The United States is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world, making it the perfect destination for camping and hiking enthusiasts. From soaring mountain peaks to vast deserts, the country’s national parks offer breathtaking scenery and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Here are some of the most beautiful national parks in the US for camping and hiking in 2023. RELATED: 10 Best Budget-Friendly Vacation Destinations For 2023
Yellowstone National Park
In 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, Yellowstone is nearly 3,500 square miles (larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined) and is a must-visit for nature lovers. Known for its geothermal features, including the iconic Old Faithful geyser, the park is also home to abundant wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison. Visitors can explore the park’s hiking trails, go fishing, and even take guided tours of the geothermal features. Yellowstone was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Find more information and plan your trip here.
Yosemite National Park
Located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite is famous for its majestic sequoia trees and towering granite cliffs, including the iconic Half Dome and El Capitan. The nearly 1,200 square-mile park, in eastern California, offers over 800 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easygoing walks to challenging treks, and is also home to stunning waterfalls and meadows. Camping options range from rustic campsites to luxury cabins. The views, waterfalls, trails and trees draw millions of visitors each year, making it one of the most popular national parks in the country. Find more information and plan your trip here.
Grand Canyon National Park
One of the most iconic national parks in the US, the Grand Canyon offers awe-inspiring views of the massive canyon carved by the Colorado River. The famous red rocks with layered bands reveal millions of years of history. Visitors can hike along the park’s numerous trails, including the famous Bright Angel Trail, which offers stunning views of the canyon’s red rock formations. Camping options range from primitive sites to RV-friendly campgrounds. Find more information and plan your trip here.
Zion National Park
Located in Utah, Zion offers stunning canyon views and unique geological formations, including the towering sandstone cliffs of Angels Landing and the colorful rock formations of the Narrows. The park offers numerous hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging climbs, and is also a popular destination for rock climbing and canyoneering. Camping options include both primitive sites and RV-friendly campgrounds. Find more information and plan your trip here.
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park draws 4 million visitors each year, making it one of the top 10 most-visited parks in the United States. Located in Maine, Acadia is a stunning coastal park featuring rocky shorelines, pristine forests, and stunning mountain views. Visitors can hike along the park’s scenic trails, explore the rocky coastline, and even take a dip in the park’s freshwater lakes. Camping options include both primitive sites and more developed campgrounds. Find more information and plan your trip here.
No matter which national park you choose to visit, you’re sure to be amazed by the beauty and diversity of the US’s natural landscapes. So, pack your camping gear, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in one of the country’s most beautiful national parks.
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