Our Earth has been blessed with various kinds of natural resources like mountains, rivers, oceans, meadows, plains, plateaus, parks and much more. The beauty of this world has been enhanced by these natural resources. Every other day, some new place in the world is discovered. Some of these places are so beautiful that once you are there, they make you feel like as if you are standing in a heaven. Talking particularly of national parks, there are various national parks in the world possessing some unique natural resource. Some of them are so beautiful that you must see them before you die! Here is a list of top ten most visited national parks in the world:
10. Glacier National Park
9. Acadia National Park
Located near the coast of Maine in the Northeast is Acadia National Park. Acadia National Park is known throughout the world for perfect tracks for biking and other adventurous activities and outdoorsy. Another highlight of this park is that it has gigantic granite mountains. One of the tallest mountains in Atlantic coast of United Sates is Cadillac Mountain, 1530 feet high, located in this park. Many of these granite mountains are famous for rock climbing and bouldering. Historic lighthouses like Mt. Desert Island lighthouse and Bass Harbor Head are also situated in this park.
8. Zion National Park
Zion National Park is eighth in our list of top ten most visited national parks in the world. It is located near Utah, in Springdale. The highlight of this national park is the amazing Zion canyon. The view of this canyon makes you feel like standing in a breathtaking beauty of heaven. These walls created by the canyon are often mistaken as mighty mountains because of their huge size. Colorful sandstones like red, pink and creamy tones are found here. The park is home to huge mammals and desert flora and fauna.
7. Rocky Mountain National Park
Another most visited national park is Rocky Mountain National Park located in the north region of Colorado states of United States of America. The park is home to huge mountains, wildlife creatures, a wide range of unique plants and varied climatic changes. This is a huge park that has five visitor centers. One of the major reasons why people visit this park so frequently is the scenic view of majestic mountain range that this national park offers. Another reason is that is has 350 hiking trails, birdingopportunities, snowshoeing in winters and skydiving facilities.
6. Olympic National Park
This park is located in Washington, Olympic Peninsula, United States of America. The park was created by Theodore Roosevelt in 1909. The park gained popularity after it was designated as International Biosphere Reserve in 1976 and World Heritage Site in 1981. In 1988, the park’s ninety five percent area was declared as Olympic Wilderness. Sometimes, the park is called “three parks in one”. This park contains various features that attract visitors like scenic destinations, rustic campgrounds, picnic spots, grand lodges, visitor center etc.
5. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is a richly blessed national park that contains a huge number of natural signs and habitats. The park is located in Wyoming, United States of America. The park was founded by Ulysses S. Grant in 1872 after being signed into law. Yellowstone is often home to various scientists because of its geothermal features, wildlife and flora fauna. Old Faithful Geyser is one of the popular and most attracting features of this park. The park spreads over the total area of 3,468.4 square miles. According to park management, the number of visitors visiting Yellowstone is constantly growing over the years.
4. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is another one of the most frequently visited national parks in the world, located near Tuolumne Mariposa and Madera counties in the state of California, United States of America. This park covers the total area of 747,956 acres. Yosemite National Park stretches over the western side of Sierra Nevada mountain chain. The park contains a huge quantity and diversity in flora and fauna. This park is one of those which contain five vegetation zones. One of the major features of this park is Half Dome. Every year, millions of visitors across the globe come here to visit this amazing park.
3. The Grand Canyon
This park is second in the list of top ten most visited national parks in the world. It is located in Arizona State of United States of America. It is basically a canyon that has been carved out by Colorado River over millions of years. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, over a mile deep and 18 kilometers wide. President Roosevelt preserved the area as a national monument. The area was designated as a park in 1919. Every year, more than 4.4 million people visit this great natural beauty.
2. Great Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in United States. This park is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The total area covering this park is 2,114 kilometers square. Every year, more than 9.4 million visitors visit this park. The great smoky mountain park is located a the ridgeline, being a part of Blue Ridge Mountains, which are in turn a part of greater Appalachian Mountain chain. Every year, millions of people come here for recreational purposes like hiking, wildlife seeing, picnics and scenic drive.
1. Golden Gate National Recreational Area
Golden Gate National Recreational Area is another designated park located in San Francisco, United States of America. This park is basically responsible for the protection of approximately eighty thousand acres of historically and ecologically important and famous landscapes. A major portion of this park is used by US army. It is the most frequently visited parks in the world and in United States, having 13 million visitors per year, according to the management of the park. Golden Gate National Park is one of the most visited and one of the largest urban parks in the world, which comprises of various natural signs like lakes, mountains, meadows etc.