (3.5 hours). If you like long car journeys, we advise you to go here from Los Angeles. On the way you'll see so many beautiful places.
It this park every February you can witness natural phenomenon on Horsetail waterfall. The setting sun illuminates the waterfall, making it glow orange and red as if the east side of El Capitan mount is covered with lava. This natural phenomenon lasts only two minutes and you can see it in the end of February. Photographers come here every year to take pictures of the "Firefall".
Where to go in Yosemite Park? Driving through all the famous places will already give you a lot of impressions:

1. Get to Glacier Point. Observation deck in the Yosemite Valley. Getting here doesn't require any special physical training, but the views are excellent.
2. Mariposa Grove. If associate American National Parks with giant redwood trees, then you are definitely here. It is said that some of the trees of the grove were around at the time of the descending glacier.
3. Take a look at the waterfalls. In addition to the beautiful mountains, the park is known for its waterfalls. We advise you to visit Yellowstone, Nevada, Bridal Veil and Horsetail.
Monument Valley
Mars on Earth or one of the strange parks, in the most positive sense of the word. The valley is located on the Colorado Plateau in northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah. A desert in which red sandstone mountains rise to 300 metres. Once there was a sea, and the accumulated silt accumulated silt at the bottom created a sort of scrub. The tectonic plate rose, and everything that had been at the bottom for a long time ended up on the surface. The wind, which first formed the canyons, then got down to business, shaping the lonely mountains into interesting forms.
Cliffs of the Monument Valley people associate with castles, towers, spiers. Hence the names of the monuments: The Three Sisters, Castle rock, Broody and others. The valley is constantly changing due to erosion processes, and the rocks are collapsing. Geologists do not exclude that in the distant future this place will look like a big red desert. Without any monuments.
This is not a typical US national park, as you might think. The Valley of Geysers is the property of the Navajo tribe, a symbol of America. They allowed tourists to visit this place, and often conduct tours themselves. If possible, we advise you to take a safari on a buggy or a horseback tour to the Native American's settlements.
There are no certain points in the park, the main attraction is the lonely rocks:

1. Sombrero/Mexican hat. A stone hat that is held on top of a mountain.
2. Castle. A mighty rock, rising to 300 metres, its silhouette is often featured on all postcards.
3. The Mitten Buttes. These are two mountains, which are often referred to as the Western mitten and the Eastern mitten. There are arrays with small rock spires rising up from the ground, reminiscent of a protruding finger.
Yellowstone National Park
In addition to the flora and fauna, Yellowstone is also a historically important park. The very first in the USA and one of the first on the UNESCO list of natural heritage. It sits at number 28, which, considering how many objects there are in the world, Yellowstone is really a pioneer. There is a park in Wyoming 80 kilometres from Cody airport. You can get there from Salt Lake City.
People come here to look at volcanic activity, "alien" landscapes and bison. Some others hope to see moose and wolves, but not everyone is lucky. There are dead trees in the background of soaring thermal springs, geysers, hundreds of thermal springs with water of unreal colours. The whole park is the largest geyser area in the world. There are about 3,000 of them here. For comparison, in Kamchatka there are 40.
Yellowstone is known for its terrible predictions and mystical stories. The park is known for its proximity to the Yellowstone Supervolcano, there are only 20 of them in the world. The danger is that such a volcano does not accumulate magma in its vents. Supervolcanoes form in calderas, and then lava comes out. Yellowstone Volcano slept for 600 years and woke up not long ago. There are a lot of terrible predictions surround the history of its eruption, journalists, in particular, write-terrifying headlines, and people begin to worry. Some believe that mystical sounds are made by an underground alien base.
What's worth seeing in the park?

1. The Grand Prismatic Spring geyser, which everyone must know about for sure if they have ever read about Yellowstone Park. Bright orange swirls and splotches and blue water. It looks like a location from a computer game.
2. Old Faithful. It is considered to be one of the park's symbols. It throws up a column of water containing about 4,000 litres every 30–60 minutes to a height of 50 metres. The spectacle is impressive, so prepare your smartphones and cameras.
3. Lower Falls. You can reach it taking Uncle Tom's trail in just 328 steps. But the view is worth it.
Denali National Park and Preserve
You journey to Alaska wouldn't be complete without visiting this park. If you have ever seen photos of the incredible nature of the peninsula, then they were most likely taken here. The state, by the way, has the largest number of US national parks, there are eight of them in total.
The national park is named after America's tallest mountain, the height of the Denali peak is 6,190m. After its foundation in 1917, the mountain and the park were named after the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley. The indigenous people were against this name, the state even sent a formal request in 1975 to rename the mountain and the park. Denali comes from the language of the Athabascan tribe meaning "Great." In 1980, after the expiration of McKinley's deadline, the name of the park was changed, but only Barack Obama changed the name of the mountain in 2015.
Denali is the first national park of the United States, created to preserve the natural heritage of the country. Some tourists come here to watch wildlife, go rafting, and ride dog sleds. Climbers flock here to conquer North America's tallest peak.
It is difficult to single out the main places to visit because the whole park is one huge and incredible landscape. There is only one road through the park – a whole 92 miles through epic views. Tourists mainly go hiking here.

1. Savage River Loop Trail. A small trekking route during which you'll definitely want to take pictures in all directions. Special training is not needed for it.
2. Wonder lake. The most famous lake in Alaska. There is camping site next to it, so if you travel by your own transport, you can stay there for the night.
3. Horseshoe Lake. If you want to see the mountain landscape reflected in the water, then this is the place for you.
Olympic National Park
Evergreen Washington is considered by many to be the most beautiful natural state of the USA due to its mystical forests and foggy beaches. The Olympic National Park is loved for its variety of landscapes: there are mountains, ocean coasts, rain forests, lakes, rivers. It was founded in 1938, and is located in the northeast of the state.
Hurricane Ridge divides the park east and west. Interestingly, parts of the park differ in climate. The east is dry, and the west is extremely wet and cloudy. The famous rain forests are situated in the western part. The most beautiful places here can be reached only on foot. So, if you are a backpacker, you will definitely like it here.
The park is relatively small, only 3,735 km², but there is a lot to see:

1. Hoh Rain Forest. A forest of ancient trees covered with moss. For some, an eerie sight, for others a fairy tale. The Maple trees look especially impressive, but they can only be recognised by their size.
2. Lake Crescent. It is also called Crescent Lake. It is located in the centre of the park, there are many walking routes around it, and you can go boating on the lake.
3. Hurricane Ridge. If you want to look at the Olympic Mountains, we advise you to go hiking along Hurricane Ridge. On the way you will most likely meet a lot of deer. Some even call the Olympic park "deer park".
  • The best time to visit the parks is the end of summer or the beginning of autumn. There are not so many tourists at this time, but the nature in the park is more interesting.
  • Check the national park's official site before your trip to get acquainted with the cost of tickets and rules
  • It's worth setting aside 2-3 days for each park. One day to see the main attractions will be difficult.
  • If you still decide to go to the park in the winter, take care to put chains on your wheels. Not having them will result in a fine.
  • The annual flow of tourists to the park can exceed several million. Therefore, campgrounds should be booked way in advance.
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