Be apart and discover some of the most unique landmarks and climates in the United States! These “Top 5 Parks,” are chosen by its’ uniqueness, most diverse, and polar climates from one another. The Top 5 Parks I have chosen only relate to the 48 states that all lay along each other.
Smoky Mountains National Park
This park gives you the best views of the Appalachian Mountains, filled with black bears and vast green luscious mountains. These rolling hills are one of a kind because of their dense forest and wide variety of trees. From this location there are thousands of miles of hiking, giving you the Appalachian Trail. With a never ending list of sites to see the Smokey Mountain National Park has history entwined, being one of the first saved forests during the mining and logging era.
Pictured Rocks National Park
This National park is located on the coast of Lake Superior; one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes. A backpacker’s paradise in the months of May through September, this park is known for its sheer rock cliffs on its coastline. The best way to see these walls is via boat. Taking a tour or kayak you will be able to take a close look at these colorful walls filled with streaks of whites, reds, purples, and even some blues. Getting in a kayak will let you see these cliffs up close, getting into caves, under waterfalls and huge arches. By foot you can find all white forests made up of birch trees and you can see excellent overviews of these tall rocks and crystal clear waters.
Glacier National Park
At Glacier National Park you can find some of the largest, most intriguing land mammals. In these mountains there live, great horned sheep, herds of deer and elk, black bears and the infamous grizzly bear. Along sheer cliffs and towers you can find white, mountain goats on the smallest of ledges. Having a road that’ll take you thousands of feet up you can find glaciers at the tops of these mountains. An excellent spot for late spring trekking/ hiking you can find the most colorful wildflowers and newly born offspring, such as cubs. As well as their bountiful amounts of wildlife, these mountains lay in the Rocky Mountains with some of the most exceptional and rare peaks.
Everglades National Park
The Everglades may be the most unique out of all 5 off these parks. This park is in the most south of the states, never snowing, and filled with swamps. Although there are some boardwalks to view the Everglades; the only true way to see this park is via boat. Down these rivers you can see alligators, crocodiles and an abundance of different birds. These swamp areas stay thick with canals of trees and tall grass staying very wet all year long.
Zion National Park
Located in the southwest part of the States lies deep canyons full of different shades of red. These desert like canyons, are hundreds of feet deep. Zion has endless valleys to trek through, with smaller canyons to wander in called the, “Narrows.” In between these enormous walls you can find waterfalls and rushing rivers. This park is one of a kind, getting the chance to witness and learn about how the area has shaped will be impeccable. Envisioning how large these canyons is simply impossible due to its’ magnitude.