The Best National Parks Around the World
National parks are reserved areas set aside by that country’s government to ensure a particular set of land’s flora and fauna are preserved. The very first national park set aside like this was Yellowstone National Park in the USA back in 1872. Today, thankfully, we have national parks of all sizes dotted all over the globe. They differ greatly in their habitat and vegetation but one thing is true for all, they are a gem in that country’s artery. We have picked just a handful of amazing national parks that we suggest you visit in your lifetime!
Asia: Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park, China
Park Location: Northern Sichuan Province, Southwestern China
Area: 720 km2
• Layered waterfalls
• Colourful lakes
• Vibrant forests
• Snow-capped peaks
• Giant Panda
• Golden Monkey
• White-lip Deer
Fascinating Fact: The park only reopened in March 2018 to the public after an earthquake on Aug. 8, 2017.
Europe: Killarney National Park, Ireland
Park Location: Kerry, Ireland
Area: 102.9 km2
• Natural oak, yew and wet woodland
• Sprawling landscapes
• Mountainscapes and lake vistas
• Red Deer
• Red Grouse
• Brown Trout
Fascinating Fact: Evidence of humans found in the region dates to 4000 years ago, during the Bronze Age.
South America: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Park Location: Patagonia, Chile
Area: 1,814 km2
• Staggering jagged mountain peaks
• Ultramarine glaciers
• Lowlands of golden grasses
• Patagonian grey fox
• Chilean Huemul
• Wild Horses.
In June 2014, scientists uncovered fossils of at least 46 ancient specimens of nearly complete skeletons of dolphin-like creatures called Ichthyosaurs which lived between 245 and 90 million years ago.
North America: Yosemite National Park, USA
Park Location: Western Sierra Nevada, California
Area: 3,027 km2
• Tumbling waterfalls
• Magnificent rock domes
• Grassy meadows framed by towering oak, cedar and fir trees
• Black Bear
• Bighorn Sheep
• Mule Deer
Fascinating Fact: 20% of California’s 7,000 plant species are found within Yosemite.
Good to know: The US National Park Service designates several days during the year for free entry to the national parks.
Africa: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Park Location: Mara and Simiu Regions, Northern Tanzania
Area: 14,750 km2
• Riverine forest
Fascinating Fact: It was listed in 1981 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and hosts an average 90,000 visitors each year.
Oceania: Kakadu National Park, Australia
Park Location: Northern Territory, Australia
Area: 19,804 km2
• Sandstone escarpments
• Swimming holes
• Black Wallaroos
• Flat-back Turtles
Fascinating Fact: More than half the park is Aboriginal land and home to 20,000-year-old rock paintings and over 10,000 crocodiles.
*There are no national parks in Antarctic and the continent is governed by parties to the Antarctic Treaty System.