10 of America’s Most Exquisite National Parks

Are you planning a vacation or just craving for some eye candy?, discover the various  things you can do at 10 of  the most exquisite  National Parks in America – Parks you should visit at least once in your lifetime!

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Image Source: flickr/Grand Canyon National Park

1. Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park is the United States’ 15th oldest national park. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the park is located in Arizona. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size.

Things you can do at Grand Canyon National Park:

Bird Watching & Wildlife Viewing
Bus/Motorcoach tours
Camping & Backpacking
Family/Children’s programs
Hiking – 100+ miles of premier hiking trails
Historical Sites
Interpretive Programs – Ranger led walks & talks
Museums & Galleries
Mule Rides & Trips
Nature Walks
Native American Performances & Music
Gifts & Souvenirs
Stargazing – Grand Canyon National Park is famous for it’s night skies!
Train rides on Grand Canyon Railway
River Rafting
Visitor Centers

How to get there:

A 277 mile long (446 km) canyon separates the park into South and North Rims.

The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is Open All Year and is located on the “Arizona” side of the Canyon. The South Rim receives 90% of the park’s visitation.

The South Rim has an airport and rail service and is a 90 minute drive from Interstate 40 and the transportation centers of Williams and Flagstaff, Arizona. A larger city with a major airport, Phoenix, Arizona, is also on this side of the canyon, and is approximately a four hour drive.

The North Rim of the park is more remote, and harder to get to.
Lodging, restaurants and shops are open from May 15th through October 15 each year.
The North Rim receives 10% of the park’s visitation.

The North Rim is located on the “Utah” side of the Grand Canyon and the entrance station is 30 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67. (The actual rim of the Grand Canyon with visitor services is an additional 14 miles south of the entrance station.) There is no airport or rail service to the park.