National Parks are the perfect way for travelers to experience a country’s natural state, its best preserved nature, wildlife, and scenic wonders in a safe and approachable way. Supporting these parks is vital to the survival of our planet as they promote the high value of nature preservation and respect within the global society. The fact that they’re astonishing is also a ridiculous bonus. Here are five beautiful examples of some of the best national parks from around the world.
1. Plitvice Lakes National Park – Croatia
The 16 interlocked lakes connect mountains, forests, waterfalls and caves formed over thousands of years, which is why the park is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage register. This should be an important stop on any traveler’s summer Eurotrip.
Photo via Flickr/James
2. Amboseli National Park – Kenya
No surprise that this is Kenya’s most popular park, since it has epic views of both Mount Kilimanjaro and huge herds of free roaming elephants. Bring so many memory cards.
Photo via Flickr/Diana Robinson
3. Iriomote Ishigaki National Park – Japan
Okinawa’s natural paradise of a national park includes multiple islands in the East China Sea as well as some of the surrounding sea area and the coral lagoon between Ishigaki and Iriomote. It’s a great place to explore some of Japan’s untouched nature and discover incredible and colorful sea life.
Photo via Flickr/Eugene Lim
4. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks – California, USA
Okay, so Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park are technically two distinctly different parks, yes, but they’re right next to each other and the ticket works for both so why not, right? Make sure to visit General Sherman, the largest tree in the world.
Photo via Flickr/John Buie
5. Torres del Paine National Park – Chile
In the understandably famously picturesque Patagonia region of Chile, Torres del Paine is more than a national park, it has also been declared an official UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Nature in its purest form.
Photo via Flickr/Vera & Jean-Christophe
Which National Park is your favorite?