Top 7 Most Unique National Parks
7. Yosemite National Park
Best known for its magnificent waterfalls, Yosemite National Park is a shrine for beauty, including deep, rolling valleys, granite and glaciers, and so much more! This vast wilderness is home to grand meadows and vast, ancient sequoias where 7 present-day tribes place their history and roots.
Yosemite offers an incredible variety of things to do including national park norms like biking, hiking, fishing, etc. as well as things unique to the park itself! Try water or winter sports depending on what time of year you’re visiting! There is also extensive bird watching and rock climbing like no other. Learn more about this classic attraction here and remember to get outdoors!
6. Arches National Park
Arches National Park is a unique dreamlike setting that is a sunset colored sea of mystical sandstone arches; true to its name in every way. These sand deposit left over from ancient, evaporated salt seas create a picture perfect dream setting. Camp under the darkest of desert night skies or discover amazing views of shapes and sizes on 20 miles worth of winding trails that will challenge even the most experienced of hikers. Take a peak at more details of this wonderland here.
There is nothing else like these incredible statues that paint the Utah desert red with cool shapes and sizes; they are truly unlike anything you've ever seen before!
5. St. Croix Island International Historic Site
Take a short ride from Acadia National Park along Maine’s coastal route one down east to a small site that carries a big history. Before Jamestown AND Plymouth Rock, this area of St. Croix Island housed a new French presence, a colony that like many others, almost didn’t make it. Sharing a border with Canada, this small and sacred island is nestled in the middle of the St. Croix River. So pack a lunch & grab your binoculars for a hike through history! This fragile reveal of the past is must-see.
4. Katmai National Park and Preserve
This valley, created by the largest volcanic eruption of the 21st century, sits on the Alaska’s northern peninsula where brown bears quite literally out number people. A place where salmon are pink and plentiful, fishing with one of nature’s fiercest predators isn’t out of the question.
Katmai is unlike any other national park and although this remote spot is difficult to get to, seeing as you must travel almost exclusively by boat or plane, it is definitely worth it for some of the best opportunities the natural world has to offer! Take a 45- minute Culture Walk with a native ranger, fish for rainbow trout over 30 inches in length, or if danger is more your style, you’re welcome to try bear wrestling… but our money’s on the bear! Visit the website for more details on the adventure of a lifetime… or watch a live stream of Brooks Fall’s bear cam here and watch the bears in their natural habitat.
3. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
If you’ve never heard of Bighorn Canyon, you’re missin’ out! This national gem is cliff-encased lake just waiting to be discovered! Named after the bighorn sheep that make it their home, this can’t-beat sensation entertains a 71-mile long lake, huge mountains with 1,000 to 2,500 foot cliffs, Peregrine falcons, wild horses, and so much more (if that’s possible)!
The amazing waters and stories of those who have explored and settled on Bighorn River is what drives people to visit this creation of Yellowtail Dam. The ranches, fourteen different hiking trails, and over all archaeology of Bighorn Canyon is an inspiring awe just waiting to soak you in wonders! If you don’t believe us, check it out for yourself on their website.
2. Chaco Culture National Historic Park
Don’t be discouraged by the rough terrain and beyond difficult access to Chaco Canyon, the adventure is worth it (& we’re not talkin’ about the shoes)! This World Heritage site is full of amazing history dating back even before Columbus sailed the ocean blue… you know, in 1492. The “Chaco” civilization left behind hundreds of sandstone buildings, impressive for their time & most definitely a must-see!
Today, visitors are able to travel back in time and immerse themselves in American history with guided walks or self-tours. Prepare to be amazed by the many backcountry trails or camp under the most unimaginably dark New Mexico night skies. Trust, this will definitely be one of your best ideas.
1. Great Smokey Mountains National Park
North Carolina, Tennessee
This famous landmark is number one on our list for a reason! A blanket of forest nestled in between the North Carolina and Tennessee border is home to magnificent wildlife, full of diversity. Not only is the wonder of the world America’s most visited National Park, it is home to the most ancient Southern Appalachian mountain culture.
The Smokies are great for camping, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and so much more, with marvelous trails and pavilions; not to mention, the views! The best part, it never closes! Feel free to visit 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for FREE. Visit the website to find out more about this national treasure!
Some of our favorite destinations within the park include (but not limited to) Cades Cove, Cataloochee, Clingmans Dome, and Roaring Forks. Meanwhile the most popular activities are things like auto touring, bicycling, fishing, backpacking, waterfall walks, etc.