Forbes Magazine has listed these amazing natural wonders has the worlds most beautiful National Parks.
One of America's prized treasures is Yosemite National Park. Located in California's Central High Sierra, Yosemite is a dream come true in many ways. From towering waterfalls, to craggy peaks and turquoise lakes the park has something for everyone. Rock climber's can scale El Capitan sheer face, or for those who have fear of high places, a walk among the biggest trees in the world, the Sequoia can rejuvenate the soul.
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National park in Japan. One might notice this tall cone shaped volcanic peak when flying across Asia. It is also Japans most popular Park. Mount Fuji is a dormant volcano, so currently there is no Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan to grab at your heart strings . However the way the light changes on the mountain is captivating in itself and is definitely a place of great beauty. During the summer and spring the mountain is shrouded in clouds so for the best views avoid those months.
What come's to mind when you think the word Grand? Probably one of the most famous National Parks of all where expansive and mind boggling is an understatement. It is the most photographed of any National Park having been carved by the infamous Colorado River below it's rim, The Grand Canyon has captivated photographers, and adventurers for many years.
Guilin and Lijiang River National Park, is China's gem. the park is noted for its karsts, limestone cones, cylinders and hills with delightful names such as “Elephant Trunk,” “Dragon Head” and “Five Fingers”; which have inspiring poets and artists alike, it is even depicted on their currency. inspired countless Chinese poets and artists and even been depicted on the country’s paper currency. The Eye catching and marvelous scenery is best to be viewed by taking the 30 mile boat trip along the river from Guilin to Yangshuo.
Canada is no stranger to mind boggling and eye catching beauty. Home to several beautiful National Parks,however in Canada's Alberta Province the most famous of all, Banff is definitely a winner. The Rocky mountains of Western Alberta provide a backdrop for big mountains and rivers that flow through them creating a landscape that is can only seem a dream. This park definitely is worth the award and you will surely return to more.
Expansive Grasslands, massive wildlife migrations can only describe one incredible place. Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is the oldest national park in the country and obviously the most popular. Known for it's incredible wildebeest migration, where thousands of the animals cross the plains something that most people only dream of seeing. Here you can see probably the most mesmerizing of sunsets along with all the incredible wildlife including elephant, giraffe, topi, impala, Grant’s gazelle, lion and leopard. Luxury travel specialist, Jack Ezon highly recommends the Acadia Trees and this is the place where you can capture the sunset of your dreams.
South America's skinny country, Chile housing the crowned jewel of National parks on this continent, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.Located in the Patagonian region of the country, the parks most glorious feature, the spiraled peaks and what Lonely Planet has called "Emerald Forests". Glaciers of florescent aqua and the lakes of startling sapphire blue. Here the views and lookouts will certainly be jaw dropping and the hiking not to be missed.
The fairy tale country of Switzerland, land of the alps, chalets, and turquoise lakes has only one National Park, well the whole country could be a national park, yet located in the southeastern region of the country . Swiss National park was Founded in 1914. It is the oldest national park in the Alps and central Europe. It is famous for its alpine plants--such as the edelweiss,which is protected. The flower grows thousands of feet above sea level and was immortalized by “The Sound of Music" The alpine animals, like the chamois, deer and marmot. Its 80-kilometer network of trails makes this park a hiker’s paradise.There is no camping and they have a hut to hut system for those who are spending any length of time here.
The United Kingdom has breathtaking scenery, old world castles, and pubs, it also has The Lake District National Park in England. Long immortalize by poets and writers such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter just to name a couple, it also has plunging valley's, huge granite boulders and 16 lovely lakes to wonder. Here is the birthplace of British mountaineering and also the best place for cyclists. Water lover's can swim, ski, windsurf go for a kayak and even fish. So when you are on a trip to the United Kingdom do not pass this gem up.
Down under in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand has several absolutely astonishing National Parks, yet the best one is that of Fjordland National Park on the Western Coast of the South Island. It is not only the countries largest park, it's 14 fjords and a majestic collection of towering waterfalls are not to be missed. The park's most famous fjord is that of Milford Sound. Here you can take a boat trip out into the sound and see Fairy penguins, Dolphins and other wildlife that inhabit the area. Bird Watchers will love it and there is endless hiking or tramping as Kiwi's refer to it. The park has a hut to hut system which you will have to book well in advance. Definitely something to put on that travel bucket list.
Central America's own Switzerland, Costa Rica, A tropical paradise of cloud forests, and very likely the best bird watching on the planet has Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. Younger in years than Yosemite, and smaller, yet nevertheless the countries most popular. Dazzling beaches, rain-forests, and amazing wildlife to see. There are water sports for those who crave it, yet take to the forest to see Sloths, Monkey's and all those birds. Colors of red, green, yellow and blue will spark the photographer in anyone.
Back Down under, further below New Zealand, Australia's Kakadu National Park. A world heritage site and located in the countries National Territory. The countries native Aboriginal people have inhabited this area for over 50,000 years. It is abundant in rock paintings, carvings and sites that will bring out the archaeologist in you. Here you will find tidal flats and flood plains and a place that home to many different types of animals. Everything from reptiles to interesting insects and hundreds of species of birds. A unique and wonderful place for nature lover's.