The United States is home to an array of beautiful monuments and natural phenomenon, from Niagara Falls, to the Grand Canyon, to the Rocky Mountains. Beauty is what the United States is all about and the national parks are no different. The beautiful scenery, exciting trails, and family environment makes the country's national parks a must see. Five national parks that everyone should visit are Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Denali National Park.
Yosemite National Park is located in the eastern region of California stretching 761,268 acres and extends across the slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. This beautiful park is known for its aesthetic waterfalls that include Yosemite Falls (2,425 ft), Bridalveil Falls (620 feet), Vernal Fall (317 feet), Nevada Fall (594 feet), Ribbon Fall (1,612 feet), Horsetail Fall (1,000 feet), Illilouette Fall (370 feet), Wapama Falls (1,400 feet), and Chilnualna Falls (about 2,200 feet). The Giant Sequoias of Yosemite National Park contain three groves: the Tuolumne Grove which spans about 20 acres and contains the Dead Giant (tree that is 29 1/2 feet in diameter), the Merced Grove which is the least reachable of the other groves and has about 20 trees, and the Mariposa Grove which is the largest of the three groves and contatins over 200 trees. The Yosemite Valley, which was formed by glaciation, is one of the most unbelievable sites in the park. Yosemite National Park was once home to Native Americans starting 10,000 years ago and they named Yosemite Valley "Ahwahnee" or "place of the gaping mouth."
The Grand Canyon National park is located in Arizona and is one of the oldest national parks in America. Environmental conversationalists fought hard to make this park a national monument in 1908. This park has been a heaven of archaeological discovery for over a century. Fossilized evidence has been found from the following cultures: Paleo-Indian, Archaic, Basketmaker, Ancestral Puebloan, Cerbat, Pai, Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, and Euro-American. The many different tourist attractions include the inner rim of the canyon, Hermits Rest, Desert View Drive, Yaki Point, and the Tusayan Ruin and Museum.
Yellowstone National Park is found primarily in the state of Wyoming but extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone National Park is comprised of 3,468 square miles and is home to an array of different animals that includes grizzly bears, wolves, bison, fish, reptiles and elk. The plant life of Yellowstone ranges from wildflowers to Yellowstone Sand Verbana. This park was first inhabited 11,000 years ago by Native Americans.
Rocky Mountain National Park is located in the northern region of Colorado. Animal life in this park include the bobcat, black bears, puma, fox, coyote, elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, cougars, eagles, and hawks. The beautiful Bear Lake and Rocky Mountains personify the beauty of this national park.
The Denali National Park is located in Alaska. One of the world wonders of Denali National Park is the 20,320 foot tall Mt. McKinley. Tourists come from all over the world to take a glimpse of the massive mountain. Most of the mountain is treeless which offers a easier view at wildlife from the summit of Mt. McKinley. Animal life includes wolves, wolverines, moose, foxes, and countless bird species.
When she's not touring national parks across the country, Louise Baker is a freelance writer and online blogger. Her most recent work can be found at Zen College Life, where she blogs about online schools and the best online colleges.