Let’s travel among the 5 continents to discover some of the most spectacular natural scenery. Apart from preserving a nation’s natural wonders like oceans, lakes, forests, jungles, mountains, and flora and fauna, National parks are also a great retreat for nature enthusiasts.
1. Iguazu National Park, Argentina
The Iguazu National Park is a national park of Argentina, located in the north of Misiones, Argentina. This national park is among the world’s visually and acoustically most stunning natural sites for its massive waterfalls.
2. Grand Canyon National Park, United States
Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. A giant gorge created by the Colorado River, which offers unforgettable scenarios thanks to the color of the rocks.
3. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Fiordland National Park occupies the southwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand. It is by far the largest of the 14 national parks in New Zealand, with an area of 12,607 square kilometres (4,868 sq mi). This wild area that offers breathtaking shows, among forests, glaciers, waterfalls and fjords overlooking the ocean.
4. Banff National Park, Canada
Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, established in 1885. Spread over an area of 6,641 square kilometers of unparalleled mountain scenery, also the country’s first national park, is snuggled in the spectacular Canadian Rockies.
5. Yellowstone National Park, United States
Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful.
6. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is a 295-sq.-km forest reserve in central Croatia. It’s known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes interlocked by a series of waterfalls, cascades, and miles-long boardwalk trails. Natural dams of travertine separate the lakes, that renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, gray or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the number of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
7. Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls National Park in north-western Zimbabwe protects the south and east bank of the Zambezi River in the area of the world-famous Victoria Falls. A notable feature of the park is the rainforest which grows in the spray of the falls, including ferns, palms, liana vines, and a number of trees such as mahogany not seen elsewhere in the region.
8. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a protected area in the Northern Territory of Australia. The Park covers an area of 1326 km2 and is a sacred place for Aboriginal Australians. The sandstone monolith stands 348 metres (1,142 ft) high with most of its bulk below the ground.
9. Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger National Park is a South African National Park and one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 19,485 km2 (7,523 sq mi). Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South African Republic in 1898, and it became South Africa’s first national park in 1926. If you think of a safari you can only think of this nature reserve in South Africa, pristine habitat of elephants, zebras, monkeys, impalas, giraffes, lions, leopards, buffalo, condors, ravens, baboons, rhinos, hippos, warthogs and hyenas.
10. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador
Galapagos National Park established in 1959 and beginning operations in 1968, is Ecuador’s first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The executive decree considered the high ecological value of this archipelago, which is why it declares 97% of the land area a National Park, making it the first protected area in the country.