Planning a Vacation? Take a look at the 10 Most Visited National Parks in the World
Our world is a beautiful place with its mountain-skimming highways, stunning landscapes, diversified flora and fauna and the natural water bodies throughout. In this article, we will talk about some of the most scintillating national parks which enthrall tourists from around the globe for its ever enchanting scenic beauty.
1. Corcovado National Park (Costa Rica)
National Geographic once referred this park as “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity,” This 164 square mile national park on OSA Peninsula is Costa Rica’s largest. The park houses the most diverse ecosystems, including montane cloud forest, prairies, and mangrove swamps. The Cano Island, off the coast, offers sports like snorkeling and Scuba diving. The rare species of Baird’s Tapir, Jaguars and Harpy Eagles are home to this park.
2. Galapagos National Park (Ecuador)
Fascinated mankind since Charles Darwin’s days, this archipelago of volcanic islands 563 miles off the coast of Ecuador was named the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. It’s remarkable flora and fauna are proof to a dynamic diversity which can be seen from the Santa Cruz highlands and houses the famous wild Galapagos Tortoise, to the harsh alien lava open land on Bartolomé.
The endemic species like the Marine Iguanas to comical Blue-Footed Boobies and diminutive Galapagos Penguins are largely famous with adventure travelers and nature lovers.
3. Grand Canyon National Park (USA)
In 2016 this park crossed more than 5 million visitors and second most visited place in the US. Considered as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, this park is a mile deep– encompassing over 1900 square miles with 277 miles long and 18 miles wide. Its intuitive resplendent colors are the result of 5-6 million years of geologic history revealed and carved by the mighty Colorado River. Here if one goes for hiking then the canyon reveals ecosystems ranging from desert to forest
4. Jim Corbett National Park (India)
Known earlier as Hailey National Park was established in 1936. Later was renamed after the British/Indian hunter turned conservationist- Jim Corbett. The park was created to protect the famous now endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. This park was the first to be associated with the Indian government’s Project Tiger initiative. The 201 sq. miles of the park includes diverse landscapes such as hills, rivers, marsh, grassland and a lake, with elevations ranging from 1,300 to 4,000 feet. The Asian Elephant and the Indian Rhinoceros have found shelter here and they have also protected species in the park.
5. Kruger National Park (South Africa)
One of the largest game reserve sanctuaries, the park covers over 7,500 square miles. Established in 1926, it’s home to 517 bird species, 147 species of large mammals, 114 reptile species, and plenty of rare wonders (including Black Rhinos and the Critically Endangered, African Wild Dog). You can never get tired of exploring the vast land which reserves over 27,000 Buffalo, 11,000 Elephants, 5,000 Giraffes, 3,000 Hippos, 2,000 Hyenas, 150,000 Impalas, 2,800 Lions, 2,000 Leopards, 6,000 Rhinos and 17,000 Zebras.
6. Great Smoky Mountains (North Carolina)
In 2016 the park drew 11 million visitors and is know as one of the busiest in America. The most pristine landscapes can be experienced while hiking for more than 800 miles. The Park got its name “smoky” as it comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance. It covers an estimated 187,000 acres of wild forest.
7. Yosemite (North California)
In 1984, Yosemite was designated as a World Heritage Site. The Park is known for its granite cliffs, giant sequoia groves, waterfalls, clear streams, lakes, mountains, glaciers, and biological diversity. The glacial action and cut by the river have made Yosemite a tourist attraction today.
8. Rocky Mountain (Colorado)
The main attraction of Rocky Mountain is its Sweeping vistas. There are 150 lakes and 450 miles of streams in the park as well as ecosystems ranging from pine forests and wetlands to montane areas to alpine tundra. Adventure lovers can use the park for hiking, camping, mountaineering, fishing, and hunting, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding.
9. Yellowstone (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho)
The park proudly holds the title for the “First National Park in the World” and also the first in U.S. The Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles which comprises of lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. “Caldera” is considered as an active and a super volcano. The park is accessible by way of guided tours that use snow coaches or snowmobiles in the winter.
10. Olympic (Washington)
President Franklin designated a national park in 1938 and in 1981 the park was designated as World Heritage Site. Every year more than three million people explore the unspoiled terrain of Olympic National Park. There are no roads which pass through the park. Olympic contains three distinct ecosystems: temperate rain forest, subalpine forest including a wildflower meadow, and rugged Pacific shore.
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