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US National Parks

By Viator, November 2013

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There are 59 protected national parks in the United States, each gaining its elite status by offering rare scenic beauty, distinct geological formations, a large amount of activities and/or atypical ecosystems. With these characteristics, a U.S. National Park provides a memorable experience in an uncommon landscape.

There are a few states well-known for hosting a large number of national parks. A visit to Alaska allows you to choose from eight national parks: Glacier Bay, Wrangell-St. Elias, Lake Clark, Kobuk Valley, Denali, Gates of the Arctic, Katmai and Kenai Fjords. Keep in mind, these parks are often very spread out, meaning a week-long trip to the state won’t be enough time to visit them all. That being said, having such a large number of extraordinary landscapes gives you an idea just how special Alaska’s land is. Some unique national park experiences to have in Alaska’s national parks include whale watching in Glacier Bay, climbing Mount McKinley -- North America’s highest peak at 20,322' (6,194 meters) -- in Denali, and flight seeing over the Kenai Fjords.

California is another state well known for its abundance of national parks, with nine in total including Yosemite, Pinnacles, Sequoia, Redwood, Kings Canyon, Lassen Volcanic, Joshua Tree, Death Valley and the Channel Islands. Although in the same state, each is very different. For example, while the Channel Islands are Mediterranean Islands with about half of the national park portion underwater, Death Valley holds the title for being the driest, hottest and lowest place in the country. Do your research to see which parks offer the experience you’re looking for.

One of the famous U.S. National Parks -- that is also a Natural Wonder of the World -- is the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, home of the Grand Canyon. This massive gorge was carved out by the Colorado River and features geology that’s over two million years old. One can explore the Grand Canyon in a number of ways, like trekking, camping, rafting, air tours, bus tours, the adventurous Grand Canyon Skywalk, Native American culture activities and more. To see its otherworldly crags and crevices illuminated in a rainbow of colors is a sight one can never forget.

For those looking to explore some of the country’s more underrated national parks, there are number with worthwhile offerings that aren’t heavily touristed -- meaning you can have an immerse experience with nature in peace. For example, Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park is the largest of Lake Superior’s islands, home to shipwrecks, scuba diving, kayaking, scenic hiking trails and wildlife like wolf and moose. There’s also the American Samoa, which boasts a rainforest, coral reef and a unique location in the South Pacific Ocean. And in Washington’s North Cascades National Park, you’ll find over 300 glaciers, climbing areas, lakes and a mix of beautiful designated and backcountry hiking trails.

No matter which U.S. National Park you choose to visit, you’re guaranteed a rare and natural experience you’ll never forget.

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3-Day National Parks Tour from Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon, Las Vegas, null
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3-Day National Parks Tour from Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

See the desert landscapes of the Western United States! On this three-day tour, depart from Las Vegas to see Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Lake Powell, and Utah’s ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $511.00
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip, San Francisco, Multi-day Tours
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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1470 Reviews

Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. You'll spend 5 – 6 hours inside the park with a combination of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.00
Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Tour From Phoenix, Phoenix, Day Trips
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Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Tour From Phoenix

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 195 Reviews

Your guided tour will take you through the Red Rocks of Sedona and on a scenic drive up Oak Creek Canyon before arriving at the Grand Canyon National Park for ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $408.99
Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco, San Francisco, Day Trips
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Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

4 star rating: Recommended 360 Reviews

Exchange the big-city charms of San Francisco for the fresh air and natural beauty of Yosemite, California's most famous national park. Choose to start your ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.00
7-Day National Parks Tour: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon South Rim, Las ... 
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7-Day National Parks Tour: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon South Rim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Spend seven days and six nights on this tour to some of the most popular national parks in the United States! On this week-long adventure, you will see the ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 7 days/6 nights

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Small-Group Olympic National Park Tour from Seattle, Seattle, Multi-day Tours
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Small-Group Olympic National Park Tour from Seattle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 78 Reviews

Become one with the Pacific Northwest's amazing outdoors on this full-day, small-group tour of Olympic National Park, famed for its unprecedented beauty, ...  Read more

Location: Seattle, Washington
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $252.13
Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward, Seward, Day Trips
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Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 68 Reviews

Hop aboard one of Alaska’s most popular wildlife and glacier cruises, and take an extraordinary six-hour journey through Kenai Fjords National Park. This ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.84
3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite, Los Angeles, Day Cruises
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3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite

4 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Want to discover the best of the West Coast over three memorable days? This unique tour by van or motorcoach will take you from Los Angeles to the must-see ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $473.00
2-Day Semi-Guided Tour of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco, San Francisco, Multi-day Tours
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2-Day Semi-Guided Tour of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

Calling all adventurers and independent travelers! Maximize your visit to Yosemite with an overnight stay on this comprehensive 2-day tour from San Francisco. ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $313.00
Death Valley Explorer Tour by Tour Trekker, Las Vegas, Multi-day Tours
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Death Valley Explorer Tour by Tour Trekker

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 45 Reviews

Experience the beauty of the largest national park in the contiguous United States, Death Valley! On this tour you'll see many other desert highlights ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $275.00

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