10 of the Most Stunning National Parks in the World

National parks are among the most amazing places in the world to soak in the beauty of nature. Vast areas of pristine wilderness offer breathtaking sights that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Here are just some of the most stunning national parks in the world worth booking a trip for.

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano National Park
Top attractions: An active volcano that sits at the heart of the rainforest, Cerro Chato (extinct volcano), hiking trails, hot springs, Lake Arenal fishing, waterfalls

Banff National Park, Canada
Banff National Park
Top attractions: Banff Skywalk (Vista Trail), Bow Lake, Bow Valley Parkway, Château Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, Johnston Canyon, Lake Minnewanka, Lake Louise, Lake Louise Ski Resort, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, Plain of Six Glaciers, Rockpile Trail, Sentinel Pass, Sulphur Mountain, Sunshine Village, glaciers, towering peaks, the wildlife

Grand Canyon National Park, USA
Grand Canyon National Park
Top attractions: Bright Angel hiking trail, Desert View Drive, Desert View Watchtower, Geological Museum, Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon Railway, Hermit Road, Hopi House, Kolb Gallery, Lookout Studio, Mather Point Overlook, Rim Trail, National Geographic Visitor Center, Tusayan Ruins

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia
Great Barrier Reef
Top attractions: The Great Barrier Reef, wildlife, stunning marine scenery, fishing, diving, visits to the islands

Iguazu National Park, Argentina/Brazil
Iguazu National Park
Top attractions: Devil’s Throat, the Green Path, Iguazu Falls, Iguazu River, Lower Circuit, Macuco Safari Boat Ride, Macuco Path, Macuco Trail, Moises Bertoni Museum, rafting, Upper Circuit, photo safari

Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park, China
Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park
Top attractions: Over a hundred lakes or pools and a number of waterfalls, Shuzheng Valley (Bonsai Beach, Double-Dragon Lake, Nuorilang Waterfall, Reed Lake, Rhinoceros Lake, Shuzheng Lakes, Shuzheng Waterfall, Sparkling Lake, Tiger Lake); Rize Valley (Arrow Bamboo Lake, Five Flowers Lake, Panda Lake, Pearl Beach Waterfall); Zechawa Valley (Five-Colored Lake, Long Lake, Seasonal Lakes)

Pantanal Matogrossense National Park, Brazil
Pantanal Matogrossense
Top attractions: Tropical wetland that is home to a breathtaking array of wildlife like jaguars, wild pigs, and more; a UNESCO World Heritage site, activities like birdwatching

Tulum National Park, Mexico
Tulum National Park
Top attractions: The ancient cenotes, beaches, beautiful natural scenery, Mayan ruins, wildlife, Yucatán coastline, nearby points of interest like the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Yellowstone National Park, USA
Yellowstone National Park
Top attractions: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Grand Prismatic Spring, Hayden Valley, Lamar Valley, Lower Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, Mud Volcano Area , Norris Geyser Basin, Old Faithful Geyser/Upper Basin, Tower Fall, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, wild animals, lush vegetation

Yosemite National Park, USA
Yosemite National Park
Top attractions: Bridalveil Fall, Cathedral Peak, Crane Flat, El Capitan, Glacier Point, Hetch Hetchy Valley, Lembert Dome, Mariposa Grove, Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Road, Vernal Fall, Wawona, Yosemite Falls, giant sequoias, meadows, museums, numerous viewpoints, rock formations like the Half Dome, wetlands, wilderness

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