The coming of spring means fair weather; blue skies and warm temperatures. Spring is the perfect time to spend some time outdoors. In order to celebrate Earth Day next week, why not visit some of America’s most favorite National Parks? During National Park Week, park entrance fees will be waived in all parks to encourage you to visit. Perhaps you can even make a camping adventure out of your trip! Keep reading below for a list of parks to visit this spring!
By far the most popular and well known natural wonder of the world, the Grand Canyon receives up to 5 million visitors annually, but with how big it is (1,217,403 acres!) there’s plenty of space to explore without running into any other tourists. The South Rim offers some of the best viewing points, from the historic Desert View Watchtower to Guano Point. A bit of a drive from Las Vegas, its most easily accessible from Flagstaff.
Fun Fact: The most popular part of the Grand Canyon is outside the park in the Hualapai Indian Reservation. Here one can find the scenic West Rim and, most importantly, step out onto the Grand Canyon Skywalk, an horseshoe shaped glass bridge that lets visitors step 4,000 feet (1219 meters) above the Canyon!
There are plenty of ways to explore the Canyon, from a thrilling helicopter tour, a luxurious Pink Jeep tour, or a comfortable and all-inclusive bus tour from Las Vegas.
One of America’s greatest geological treasures is Bryce Canyon. The park is a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters carved on the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The limestone rock of the Claron Formation has taken unique shapes, including slot canyons, fins, windows and spires for you to explore, dubbed “hoodoos.” With dozens upon dozen of viewpoints, you’ll want to explore it with your camera at sunset and sunrise to get the most magical shots. Generally paired with Antelope Canyon and Zion National Park, Bryce can be visited on an easy 2-day trip from Las Vegas.
As the first and oldest in the United States, Yellowstone is one of the most intact ecosystems and diverse in the country. From volcanic geothermal fields dotted with active geysers and hot springs to roaring rivers and waterfalls, Yellowstone tries to cover every base. Unlike Grand Canyon, where the biggest attract is the sweeping horizon, Yellowstone is active with a variety of wildlife including bison, elk, moose, and bears, all of which you’re want to keep your camera ready for (at a safe distance, of course). Located at the northwest corner of Wyoming, Yellowstone is a straight shot from Salt Lake City or Seattle, both of which will offer scenic routes along the way.
Whether you’re camping, staying at a rustic lodge, or taking a quick day trip from San Francisco, you cannot help but feel a sense of awe when experiencing the granite, glaciers, and serenity of Yosemite. Known for its fantastic waterfalls, deep valleys, ancient sequoias and vast meadows, Yosemite is a treasure trove of magic wonders just waiting for you to explore. You can hike, bike or take a bus tour of the park to see iconic landmarks such as Half Dome and Glacier Point.
Follow the footsteps of natives of the past and pioneers at Utah’s first national park, Zion! A gorgeous mixture of massive sandstone cliffs and rich green valleys, Zion has been captivating travelers for centuries. Hike its gorgeous cliffs, explore is wide valleys, and enjoy this captivating park. Not far from Bryce Canyon, the two can be paired together on a colorful day trip from Las Vegas.
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