National parks across entire North America are the prime attractions for overseas tourists as well as local residents. Both the residents and the American Government share immense pride in the national parks of their residing states. They believe a visitor’s life itself will change for the better when they tour any national park in the U.S.
Don’t assume the national parks are enclosed in a walled enclosure or picket fenced area; national parks stretch to hundreds of kilometers in length and breadth. Some national parks spread into two states.
National parks are home to
- Incredibly tall trees,
- Rare flora,
- Exotic aviary,
- Absolutely beautiful lakes that are small to vast in sizes,
- Waterfalls and cascades,
- Boat rides and rafting in rivers,
- Gorges and canyons
- Snow-capped mountains
- Great jungles
- Endemic butterflies
Every national park has a spot that is a must-see for us. It may be a centuries-old tree, a small lake formed by a crater, stunning walking trails, a zip-line to hop cliffs, a sand dune, a limestone rock formations or an ancient cave.
In this blog post, you will be told of a particular place in each of the national parks that is something special. Such spots in national parks are not to be missed. In fact, try to cover the highlighted place to see in a national park before you turn your focus around other attractions.
National Parks in the United States are not just parks but much more than just flora and fauna and a picnic spot. They are unbelievable eco-systems that must be preserved for millenniums for the benefit of the future generations.
The General Sherman Tree at Sequoia National Park, California
When you go to California, your guided tour will certainly include a trip to the Sequoia National Park where the highlight will the General Sherman Tree, a giant of a tree whose top we cannot see as it rises above 275 feet from the earth. Its base measures 36 feet in diameter! This is the world’s largest single stem tree. In fact, the whole Sequoia National Park is full of huge sequoia trees.
Best US National Parks: The Bowl Trail at Acadia National Park, Maine
Serene and silence! Oh, how I would like to walk slowly, ever so slowly in that forest trail! The Bowl trail as it is called turns into multi-color scenario during the fall when you walk among the fallen dry leaves of myriad colors that include, orange, brown, red, pale green, and even half-white!
The bowl trail will show up a small lake and the walking path takes you around the beautiful lake.
I happened to find a better video of the bowl trail, the finest and not-to-miss spot in the Acadia National Park.
Most Visited National Parks: Scenic drive in the Olympic National Park, Washington
A scenic drive cannot make you understand the beauty of it if I just put it in a few words. A video can speak to you in the perfect language and here it is-the video that shows you the scenic road when you start your drive Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center parking lot and then on to the Obstruction Point Road in the Olympic National Park. The drive terminates at the trail end.
All along the drive, you will see tall and green trees, deer and fawns. When you stand at the Olympic Point, you will gasp audibly at the breathtaking panoramic view of the snow-clad mountains.
You’ll see glaciers and get breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of the mountain.
If you stop your car midway and explore the forests on foot, you will be greeted by clear-water lakes and the absolute silence of the forest.
Best National Parks of America: Waimoku Falls and the Hawaiian Goose at Haleakalā National Park
The difficult-to-pronounce Haleakalā National Park is located in Maui island, one of the Hawaiian Islands, United States. In the past, this national park was attracting tourists with its Haleakalā Volcano when it was in a dormant state. It is still dormant, buddy.
First, let us look at the beautiful and fairly large Hawaiian Goose called nēnē. It is an endangered wild animal.
Next comes the “Waimoku Falls” in Maui’s Haleakala National Park.
It is written that the way to the Waimoku waterfalls is stunningly beautiful with tall bamboo trees. Walking through the bamboo forest is a thrilling experience. The silence can be intimidating.
The trail through the bamboo forest will end at the thundering water body-the “Waimoku Falls”, a wonderful sight in the Haleakala National Park.
National Parks of America: Yosemite Valley at Yosemite National Park
That is the view of the Yosemite Valley located inside the Yosemite National Park, California.
I warned you already not to visualize a national park located inside a fenced area. The Yosemite National Park is spread over an area comprising over 5400 sq.km! Can you mentally stretch your vision that far and see what lies at the end of it? No, of course not.
In the Yosemite Valley, you can also see the Yosemite Waterfalls that starts from a height of 2425 feet!
Yosemite waterfalls is America’s tallest waterfalls. Hence, before you enter the Yosemite national park area, ask around the shortest path to the Yosemite Valley, the best place to see in a national park of America.
There are 12 more national parks in the U.S. that I intend to visit and identify the not-to-miss spots in those national parks. Once I complete my tour, I will share my experience here.