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Three Spectacular Parks You Need to Visit Now

Three Spectacular Parks You Need to Visit Now

Below we talk about some of the greatest parks that should be on your list of places to visit! Each spot is unique when it comes to landscape. Whether it's a vast canyon, roaring waterfall, or towering redwoods, read below to see where you should explore next!

1. Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station, and architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and Desert View Watchtower. Lipan Point, with wide views of the Canyon and Colorado River, is a popular spot, especially at sunrise and sunset. (Google) 

Photograph by Rainer Krienke

Fun Fact: Did you know the Grand Canyon is 277 miles in length and 18 miles across at its widest point? 

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2. Niagara Falls National Heritage Area & State Park

Niagara Falls is a city on the Niagara River in New York State. It’s known for the vast Niagara Falls, which straddle the US/Canadian border. In Niagara Falls State Park, the Observation Tower at Prospect Point juts out over Niagara Gorge for a view of all three waterfalls. Trails from the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center lead to other viewpoints. The Aquarium of Niagara is home to Humboldt penguins, seals, and sea lions. (Google)

Fun Facts: The largest vertical drop at Niagara Falls is 165 feet! Also, scientists believe that Niagara Falls will be gone in about 50,000 years — so you still have some time to visit!

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Photo by Bryan Goff on Unsplash

3. Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks are a string of protected forests, beaches, and grasslands along Northern California’s coast. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park has trails through dense old-growth woods. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park is home to Fern Canyon, with its high, plant-covered walls. Roosevelt elk frequent nearby Elk Prairie. Giant redwood clusters include Redwood National Park’s Lady Bird Johnson Grove. (Google)

Fun Facts: Redwood trees can reach up to 300 feet or higher. Their large trunks can grow to more than 20 feet wide as well. The parks offer over 200 miles of trails to explore! 

Photo by Victoria Palacios on Unsplash

Photo by Clint McKoy on Unsplash

Now that you've read this list, where do you want to explore? There are so many parks and protected areas to experience across the United States and around the world. What's your favorite national park? 

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