Amazing National Parks Around the World

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

china, Shuzheng Valley Falls, Jiuzhaigou National Park,National Parks Around the World
Shuzheng Valley Falls, Jiuzhaigou National Park: Photo on Flickr by ccdoh1 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Park Location: Northern Sichuan Province, Southwestern China

Area: 720 km2
Known For:
• Layered waterfalls
• Colourful lakes
• Vibrant forests
• Snow-capped peaks
Species Including:
• Giant Panda
• Golden Monkey
• White-lip Deer
• Leopards
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
Known For:
• Natural oak, yew and wet woodland
• Sprawling landscapes
• Mountainscapes and lake vistas
• Red Deer
• Red Grouse
• Dragonfly
• 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

The granite towers that give the Torres del Paine National Park its name

Park Location: Patagonia, Chile

Area: 1,814 km2
Known For:
• Staggering jagged mountain peaks
• Ultramarine glaciers
• Lowlands of golden grasses
Species Including:
• Guanaco
• Puma
• Patagonian grey fox
• Chilean Huemul
• Wild Horses.
Fascinating Fact:
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
Known For:
• Tumbling waterfalls
• Magnificent rock domes
• Grassy meadows framed by towering oak, cedar and fir trees
• Black Bear
• Bighorn Sheep
• Coyote
• Mule Deer
• Bobcat
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

africa,Elephant at sunset in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Elephant at sunset in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Park Location: Mara and Simiu Regions, Northern Tanzania
Area: 14,750 km2
Known For:
• Grassland
• Riverine forest
• Woodlands
• Savannah
• Buffalo
• Elephant
• Giraffe
• Topi
• Gazelle
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

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory,Australia,anbangbang rock shelter
Anbangbang Rock Shelter, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Park Location: Northern Territory, Australia
Area: 19,804 km2
Known For:
• Wetlands
• Sandstone escarpments
• Waterfalls
• Swimming holes
• Billabongs
• Crocodiles
• Black Wallaroos
• Wallabies
• 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.

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Helen O'Keeffe works in marketing for Ireland Walk Hike Bike. They organise self-guided and guided tours of Ireland including hiking, walking and cycling for varying degrees of experience.

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