America’s 60 national parks are filled with treasures that often rival those around the world. Right in our own backyards, union families can experience wonders from glaciers to coral reefs. With so many to choose from, we picked our favorite features and found that “Made-in-America” has never looked so stunning!
1. Endangered Glaciers: North America was once covered in glaciers.
- The last of America’s glaciers are mostly in Alaska at Denali, Lake Clark, Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords and Wrangell-Saint Elias national parks.
- And, perhaps surprisingly, also in Glacier National Park, Montana, and Mount Rainier, Washington.
- King’s Canyon, Redwood and Sequoia national parks in California all have giant sequoia and redwood trees, including some of the largest trees recorded.
- Joshua Tree, California, is a desert landscape populated by vast stands of Joshua trees.
- Find impressive natural sandstone arches, spires, mesas and other rock formations at Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion national parks in Utah.
4. Grand Canyons:
- Yellowstone, Wyoming, is home to its own 24-mile long Grand Canyon.
- Grand Canyon, Arizona, where the 277 mile-long canyon is the second most visited national park in the U.S. and is often listed as one of the Wonders of the World.
- Yellowstone which sits in three states—Wyoming, Montana and Idaho—has about 10,000 geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pots and hot spring terraces.
- Hot Springs, Arkansas, has 47 hot springs that provide the famous Bathhouse Row with therapeutic waters.
- Death Valley, which sits in both California and Nevada, is the hottest lowest, and driest place in the U.S. It’s so infamous that almost 100 movies and television shows have featured Death Valley.
- Great Sand Dunes, Colorado, boasts the tallest sand dunes in North America.
7. Sublime Lakes: For some truly great lakes look to these national parks:
- Crater Lake, Oregon, is home to the deepest lake in the U.S., a magnificent blue lake within an ancient volcano.
- Isle Royale, Michigan, is the largest island in Lake Superior.
- Voyageurs, Minnesota, is home to four major lakes well-known for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.
8. Coral Reefs: Tropical marine life may not spring to mind when thinking of national parks but there are several dedicated to preserving endangered coral reefs including:
- Biscayne Bay and Dry Tortugas Islands national parks in the Florida Keys.
- American Samoa Islands and the Virgin Islands national parks.
- Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, has more than 100 caves with impressive calcite formations.
- Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, where more than 400 miles of passageways make this the world's longest known cave system.
- Wind Cave, South Dakota, has unique calcite formations called boxwork and frostwork.
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This post originally appeared at Union Plus.