Take a break this month to commune with some of this continent’s treasured and well-loved national parks
Did you know that July is National Recreation and Parks Month? Why don’t you take a break before the month ends and bond with nature by visiting the national park nearest you? If you’re willing to go the distance to visit some of the best, you’re in luck because we’ve listed down some of America’s favorite National Parks.
Explore Nature at Glacier National Park
If you wish to fully explore the wonders of Glacier National Park, you’re in for a treat because you can sign up for “The Great Glacier Adventure”, a 6-day, 5-night adventure exploration of the park. If you’re not up for a week-long adventure, there are still tons of activities to do depending on where you’re staying. If you want to see the area in style, there’s always the red bus tour. Otherwise, you can also visit the museum, go on a boat cruise, relax in the spa, conquer the rocks, or simply explore. Check out the activities offered by each lodging at the Glacier Park’s website. By the way, did you know that Glacier National Park had its centennial celebration in 2010?
Enjoy the View at Mt. Rainier National Park
If you want to just relax and enjoy the view or stop and smell the wildflowers, head on over to Mt. Rainier National Park. While the weather could be wetter (Rainier… get it?) and the mountain may hide behind thick clouds, you can bet your whole week’s dinner that, once the mountain shows up, it really appears in its full majesty. There are a lot of activities to do here like hiking or camping, but what will really make your eyes pop is if you go to the south side, aptly called “Paradise,” where there is a glorious meadow full of wild flowers.
Soak in the Springs at Yellowstone National Park
Would you like to explore hydrothermal wonders side by side with wildlife? Go and visit Yellowstone national park, home of geysers and hot springs, especially the famous Old Faithful Geyser and the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. These two wonders stay true to their names, of course. Old Faithful continues to eject water and vapor and the Grand Prismatic still acts like a prism as it disperses a different color depending on the prevailing bacteria of the season. That said, you’re not allowed to swim in this hot spring, not just because of the bacteria, but because it is just too hot for human skin. There are some hot springs in the surrounding area where people are allowed to swim, in case you’re wondering. Take a dip in the Boiling River, the park’s most popular soaking destination. Don’t worry, it’s not really boiling.
Hike through Yosemite National Park
Unlike the short-tempered animated character, Yosemite Sam, Yosemite National Park is a happy place to be. Whether you’re into physical activities such as rock climbing, biking, and hiking, or you just like to watch and take photos of the gorgeous waterfalls and the wildlife roaming the area, Yosemite has room for you. You’ll also find the Half Dome in Yellowstone for that perfect nature photo-op (see photo below).
Take the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon
Surely you can’t miss the Grand Canyon! This natural wonder is in many must-visit list of places. If you feel daring on the day of your visit, try taking photos on the Skywalk. If you’re on an adventure streak, you can always go hiking or white water rafting afterwards. On second thought, don’t even wait to feel adventurous when you reach the Grand Canyon, just go for it and experience the thrill!
Have you visited any National Parks lately?by