Some of the Top 10 National Parks
According to U.S. News , the following parks are listed among their top 10 picks of National Parks.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee)
The Great Smoky Mountains get their name from the blue mist that lingers around the valleys and peaks. The Cherokee Indians named them “the place of the blue smoke.” Ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains range sprawl between Tennessee and North Carolina. What remains of the Southern Appalachian mountain culture still characterizes the region along with its abundant wildlife.
Cades Cove is well known for its stunning mountain views and historic churches and homes. From the highest altitude in Tennessee, Clingmans Dome, you can see the stunning orange-red maples and yellow birches dotting the landscapes. There’s no lack of things to do, including hiking, camping under the night sky and exploring old mills, waterfalls and bluffs.
Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)
At Rocky Mountain National Park, you can experience the country’s highest paved road, called Trail Ridge Road. The park has more than 350 miles of trails for easy hiking and backpacking. The trails offer plenty of diversity, for hikers at all levels.
Stunning fall colored forests and abundant wildlife are waiting for you. In fall, bighorn sheep often engage in head-butting rivalries, and elk, moose and black bears roam the mountains. You can take a horseback ride on the trails, go climbing or four wheeling and enjoy the spectacular views of mountain lakes, streams and craggy peaks.
Acadia National Park (Maine)
Fall foliage reaches its climax in Acadia National Park around mid-October. This park is primarily located on Mount Desert Island, off Maine’s Coast, and it spans about 47,000 acres. You can experience a blend of woodlands, granite peaks and rocky beaches. Cadillac Mountain has the highest altitude of any peak on the U.S. East Coast.
Like most national parks, Acadia is teeming with wildlife, including moose and bear. You can also watch marine life as well, such as seabirds and whales. A great way to learn about the park’s history is by taking a trolley tour with a guide telling you stories about the iconic landmarks and unforgettable scenery.
Arches National Park (Utah)
Arches National Park is a “red rock wonderland” according to the National Park Services. It gets its name from the more than 2,000 natural stone arches in the park. You’ll also see giant balanced rocks and natural bridges. Two of the most famous arches are Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch.
Summer temperatures are often in the 90’s, so fall is a much better time to visit. You can enjoy hiking the trails, biking and backpacking. For spectacular views of sunrise and sunset, be sure to visit the Fiery Furnace, a stunning landscape formation. The Devils Garden Trail is another must-see aspect of the park and you’ll be able view in a large number of arches there.
Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)
Grand Teton National Park takes its name from the Teton Mountain range and the Grand Teton peak, which is the highest peak in the range. The Tetons are the youngest mountain range in the Rocky Mountains. The park is about 310,000 acres and stretches from Jackson Hole on the east (about 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park) to Teton Valley in the west. The park’s pristine ecosystem is home to abundant wildlife including elk, deer, gray wolves, black bear and moose.
You can hike the breathtaking trails, such as the Christian Pond Loop. Or visit Colter Bay Village, and Moose and Jenny Lake, which are small towns and villages with visitor centers that highlight the best areas to explore.
Plan Your Group Trip to Visit a National Park in the Fall
Fall is the perfect time of year to get away and visit a National Park. You’ll have fun with your group and escape the summer crowds and hotter temperatures.
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