With all the stress in the metro, you can’t help but want to take a break from the concrete jungle. Whenever you feel tired of the bustling city and the busy streets, check out these top 3 national parks in the US and you’ll surely feel one with nature:
- Yosemite National Park
In California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, you will find the famous Yosemite National Park. More than 3 million people visit this park each year and it has been certified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The beautiful environment was created due to glacial activity, from the waterfalls, canyons, and the mountains. Yosemite National Park houses several waterfalls, including North America’s tallest waterfall – the Ribbon Falls.
This park is also where you can find the spectacular Horsetail Waterfall, popularly known as the waterfall that “glows.” During certain times, the sun would directly hit the water, giving it the appearance of being on fire. Another waterfall found in the place is the Bridalveil Falls, because the wind blowing the water to the side makes it look like a bride’s veil blowing in the wind. The park is also home to a variety of flora and fauna.
- Grand Canyon National Park
Located in northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park is the 15th oldest national park in the US. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, where you can find the Grand Canyon which is often listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The one-mile deep Canyon stretches up to 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide. The area can be accessed through its north and south rim, with the south opening all throughout the year and the north closed during winter season.
Nearly five million people visit the canyon each year, most of them visiting the park via the south rim since it is more accessible. In case you do not want to join in with the usually-crowded south rim, you always have the option to take the route to the less packed north rim (which is a 21-mile walking distance across the canyon via the North and South Kaibab Trails). For the adventure seekers and backpackers who want to hike, ride a mule, or take a river trip, the desert-like inner canyon is also available for exploration. River trips could last for days or weeks, and it is not yet possible to explore the canyon via river in just one day.
Aside from its beauty, the canyon also holds important geological data as its walls show layers of the Earth’s history. Also, the process of its formation – being carved by the Colorado River – leaves people in awe about the magnificence of nature.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
First on the list is the Great Smoky Mountains, which is so much more than just a smoky mountain. Linking the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains a diversity of flora and fauna in its 520,000-acre stretch. The area has been dubbed as the Salamander Capital of the World, with over 30 species of salamander. It was also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 due to the variety of species in the place, with 200 types of birds, 67 species of mammals, 80 different types of amphibians and reptiles, 67 types of fish, and 17,000 kinds of insects.
The mountains are said to be more than a hundred years old. During the Ice Age, the Smoky Mountains played an important role in the migration and habitat of animals. Because the glaciers covered most of North America, the animals moved to the mountains to seek refuge, and this is probably why there is a huge number of species inhabiting the area.
It is open 24 hours for every day of the year – though some areas are closed during the winter season – and has no admission fee. The park is easily accessible, and with more than 9 million people visiting the park per year, it has become America’s most visited national park. Its highest peak, the Clingmans Dome, has an observation tower where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the smoky mountains. The mountain’s misty environment is due to its high elevation, and evaporation from trees caused the cloudy effect in the area.
So what are you waiting for? Hit the road and visit any one of these national parks nearest to you! If you travel alone and get lonely, jump on social media and chat with some people. You can find Kik nudes and Snapchat sexting by going on social media forums. Dirty Usernames is one of the best sites for Kik usernames and Snapchat nudes. Don’t let loneliness stop you from traveling to these destinations. Rest assured that you’ll finally get the peace and quiet you’ve always yearned for.