20 Photos of the 20 Greatest National Parks in the United States

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

Best Photos of US National Parks: Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park: Photo on Flickr by Mr. Nixter / CC BY-NC 2.0

2. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Best Photos of US National Parks: Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park: Photo on Flickr by Casey Reynolds / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

3. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Best Photos of US National Parks: Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park sunrise: Photo by Tom Babich / CC BY 2.0

4. Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Best Photos of US National Parks: Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park: Photo by Jerry and Pat Donaho / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

5. Sequoia National Park, California

Best Photos of US National Parks: Sequoia National Park, Entrance to Round Meadow
Entrance to Round Meadow, Sequoia National Park: Photo on Flickr by Howard Ignatius / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

6. Denali National Park, Alaska

Best Photos of US National Parks: Denali National Park
Denali National Park, Alaska: Photo on Flickr by Domen Jakus / CC BY-NC 2.0

7. Acadia National Park, Maine

Best Photos of US National Parks: Acadia National Park
Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park: Photo on Flickr by PaulVanDerWerf / CC BY 2.0

8. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Best Photos of US National Parks: Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky: Photo on Flickr by John Skodak / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0Photo by John Skodak

9. Arches National Park, Utah

Best Photos of US National Parks: Arches National Park
Arches National Park, Utah: Photo on Flickr by Fred Moore / CC BY-NC 2.0

10. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Best Photos of US National Parks: Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park: Photo on Flickr by Anthony Stone – amsfoto / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

11. Everglades National Park, Florida

Best Photos of US National Parks: Everglades National Park
Shark Valley, Everglades National Park: Photo on Flickr by Joe Benjamin / CC BY-NC 2.0

12. Olympic National Park, Washington

Best Photos of US National Parks: Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park: Photo on Flickr by Roman Rodyakin / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

13. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee

Best Photos of US National Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Photo on Flickr by Bruce Tuten / CC BY 2.0

14. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Best Photos of US National Parks: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park: Photo on Flickr by Ken-ichi Ueda / CC BY-NC 2.0

15. Joshua Tree National Park, California

Best Photos of US National Parks: Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park: Photo on Flickr by Don Graham / CC BY-SA 2.0

16. Glacier National Park, Montana

Best Photos of US National Parks: Sunset Glacier National Park
Sunset Glacier National Park: Photo on Flickr by Jeff Krause / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo by Jeff Krause

17. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Best Photos of US National Parks: Mt Craig Rocky Mountain National Park
Mt Craig in Rocky Mountain National Park: Photo on Flickr by Michael Levine-Clark / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

18. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Best Photos of US National Parks: Autumn Shenandoah National Park
Autumn in Shenandoah National Park: Photo on Flickr by dpbirds / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

19. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Best Photos of US National Parks: Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park at sunset: Photo on Flickr by Howard Ignatius / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

20. Zion National Park, Utah

Best Photos of US National Parks: Zion National Park
Zion National Park – The River Less Travelled: Photo on Flickr by Jeff Krause / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If you’re planning a visit, you might want to rent a car or motorhome, which you can do on our sister websites Go 4 Car Rental and Go 4 Motorhome Rental.

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!

About Bram

Website: http://www.travel-experience-live.com

Bram is a Belgian guy who's currently living in the USA. For over four years now, he has been wandering the globe, with jobs here and there in between. So far, his travels have taken him to four continents and twenty-two countries. Bram likes to try different styles of travelling: from backpacker and adventurer to tourist and local, he has been all those stereotypes and probably will be many more in the future. You can follow his adventures on his travel blog, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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