The Outdoors

12 of the World’s Best National Parks

Banff National Park, Canada
Banff National Park
Top reasons to go: Third oldest national park in the world, breathtaking nature scenery including mountain peaks and landscapes, beautiful lakes, the wilderness and wildlife, a wide range of outdoor activities

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Fiordland National Park
Top reasons to go: Stunning and surreal scenery, picturesque landscape, the Milford Sound, and the Sutherland Falls among others

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Galápagos Islands
Top reasons to go: Isolated and untamed isles, stunning nature scenery, the wildlife that include rare and endangered species; other points of interest like the Charles Darwin Research Station, El Chato Tortoise Reserve, Isabela Island, San Cristóbal Island, and more

Grand Canyon National Park, USA
Grand Canyon National Park
Top reasons to go: A UNESCO World Heritage Site and natural wonder, views of the canyon; and attractions like the Bright Angel Hiking Trail, Desert View, Grand Canyon Village, Lookout Studio and the Kolb Gallery, Mather Point Overlook, and Rim Trail among many others

Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park, China
Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park
Top reasons to go: A UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts of dreamlike scenery including colorful lakes and snow-capped mountain peaks; attractions like the Five Colour Pond, Five Flower Lake, Mirror Lake, Nuorilang Falls, Reed Lake, Shuzheng Village and other Tibetan villages, and a lot more

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Top reasons to go: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to sixteen (16) cascading lakes with mesmerizing waters that vary in colors and hues, deep and verdant woodlands

Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
Sagarmatha National Park
Top reasons to go: Home to Mount Everest — the highest peak in the world, rugged and breathtaking terrains, the forest and wildlife

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park
Top reasons to go: Stunning nature scenery, diverse and amazing wildlife that include gazelles, hyenas, lions, zebras, and more

Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile
Torres Del Paine National Park
Top reasons to go: Towering mountains, grasslands, pristine lakes, and other breathtaking geographical features; must see sights like Glacier Grey, Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horns), and the wildlife

Yellowstone National Park, USA
Yellowstone National Park
Top reasons to go: Beautiful, dramatic, and wild; a nature and outdoor lover’s haven, geothermal attractions, pristine and picturesque lakes; the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, Lamar Valley, Lower Geyser Basin, Mammoth Hot Springs, Norris Geyser Basin, Old Faithfu Geyser, Tower Fall, West Thumb Geyser Basin, and Yellowstone Lake

Yosemite National Park, USA
Yosemite National Park
Top reasons to go: The ancient and towering sequoia trees, Bridalveil Fall, Cathedral Peak, El Capitan, Glacier Point, Half Dome, Lembert Dome, Nevada Fall, Tunnel View, Tuolumne Meadows, Valley View, Vernal Fall, Yosemite Falls, and more

Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls National Park
Top reasons to go: The Falls known as Mosi oa Tunya (The Smoke that Thunders), The Devil’s Cataract, The Eastern Cataract, Horseshoe Falls, Main Falls, the rainforest, the game park, Victoria Falls Bridge, and more