In the United States there are more than sixty National Parks. The wild nature of this country offers from impressive mountain massifs to devastating deserts and truly unique geological phenomena. Yellowstone was the first natural area in the world to be designated a National Park, in 1872, so this year it celebrates its 150th birthday. Since then, a host of unlikely regions and landscapes have joined the list.

It is undoubtedly one of the best known National Parks in the world, if not the best, as well as being the oldest, declared as such in 1872. Located in the northwestern corner of the state of Wyoming, Yellowstone is famous for its volcanic landscapes and by the Old Faithful geyser, which erupts like clockwork every 91 minutes.  Its almost 9,000 square kilometers are also home to a varied ecosystem that includes meadows, pine forests and mountains.  Other attractions include the Grand Prismatic Spring hot springs and Excelsior Geyser Crater.

Yellowstone (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho)

It is undoubtedly one of the best known National Parks in the world, if not the best, as well as being the oldest, declared as such in 1872. Located in the northwestern corner of the state of Wyoming, Yellowstone is famous for its volcanic landscapes and by the Old Faithful geyser, which erupts like clockwork every 91 minutes. Its almost 9,000 square kilometers are also home to a varied ecosystem that includes meadows, pine forests and mountains. Other attractions include the Grand Prismatic Spring hot springs and Excelsior Geyser Crater.

It is one of the most popular National Parks in California and encompasses Tuolumne, Marisposa, Madera, and parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  Declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, it is famous for its immense granite domes, abundance of beautiful waterfalls, giant sequoia trees, and its desert.  Among its natural landmarks are the Yosemite Valley, the most popular area, the granite Half Dome and El Capitan and The Three Brothers rock formation, all great challenges for climbers.

Yosemite (California)

It is one of the most popular National Parks in California and encompasses Tuolumne, Marisposa, Madera, and parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, it is famous for its immense granite domes, abundance of beautiful waterfalls, giant sequoia trees, and its desert. Among its natural landmarks are the Yosemite Valley, the most popular area, the granite Half Dome and El Capitan and The Three Brothers rock formation, all great challenges for climbers.

Formed over millions of years by the erosion of the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is one of the largest and most recognized natural spaces in the world: it is an average of 16 kilometers wide and 1.6 deep along almost 450 km of length.  Few know that the first discoverer of the Grand Canyon, who put it on the map and identified it as such, was the Extremaduran García López de Cárdenas, a native of Llerena.  Looking out from its viewpoints and flying over it in a helicopter is one of the most unforgettable travel experiences.

Grand Canyon of the Colorado (Arizona)

Formed over millions of years by the erosion of the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is one of the largest and most recognized natural spaces in the world: it is an average of 16 kilometers wide and 1.6 deep along almost 450 km of length. Few know that the first discoverer of the Grand Canyon, who put it on the map and identified it as such, was the Extremaduran García López de Cárdenas, a native of Llerena. Looking out from its viewpoints and flying over it in a helicopter is one of the most unforgettable travel experiences.

This incredible park is located on the border between the United States and Canada, in the northern region of Montana.  Glacier National Park has some of the most pristine and beautiful scenery in the country and covers an area of ​​more than 400,000 hectares.  It is home to mountains like Chief Mountain as well as frozen lakes and natural lakes like Two Medicine Lake and Hidden Lake.

The Glaciers (Montana)

This incredible park is located on the border between the United States and Canada, in the northern region of Montana. Glacier National Park has some of the most pristine and beautiful scenery in the country and covers an area of ​​more than 400,000 hectares. It is home to mountains like Chief Mountain as well as frozen lakes and natural lakes like Two Medicine Lake and Hidden Lake.

Zion is a very popular National Park located in the southwestern United States, in Utah.  Although it is relatively small, it is one of the most visited in the state for its attractions and characteristic areas, such as the impressive Zion Canyon, 24 km long and uniquely colored by Navajo sandstone.

Zion, Utah

Zion is a very popular National Park located in the southwestern United States, in Utah. Although it is relatively small, it is one of the most visited in the state for its attractions and characteristic areas, such as the impressive Zion Canyon, 24 km long and uniquely colored by Navajo sandstone.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located on the south coast of the island and encompasses two of the largest and most active volcanoes in the state: Kilauea and Mauna Loa.  Kilauea's oldest underwater lava flows have been dated to be around 300,000 years old.  Guided tours of the volcanoes can be made.

Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located on the south coast of the island and encompasses two of the largest and most active volcanoes in the state: Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Kilauea’s oldest underwater lava flows have been dated to be around 300,000 years old. Guided tours of the volcanoes can be made.

Located south of Yellowstone Park, this park covers an area of ​​125,000 hectares, in which the immense valley known as Jackson Hole stands out, which contains Jackson Lake, the National Elk Refuge and the Snake River.  The Tetons are part of the Rocky Mountains and the entire park features a varied ecosystem, from glaciers to wildlife in the forests and plains.

Grand Tetons (Wyoming)

Located south of Yellowstone Park, this park covers an area of ​​125,000 hectares, in which the immense valley known as Jackson Hole stands out, which contains Jackson Lake, the National Elk Refuge and the Snake River. The Tetons are part of the Rocky Mountains and the entire park features a varied ecosystem, from glaciers to wildlife in the forests and plains.

The Sequoia National Park, designated as such in 1890, is known for the age and great size of the trees, the forest of giant sequoias, where the baptized General Sherman survives, the largest living tree in the world, with 84 meters high and a longevity of about 2,500 years.  Other places of interest include the Kern River Canyon and Crystal Cave.

Sequoia National Park (California)

The Sequoia National Park, designated as such in 1890, is known for the age and great size of the trees, the forest of giant sequoias, where the baptized General Sherman survives, the largest living tree in the world, with 84 meters high and a longevity of about 2,500 years. Other places of interest include the Kern River Canyon and Crystal Cave.

La reserva internacional de la biosfera de los Everglades cubre la parte sur del estado de  Florida y representa solo el 20 por ciento de los Everglades originales. Este parque protege uno de los ecosistemas más importantes de los Estados Unidos, con una amplia gama de flora, fauna y vida silvestre. Hay recorridos guiados en embarcaciones especiales por los pantanos y las vías fluviales y también es posible acampar, pero siempre con un ojo atento a los cocodrilos.

Everglades (Florida)

The Everglades International Biosphere Reserve covers the southern part of the state of Florida and represents only 20 percent of the original Everglades. This park protects one of the most important ecosystems in the United States, with a wide range of flora, fauna and wildlife. There are guided tours in special boats through the swamps and waterways and camping is also possible, but always keep an eye out for crocodiles.

Located in the southern part of Arizona, next to the city of Tuscon, Saguaro National Park is divided into two distinct areas: Tuscon and Rincón.  Both preserve the unique landscape of the Sonoran desert, with the typical Arizona plains and the legendary giant Saguaro cactus.  Within the park boundaries are hiking and driving trails such as the Bajada Loop Drive, the Cactus Garden Trail, and the Desert Discovery Nature Trail.  The stargazing here is impressive.

Saguaro National Park (Arizona)

Located in the southern part of Arizona, next to the city of Tuscon, Saguaro National Park is divided into two distinct areas: Tuscon and Rincón. Both preserve the unique landscape of the Sonoran desert, with the typical Arizona plains and the legendary giant Saguaro cactus. Within the park boundaries are hiking and driving trails such as the Bajada Loop Drive, the Cactus Garden Trail, and the Desert Discovery Nature Trail. The stargazing here is impressive.

Located in North Dakota, it is named after the 26th President of the United States, who used to hunt in this region.  It has three distinct geographic areas, including a wide range of wilderness separated by Interstate 94 and Highway 85. The Little Missouri River runs through its center, has good hiking trails, and its wildlife includes bison, coyotes, cougars, prairie dogs and golden eagles.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)

Located in North Dakota, it is named after the 26th President of the United States, who used to hunt in this region. It has three distinct geographic areas, including a wide range of wilderness separated by Interstate 94 and Highway 85. The Little Missouri River runs through its center, has good hiking trails, and its wildlife includes bison, coyotes, cougars, prairie dogs and golden eagles.

Death Valley National Park is located in the westernmost region of California and extends partially into neighboring Nevada.  This wild and intrepid part of California contains vast stretches of the Mojave Desert, salt flats, wastelands, canyons, and beautiful sand dunes.  It's known for Titus Canyon, home to a ghost town and colorful rocks, and the salt flats of Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America.  Popular activities in the park include mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

Death Valley (California)

Death Valley National Park is located in the westernmost region of California and extends partially into neighboring Nevada. This wild and intrepid part of California contains vast stretches of the Mojave Desert, salt flats, wastelands, canyons, and beautiful sand dunes. It’s known for Titus Canyon, home to a ghost town and colorful rocks, and the salt flats of Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. Popular activities in the park include mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

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