#1 Grand Teton National Park
#1 in Best National Parks in the USA
Why go: Jackson Hole's backcountry is a wild wonderland begging to be explored. Once home to ranchers, farmers and fur trappers, the park now offers more than 200 miles of trails that weave through breathtaking prairies, lakes and the park's most remarkable attribute, the jagged, snow-capped peaks of the Grand Teton mountains. The 11-mile Cascade Canyon Trail shows off the best of the park's striking topography.
#2 in Best National Parks in the USA
Why go: This massive 520,000-plus acre park straddles the North Carolina-Tennessee state line and is home to one of America's oldest mountain ranges as well as a chunk of the famous Appalachian Trail. The Smokies feature traditional wilderness offerings – hikes through lush forests, along bubbling brooks and creeks, and to tucked away waterfalls. Read More »
#3 Grand Canyon
#3 in Best National Parks in the USA
Why go: The Grand Canyon is so magnificent, even the highest quality photos don't do the park's beauty justice. You just have to see it in person. The 277-mile-long and 18-mile wide UNESCO World Heritage site offers endless hiking opportunities as well as the chance to raft the Colorado River. The turquoise waters of the Havasu Falls are also a must-see attraction. Read More »
#4 Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
#4 in Best National Parks in the USA
Why go: Visit this park for a chance to get up close and personal with two of the world's most active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. The latter continually erupts, which visitors can witness from multiple points in the park, including the famous Crater Rim Trail or along the ocean on the Chain of Craters Road.
#5 in Best National Parks in the USA
Why go: Even if Yellowstone didn't hold the incredible distinction of the world's first national park, the 2.2 million acre park could easily stand on its own for its unique natural attractions and diverse geography. Here, travelers can get lost in the splendor of Yellowstone's many lakes, mountains, buffalo-filled valleys and, of course, its unmatched geysers and hot springs. Read More »
#6 Sequoia National Park
#6 in Best National Parks in the USA
Why go: Make sure to do a few neck stretches before visiting this California park. Home to the tallest, widest and grandest sequoias, trees here average the height of a 26-story building. The park's greatest attraction, the 275-foot-tall General Sherman tree, is the largest tree in the world.
#7 in Best National Parks in the USA
Why go: The Rockies earn lots of points for their convenience. Sitting just 70 miles north of Denver, the area makes for an easy daytrip. But you could spend days exploring this park. The Rockies' magnificent landscape is one for the books, featuring 355 miles of scenic trails, 147 lakes and 77 mountains taller than 12,000 feet. Read More »
#8 in Best National Parks in the USA
Why go: California's most-visited national park stands out for its bevy of awe-inspiring waterfalls, such as Vernal Fall and Bridalveil Fall, as well as unique granite rock formations like the Half Dome and El Capitan. Whatever your itinerary may be, make sure to stop by the breathtaking Tunnel View Outlook. Read More »
#9 Mount Rainier National Park
#9 in Best National Parks in the USA
Why go: This national park's namesake comes from Mount Rainier, a 14,000-foot active volcano that is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous USA. Powder hounds will no doubt enjoy the park's winter offerings, and come springtime, surrounding valleys spout wildflowers and alpine vistas inspire awe as evergreen leaves from forests below flourish.
#10 in Best National Parks in the USA
Why go: This Utah national park is a paradise for thrill-seekers. Hike Angel's Landing, which brings travelers up a nearly 1,500-foot natural staircase, or trek The Narrows, a 10-mile hike through the narrowest section of Zion Canyon, which requires hikers to travel upstream through the Virgin River. Read More »