North America is world-famous for its 110 National Parks. Found dotted across the USA and Canada, each has its own unique features that attract travellers from all over the world. Here are six National Parks in North America you must visit in your lifetime! 

1. Yosemite National Park, California 

Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite is California’s beloved National Park. There is so much variety found within its grounds that it never ceases to amaze first-time, or return, visitors. With towering sequoia forests, waterfalls galore, massive granite domes, grassy meadows and hundreds of walking tracks, it is truly a natural wonder of North America. No matter if you’re after an adrenaline rush on a hike, or some peaceful tranquillity amongst wildlife, you must visit Yosemite National Park on your travels. 

2. Arches National Park, Utah 

Arches National Park
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The red-rock formations of Arches National Park make you feel like you’ve entered another world. There are over 2,000 natural stone arches dotted throughout the park (hence its name), as well as towers and balanced rocks of an astonishing size. History dates the beginning of this mysterious area back to millions of years ago. One of the best ways to see as much of the park as possible is on a scenic drive along the paved park roads. Keep your camera handy! 

3. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 

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While travellers visit Shenandoah National Park all year round, autumn is the most popular season. The changing colours of the tree leaves creates a picture-perfect postcard, full of fiery colours across the park. There are plenty of walking trails, so Shenandoah is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. 

4. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon 

Crater Lake National Park
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Crater Lake National Park is unique in that it is found within a dormant volcano. The eruption of Mount Mazama over 7,500 years ago created a 600+ metre deep crater, and it has since been filled with melted snow and rain to become America’s deepest lake. Its water clarity is world-famous and simply spectacular to witness firsthand. The park is also remote so with very little light pollution, a clear night sky brings some of the country’s best Milky Way viewing.  

5. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah 

Bryce Canyon National Park
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With over 30 kilometres of sandstone cliffs, Bryce Canyon National Park is home to phenomenal vistas as far as the eye can see. The park is famous for its towering hoodoos and unusual rock formations, all with shades of red splashed across them. Bryce Canyon is extremely popular with people taking advantage of its many walking trails, as well as those wanting to have their fill of unspoiled stargazing. 

6. Jasper National Park, Alberta 

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At over 11,000 square kilometres, Jasper National Park is the largest found in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It is truly wild, complete with glaciers, ice fields, lakes, and waterfalls. It can be visited year-round which attracts travellers of all interests and ages. A highlight is Spirit Island, found at the end of Maligne Lake. Surrounded by a mountain range on three sides, Spirit Island is a spiritual place for the Stoney Nakado First Nation who believe that mountains represent their ancestors.  

Globus and Cosmos offer a fantastic range of tours that include visits to, and/or overnights, in several National Parks in North America. Book your dream coach tour today! 

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