Since the late 19th century, national parks have grown to protect the natural wonder and variety of the country, but also to afford a new perspective and appreciation to wide-eyed travelers. You don’t have to be an outdoor enthusiast to revel in the beauty of American National Parks – the natural mystery and magnetic vistas are enough to win anyone over. Given the astounding number of peaks and valleys that cradle the nation’s flora, fauna and geological footprint, you could find hundreds of beautiful spots to spend some time, but here are a few tried-and-true favorites that will appeal to any nature lover.

Yosemite, California


Yosemite Park is a treasure trove of record-breaking beauty. It contains the world’s tallest granite mountain (El Capitan), North America’s highest waterfall, and what many would argue to be the best views of any national park in the country. Towering sequoias to the south, Tuolumne Meadows on the plateau, meandering waters on the valley floor, and gigantic cliffs all around provide a spectrum of sensational landscape and activity options. Hike, climb, raft, fish or simply sit and enjoy some of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see.