US National Parks Travel Guide
US National Parks are spectacular treasures that should be explored by everyone. Visitors every year leave with their own respect and appreciation for the awesome beauty that each and every park has to offer. With hundreds of destinations across the country of National Parks and Monuments, Seashores, Historic Parks and more, everyone has an opportunity to travel to one of these beautiful parks. From Acadia and Zion National Parks to White Sands National Monument, it’s time to get out and enjoy!
US National Parks – Spring in the National Parks
For Spring travel to the National Parks we are highlighting our attention to some of the most spectacular U.S. sceneries such as; Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Yosemite and Olympic National Parks as well as Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These parks vary by offering everything from awe inspiring mountains, gorgeous scenery and spectacular wildlife opportunities!
Rocky Mountain National Park Coyote
Established on January 26, 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park is a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak. Wildflower-lovers are never disappointed in June and July when the meadows and hillsides are splashed with botanical color.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is famous for hosting more than 10,000-plus hot springs and geysers , the majority of the planet’s total. Yellowstone’s geothermal wonders are created by one of the world’s largest active volcanoes; its last eruption caused a crater or caldera that spans almost half of the parks size.
Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is located in northwestern Wyoming. Grand Teton National Park protects stunning mountain scenery and a diverse array of wildlife. The central feature of the park is the Teton Range – an active, fault-block, 40-mile-long mountain front.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, which was set aside as a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the worlds largest living things.
Olympic National Park
Glacier capped mountains, wild Pacific coast and magnificent stands of old-growth forests, including temperate rain forests — at Olympic National Park, you can find all three. About 95% of the park is designated wilderness, which further protects these diverse and spectacular ecosystems.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, established in June of 1934, is one of the largest protected areas in the Eastern United States. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life , the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of its wilderness sanctuary, the park attracts over nine million visitors each year.
US National Monuments
From Devils Tower to White Sands National Monument, the US has an abundance of these gorgeous parks.
White Sands National Monument
Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert and have created the worlds largest gypsum dune field.
Due to missile testing on the adjacent White Sands Missile Range, it is occasionally necessary, for visitor safety, to close the Dunes Drive for periods of up to three hours. U.S. Highway 70 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces is also closed during times of missile testing.
At the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert lies a mountain ringed valley called the Tularosa Basin. Rising from the heart of this basin is one of the world’s great natural wonders – the glistening white sands of New Mexico.
Here, great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert and have created the world’s largest gypsum dune field. The brilliant white dunes are ever changing: growing, cresting, then slumping, but always advancing. Slowly but relentlessly the sand, driven by strong southwest winds, covers everything in its path. Within the extremely harsh environment of the dune field, even plants and animals adapted to desert conditions struggle to survive. Only a few species of plants grow rapidly enough to survive burial by moving dunes, but several types of small animals have evolved a white coloration that camouflages them in the gypsum sand.
White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this gypsum dune field, along with the plants and animals that have successfully adapted to this constantly changing environment.
Pinnacles National Monument
Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.
Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California’s Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement. Within the monument’s boundaries lie 24,000 acres of diverse wildlands. The monument is renowned for the beauty and variety of its spring wildflowers. A rich diversity of wildlife can be observed throughout the year.
The rock formations of Pinnacles National Monument divide the park into East and West Districts which are connected by trails, but not by a vehicle road. More than 30 miles of trails access geological formations, spectacular vistas and wildland communities. The Pinnacles’ rock formations are a popular destination to challenge technical climbers. Pinnacles is a day-use park, with occasional full moon hikes and dark sky astronomical observations led by ranger-interpreters.