What better thing to do on long winter nights than looking at inspiring photos from iconic places? I, personally, spend many hours each winter reading travel guides, browsing through photo books and searching new destinations online. It’s probably one of my favorite winter activities, especially on a bone-chillingly cold day. Lately, I’ve become more and more attracted to national parks. I’ve recently spent some time looking up the greatest national parks in the United States—and added them all to my travel wish list—and I’d like to share what I’ve found with you guys.
There are dozens of national parks in the United States, covering pretty much every type of landscape, habitat or geological formation imaginable, ranging from volcanoes to deserts and from tundra to coastlines.
This post is meant to offer some travel inspiration, possibly even ideas, in the form of photographs. While reading is also a wonderful thing to do on a dark and cold winter evening, looking at pretty pictures is arguably more relaxing and makes for a nice alternative.
So, here we go. Enjoy the following twenty photos of the twenty greatest U.S. national parks (in no particular order)!
20 Best Photos of US National Parks
1. Yosemite National Park, California
2. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
3. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
4. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
5. Sequoia National Park, California
6. Denali National Park, Alaska
7. Acadia National Park, Maine
8. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
9. Arches National Park, Utah
10. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
11. Everglades National Park, Florida
12. Olympic National Park, Washington
13. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
14. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
15. Joshua Tree National Park, California
16. Glacier National Park, Montana
Photo by Jeff Krause
17. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
18. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
19. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
20. Zion National Park, Utah
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Have you ever visited one (or more) of these national parks? We would love to hear your thoughts, opinions and experiences in the comments below!