The world is full of wonders. If you take a moment to look around you or glance up at the sky every now and then, you’ll find yourself marveling at how magnificent nature truly is. Although a peek at the sky can do the job, sometimes we need something more extravagant to catch our attention and remind us of the beauty surrounding us.
If you’re looking for inspiration, an adventure, or something to completely blow your mind, here’s a list of some of the most amazing national parks around the world.
GOREME NATIONAL PARK, TURKEY
It’s common to come across magnificent national parks founded by the country or protected for their heritage. However, it’s much rarer to come across parks that have been sculpted entirely by the force of nature. That’s one of the most remarkable reasons why you should definitely visit the Goreme National Park, found in Central Anatolia, Turkey. Once you’re there, you’ll find it hard to decide what is more mesmerizing; the fairy chimney rock formations, the multi-colored cliffs, the rock towers, or the tent rocks. The park spreads across 100 square kilometers, where people have made creative use of these irregular formations in establishing residences, carved houses, churches, and underground dwellings.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK, CANADA
Located in Alberta, Banff is the oldest national park in Canada, and that should prepare you for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There’s a reason it’s crowned as the jewel of Canadian Rockies; with giant glaciers, calm mountain lakes, glamorous wildlife, and snow-capped peaks, you’ll explore some of the most well-preserved wilderness any national park across North America has to offer.
FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK, NEW ZEALAND
Spread across 12,607 square kilometers, Fiordland National Park is hands-down the largest park in New Zealand. You may have never considered going all the way to the southwest corner of the South Island in New Zealand before, but what you’ll see there will certainly give you good motivation to do so. Once you’re there, you’ll be greeted by the reflection of rugged mountains on the pristine Mirror Lakes. If there’s one significant feature in Fiordland, then it’s the glacier-covered fiords that attract over half a million visitors.
LAMAR VALLEY, USA
Lamar valley is also known as the Yellowstone Serengeti. It’s a must-visit location for anyone when visiting Montana, USA. It’s argued that it is the first national park in the world, but what we do know for a fact is that it’s the first to be founded in the US. There are a myriad of reasons to compel you to visit this awe-inspiring park, especially if you’re a wildlife lover. However, you won’t have to choose your favorite species to observe, as you’ll come across gray wolves, elks, black and grizzly bears, pronghorns, bison, and various other species. Not only that, but the landscape spanning 8,983 kilometers embraces mountain ranges, canyons, rivers, lakes, and forests that are home to all of the aforementioned species. Furthermore, the park is located within the continent’s biggest supervolcano, which is famous for its hydrothermal geysers and features.
JIUZHAIGOU VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CHINA
Moving across the continents to one of Asia’s most remarkable national parks, Jiuzhaigou Valley spreads across 72,000 hectares in the Sichuan Province of China. The journey can be difficult, where you’ll have to go all the way toward the southern end of the Minshan mountain range, where you’ll find the park at the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. However, this is another journey you’ll be glad to make to witness the park’s world-renowned features. Once you’re there, you’ll be breath-taken at the pristine lakes of different colors, the snow-capped peaks, and the multi-layered waterfalls.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
If you’re looking for a park that provides the ultimate wildlife experience, then there’s no way around it. You definitely have to include Serengeti National park in Tanzania on your bucket list. Dating back to 1952, the park inhabitants some of the most marvelous species the planet has ever held.
There’s no better way to witness wildlife in its natural habitat than in the Serengeti park, where you’ll come face to face with towering giraffes, giant elephants, zebras, wildebeests, and even the king of the jungle.
It’s easy to forget about the wonders of nature when we’re too busy running around in circles trying to keep up with your hectic schedule. However, taking a brief break to visit the national parks across the world will certainly rejuvenate your spirit and take your breath away. Wherever you decide to go, you’ll surely find at least one mesmerizing natural park at your destination.