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8 National Parks You Must Visit

by Travelbag on 02 September 2016, 15:09PM

With nearly 100 countries claiming land as a ‘National Park’, totaling over 260 National Parks across the world, how do you decide which ones are really worth visiting? We’ve compiled a list of 8 of our favourites to add to your bucket list.

1 - Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming, USA

Yellowstone National Park

The World’s first fully recognised National Park just had to be on the list. This amazingly diverse park is worth seeing in every season and boasts a cacophony of colour all year round. Set on top of the largest super volcano in North America (don’t worry it’s a sleeping giant) the pressure underneath the ground is phenomenal and it shows this off with spectacular water geysers – the most famous being ‘Old Faithful’. 

2 – Serengeti – Tanzania, Africa

Serengeti

The Serengeti is famous for its annual migration of 1.5 million white bearded wildebeest, 250,000 zebra, and numerous Nile crocodile and honey badgers. The name, Serengeti, derives from a Maasai word ‘siringet’ which means “where the land runs on forever” and let us tell you, it certainly feels that way. The African National Park is home to the largest population of lions, meaning there’s a great chance to see the 'Big Five', but don’t expect to see them all in one day due to the vast area covered by the park.

3 – Yosemite – California, USA

Yosemite

The second on our list from the USA, but with very good reason, this Park is home to the iconic Sequoia Trees (commonly known as Redwoods) and boasts the largest sequoia tree in the world – The General Sherman Tree with a massive circumference of 31.3m.

4 – Fiordland – New Zealand

Fjordland

Located at the very south of the South Island, this park bears the brunt of cool airs blowing in, meaning it experiences over 200 days of rainfall. But don’t let the rain put you off; like Snowdonia National Park, the rain makes it all the more beautiful with full rapid rivers, gushing waterfalls and the beautiful pitter patter of rain on the dense woodland canopy above. Not to forget the amazing coastal Fjords New Zealand has to offer, Fiordland Park is home to most of them and a cruise is probably the best way to see them all.

5 – Kakadu – Northern Territory, Australia

Kakadu

The Northern Territory is home to expansive and sparsely populated land, meaning a lot of the area is untouched and free for wildlife to flourish the way Mother Nature intended. As a result, Kakadu National Park is home to a bounty of wildlife; the largest population of saltwater crocodiles, 300 species of bird, as well as numerous kangaroos and camels. All of this is worthless though without some stunning landscape features, and Northern Territory has them in abundance!

6 – Grand Canyon – Arizona, USA

Grand Canyon

This is the final park from the USA on our list, we promise. While the Grand Canyon isn’t the deepest canyon in the world, it is home to probably the prettiest in the world. The amazing red rocks have a mesmeric hold over its virgin visitors, and as familiar a sight it is, it’s near impossible to stop gawping at. 

7 – Komodo National Park – Komodo, Indonesia

Komodo

‘The Land That Time Forgot’ is a title that certainly rings true when talking about this area. Komodo National Park is a group of small Indonesian islands inhabited by the near prehistoric Komodo Dragon and originally became a National Park to protect these threatened animals. The park, located between East and West Nusa Tenggara, is also a great diving spot and home to an awash (if you’ll pardon the pun) of marine diversity. 

8 – Great Barrier Reef – Queensland, Australia

Great Barrier Reef

The only fully marine park on our list, and well worth its place here. As you probably already know, the GBR is possibly the best dive site in the world. Home to 1,500 species of fish, 400 different hard coral species and one-third of all soft coral found in the world. Not to forget, the Famous 8, an underwater ‘Big Five’. A favourite spot to find them is around the wreck of SS Yongala, off the coast of Townsville, revered for its abundance of marine life.

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