If you ask any adventurer, or experienced traveler, what they see as the best National Parks in the world, the answers will be varied and interesting. If you’re looking to visit one, you’re probably wondering what the best parks are and the ones that will offer the best combination of natural beauty and hiking trails, for example. We’ve done some digging, and here’s what we recommend:
- Skatafell National Park
Iceland is a country full of diversity; you can find glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, and waterfalls. If you are into hiking, you will love this country because there are many hiking trails, and you will be able to make a round trip in a day! Located in the northern half of Iceland, the beautiful valleys of Skatafell National Park surround the Hrunagil canyon, which is one of the largest canyons on the island. Within the park itself is a wide variety of landscapes, including lava fields, forests, wide-open spaces, and waterfalls.
Just a few of the many waterfalls in the park are Hrafnabjargafoss, which is a series of tall cascades located near the start of the canyon, and Aðafoss, which is a cascading waterfall that sits at the end of the canyon.
- Hell’s Gate National Park
The park is located in the southeastern corner of the country, between the towns of Naivasha and Nakuru. Its name comes from the iron-red colors of its soil, which are a result of oxidized iron. The landscape is dominated by the Hell’s Gate Gorge, which runs for 28 kilometers along the Kichwa River.
Hell’s Gate is an intense, dramatic park with a name as fiery as its landscape. But the park is also surprisingly undeveloped, which adds to the sense of raw wilderness and mystery. The private land of wealthy ranchers surrounds this remote park, so you won’t find any restaurants or gift shops in the park, but you will find some gorgeous views in Kenya.
- Pacific Rim National Park
Pacific Rim National Park is located on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and it is a part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. It is one of the most popular national parks in Canada, and it has the highest attendance of any national park in the country. In fact, in 2012, Pacific Rim National Park attracted over one million visitors for the first time.
The Park has three main areas: Long Beach, Broken Group Islands, and the west coast Trail. The park is actually named after the Pacific Rim, the geographic region that stretches around the Pacific Ocean. This region of the world is defined as the area between Asia and the Americas along the western coastline (hence the name), and many of the national parks in the region were named after the ocean itself.
- Corcovado National Park
With its steep, green mountains that surround the Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica is home to one of the most picturesque national parks in the world. It is home to the largest area of tropical rainforest in the country and is known for its biodiversity. Though it is actually part of the Guanacaste Conservation Area, it is its own national park. It encloses an area of 109,000 acres, making it the largest protected area in Costa Rica.
To visit the park, you will first need to get to the city of Quepos, where you will then need to hire a boat or helicopter to get to the park itself. Don’t worry about the language barrier, though, as many people will speak English.
- Göreme National Park
As you probably know, Turkey is a truly beautiful country with lots of fascinating and amazing places to visit. Still, there is no doubt that Göreme National Park is one of the most fascinating and amazing ones. For this reason, it is one of the most visited places in Turkey, and it is a favorite among many tourists who visit this country.
What makes this park a favorite among travelers is its natural beauty, its rich history, and the amazing cave system that is located within its borders, with caves that are known as a natural World Heritage Site.
When you look at the sheer diversity of National parks around the world, it is clear that there is something for everyone. You will not be disappointed by the lush scenery, geological wonders, and wildlife for those of you with a love of nature. For those of you who have a passion for history, you will be delighted to find that the National parks are filled with fascinating historical sites, and for gourmands, you will be able to sample all sorts of new and interesting bits of cuisine.