America's Most Visited National Parks

America’s Most Visited National Parks

Do you have a week or so off work to explore? Are the kids out of school for the summer and you don’t want them to spend their time playing video games and watching Netflix? Try visiting one of the many national parks that we have right here in our backyard, the good old United States of America.

The skinny

First of all, there are many parks around the country. If you want to get the most out of any particular park, you will need to spend some time there. Taking a tour of all the national parks around the country will take more time than any family could do in one summer.

Yellowstone National Park

Probably the most famous park in the country, Yellowstone is home to Old Faithful, the geyser that spews water at predicted times. The park boasts numerous wildlife species and plants. It’s truly a trip through nature!

The park offers lodging and campsites, a vital step in enjoying a week here. You’ll want to rest up for those days of fishing, or birdwatching, or you can spend your days learning about the vast ecology.

More than 4 million visitors flock to Yellowstone each year, so you’ll want to plan ahead. The lodges especially go fast, but you can also use an RV at the campsites. Yellowstone should be a bucket list item for you. It’s a
magical place that all should visit before they die.

Grand Canyon

This should be another bucket list item for you and your family. The canyon that is a mile deep and 18 miles wide is a geological marvel millions of years in the making.

You will of course want to see the canyon itself, and a recently installed observation deck provides the best view. The Northern Rim is open only in the warmer months, so you will want to take advantage of seeing it during the summer. The park offers camping and lodges, but book in advance. You will be making lasting memories for years to come.  Here is a closer look at the Grand Canyon.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Situated on the Florida Panhandle, this beach national park offers a history lesson while standing on the world’s whitest beaches. Pensacola Beach offers something for all families to enjoy.

First you will want to visit Fort Pickens, a Civil War-era fort that once housed Native American Geronimo. The kids will love exploring the ins and outs of the fort, and you’ll love the gorgeous views of the Gulf of

The park offers campsites for RVs, or you can stay at one of the many hotels on Pensacola Beach. If you go at the right time, you can even watch the Navy’s Blue Angels practice or enjoy their Pensacola Beach show.

You’ll also want to drive along the beach on J. Earle Bowden Way. You’ll find 10 miles of undisturbed beach between Pensacola Beach and Navarre. It’s truly a sight to behold!

Whether you like scenic nature, beaches, or geology, there’s a national park for you and your family. This summer, make lasting memories by visiting one of our many national parks. For the money, you can’t beat the value that they provide.

The Strange Landscapes at Badlands National Park

The Strange Landscapes at Badlands National Park

National parks are great places wherein we can reconnect with dear Mother Nature. What draws most of us to the parks is usually wildlife. We want to go and see the animals while they are in their natural habitats. The scenery or landscape often comes second to these majestic animals but not in every park. Landscape is the main attraction in Badlands National Park

BadLands National Park

The park is located to the southwest of the state of South Dakota in the United States of America. Badlands received the status of a national park in the late 70s and is manage by the NPS. The park stretches out to an area of about 242,756 acres filled with colorful buttes, spires and grass prairie. The prairie is the largest in the entire United States. A section of the park is under designation as a wilderness area under the protection of
Badlands Wilderness.

The Landscape

The landscape of Badlands national park is mainly dominated by multicolored formations called buttes. The buttes cover the wilderness part of the park uninterrupted by any vegetation. Buttes are formed due to years and years of wind and water erosion. These majestic structures spread all over the park creating a breathtaking view. The Buttes have layers of differently colored layers stacked on top of each other. Each of these layers presents a different time zone in history with the top one being the most recent. The park is also a good place to dig up fossils if you are an archaeologist. In the sunset, the buttes are adorned in glorious shades of orange and red.

The grass prairie in Badlands is the widest uninterrupted mixed grass prairie in the country. It balances the buttes’ rugged patterns and mixed colors with a shade of peaceful green. This prairie is hugely responsible for the wildlife that inhabits the park. Some of the wildlife that can be found the park includes:

  • Bison
  • Bobcat
  • Black-footed ferret
  • Big horn sheep
  • Mule deer


Some of the numerous activities you and your friends can partake in are:

  • Hiking – you can hike a trail or even up the red shirt table which is the highest point in the park.
  • Camping – there are a lot of sites in the park. Get closer to nature.
  • Bird watching
  • Auto-tour – along the loop road that goes through the park
  • Visit the paleontology lab in the park and the Ben Reifel Visitor Centre.

There are other wonderful things for you to see in Badlands. One of those wonderful features is ghost town that date back to late 19th century. The Badlands is a really cool place to visit; there is a lot to do. It is time you had a one on one with Mother Nature.