At winter’s end, nature comes back to live. River ice breaks up and snow melts, feeding spectacular waterfalls. Wildlife wakes up and becomes more active. Wildflowers in all colors cover mountain meadows. And it’s not only nature that awakes; after a long winter, people grow restless and yearn for the outdoors as well. Therefore, if you’re looking for a spring destination, check out the five American national parks for spring adventures below.
Top 5 US National Parks for Spring Adventures
Especially in spring, national parks boast gorgeous natural scenery and make for the absolute best destinations. Whether you’re after mountains, canyons or deserts, hiking, climbing, cycling or wildlife watching, these are the places you want to be in spring.
5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
As the snow in the Blue Ridge slowly melts, waterfalls start roaring. Trees grow new leaves, black bears leave their dens and birds arrive back from their winter grounds. Wildflowers cover rolling meadows. This is the most colorful time of year in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and almost certainly the best period to admire waterfalls, spot wildlife and enjoy the colors of blooming plants.
4. Yosemite National Park
By April, Yosemite National Park’s thick layer of snow begins to turn to water. This is when the peak waterfall season kicks off. Home to some of the tallest waterfalls in North America, this iconic park is at its prime beauty in spring. This is without a question one of the best national parks for spring adventures, waterfall photography, challenging hikes, wildflower walks and wildlife watching.
3. Grand Canyon National Park
While the mornings can still be rather chilly in Grand Canyon National Park in spring, this is nonetheless the greatest time of the entire year for canyon hikes. The rims will still have a thin layer of snow and ice, but down into the canyon, it already is warm. The later in the year, the more challenging, hot and even dangerous canyon hikes become. Go in spring!
2. Shenandoah National Park
Just like Great Smoky Mountains, waterfalls, forests, rolling mountains, wildlife and wildflowers characterize Shenandoah National Park. One of the park’s major features is its numerous waterfalls and spring is the optimum time of year to see them. I recommend South River Falls, Doyles River Falls and Dark Hollow Falls. This is also a wonderful time for wildlife spotting, as well as going for wildflower walks in Big Meadows.
1. Joshua Tree National Park
One of the greatest desert parks in America, Joshua Tree National Park is one of the best national parks for spring adventures. In March and April, temperatures are at their most comfortable, allowing for long days of desert exploring. Hiking, bouldering, cycling and horseback riding are all popular things to do in the spring season. While the days are pleasant, the nights are cool and ideal for camping and campfires.
Have you ever visited any of these 5 American national parks for spring adventures? What did you do there? Tell us in the comments below!