Best national parks in the US (Part 1)

National parks in the  USA

A lot of short articles rating America’s National Parks are based on other people’s perceptions and not always from the experience of the writer. That’s because it’s rather the accomplishment taking a trip to all 59 National Parks, let alone in one consecutive trip, AND take care of to document one’s perceptions in the process. That’s where we come in! Here is a break down of the groups:

Facilities — proximity to accommodations, range of lodging kinds and also affordability, food accessibility, shower rooms, site visitor facilities, showers, and so on
Paths — the actual park routes, in addition to various other chances for an experience such as snorkeling, rafting, diving, boating, etc
Landscapes — the overall charm of the park, including landscapes, wild animals, and structures.
Photogenic — how easy the park was to picture as well as just how well it equated into pictures
Crowds/Transport — how hectic the park was as well as overall how easy it was to get there as well as transportation on your own around (e.g. ability to self drive versus needing to take park buses and so on).

1. GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING.

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Rating = 45/50.
Facilities: 9/10.
Routes: 10/10.
Views: 10/10.
Photogenic: 10/10.
Crowds/Transport: 6/10.

You simply can’t beat the Tetons … This was our 5th see to the park and it won’t be our last. So why did Grand Teton National Park rating so extremely? Basic— it’s is remarkably stunning, easy to access as well as get around, has great walkings, camping opportunities, close-by accommodation as well as dining establishments, as well as the groups are convenient even in the peak of the summer season. Read more about Grand Teton National Park

2. KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA.

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Rating = 44.5/ 50.

Facilities: 8/10.
Tracks: 9.5/ 10.
Views: 10/10.
Photogenic: 9/10.
Crowds/Transport: 8/10.

Kenai Fjords was our highest ranked Alaskan park and also our second highest possible total. Why? For its sheer elegance, availability, extraordinary wild animals, amazing walks, and enough digital photography possibilities. We can not wait to return this summer! Read more about Kenai Fjords National Park

3. WRANGELL ST. ELIAS NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA.

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Rating = 44/50.

Facilities: 8/10.
Trails: 10/10.
Views: 10/10.
Photogenic: 9/10.
Crowds/Transport: 7/10.

I’m itching to get back and also check out the backcountry of Wrangell St. Elias National Park … I seem like we simply scratched the surface! The Wrangell Hills are out of this world gorgeous! Plus, you can drive to the park is only 4-5 hrs from Anchorage (or around 8 hours from Anchorage to Kennicott) with the alternative for additionally flying there. Once in the park visitors can access holiday accommodations and restaurants (McCarthy/Kennicott), as well as the crowds, are very little even in the height of summer. Read moreabout Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

4. DENALI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA.

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Score = 43/50 (equal to Mount Rainier).

Facilities: 7/10.
Tracks: 10/10.
Surroundings: 10/10.
Photogenic: 10/10.
Crowds/Transport: 6/10.
Everything gets on another scale in Denali— the bears, hills, roads, rivers, valleys … (checklist might take place). The park is also residence to America’s largest peak, Denali at an insane 20,310 feet. We had an extraordinary time discovering the park, despite the climate being a little unpredictable. Read more about Denali National Park & Preserve

5. MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON.

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Score = 43/50 (equal with Denali).

Facilities: 7/10.
Trails: 10/10.
Surroundings: 10/10.
Photogenic: 10/10.
Crowds/Transport: 6/10.

Mount Rainier will certainly constantly be just one of our favored parks and also we were stoked it made the top 5 of this list. Large crowds in the summer season were the major reason it didn’t rack up even higher, but we assume it’s worth the visit no matter. Some places simply require to be seen to be thought! Read more about Mount Rainier National Park

6. YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA.

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Score = 42.5/ 50.

Facilities: 9.5/ 10.
Trails: 10/10.
Views: 10/10.
Photogenic: 10/10.
Crowds/Transport: 3/10.

It’s not surprising that Yosemite was one of America’s first identified national forests. Its incredible beauty, chances for the journey and also very easy to accessibility nature truly do make it a park for every person. Comparable to Mount Rainier, Yosemite would certainly have racked up greater if the crowds weren’t so large. Our suggestion is to see several of the less checked out locations as well as try to go throughout off-peak months. Read more about Yosemite National Park

7. GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA.

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Facilities: 6.5/10.
Routes: 10/10.
Scenery: 10/10.
Photogenic: 9.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 6/10.

We were not anticipating Glacier Bay to make the top 10! Why? We checked out on a cruise ship in 2012 and regardless of appreciating the experience we weren’t definitely awestruck. This time was entirely different. We remained in the location for multiple days, which permitted journeys on the land and sea. We got closer as much as the glaciers, saw extra wildlife as well as trekked some gorgeous woodland routes. We plan to return for a backcountry kayaking journey sooner or later in the (ideally) future! Read more about Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

8. GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA.

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Score = 42/50 (equal with Glacier Bay).

Facilities: 8.5/10.
Routes: 10/10.
Scenery: 10/10.
Photogenic: 9.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 3.5/10.

Oh Glacier, you continue to swipe our hearts over and over once again. This was our third check out to the park and it absolutely won’t be our last. Glacier offers hugely stunning surroundings, sufficient wildlife, and legendary hiking opportunities. And also, the views along the Going-to-the-Sun Roadway are truly another thing. Read more about Glacier National Park

9. KATMAI NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA.

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Rating = 41/50 (equal with Lake Clark).

Facilities: 6/10.
Trails: 9/10.
Surroundings: 10/10.
Photogenic: 10/10.
Crowds/Transport: 6/10.

Read more about Katmai National Park & Preserve

10. LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA.

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Rating = 41/50 (equal with Katmai).

Facilities: 6/10.
Trails: 9/10.
Views: 10/10.
Photogenic: 10/10.
Crowds/Transport: 6/10.

Read more about Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

11. OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON.

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best national parks in the usaRating = 40.5/ 50.

Facilities: 7.5/ 10.
Routes: 10/10.
Landscapes: 9/10.
Photogenic: 8/10.
Crowds/Transport: 6/10.

Read more about Olympic National Park

12. BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UTAH.

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Score = 40/50 (equal with Rocky Hill, Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Kings Canyon).

Facilities: 7.5/10.
Routes: 9/10.
Scenery: 9/10.
Photogenic: 8.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 5.5/10.

Read more about Bryce Canyon National Park

13. GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK.

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best national parks in the usaRating = 40/50 (equal with Rocky Mountain, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Kings Canyon).

Facilities: 8/10.
Routes: 9/10.
Landscapes: 9/10.
Photogenic: 9/10.
Crowds/Transport: 5/10.

Read more about Great Smoky Mountains National Park

14. KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA.

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best national parks in the usaRating = 40/50 (equal with Rocky Hill, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains).

Facilities: 7/10.
Tracks: 8.5/ 10.
Scenery: 8.5/ 10.
Photogenic: 8/10.
Crowds/Transport: 8/10.

Read more about Kings Canyon National Park

15. ROCKY HILL NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO.

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Score = 40/50 (equal with Kings Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Great Smoky Hills).

Facilities: 8/10.
Tracks: 9/10.
Landscapes: 9/10.
Photogenic: 8.5/ 10.
Crowds/Transport: 5.5/ 10.

Read more about Rocky Mountain National Park

16. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING + MONTANA.

Score = 40/50 (equal with Rocky Mountain, Bryce Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Kings Canyon)

Facilities: 9/10.
Tracks: 9/10.
Landscapes: 9.5/10.
Photogenic: 9/10.
Crowds/Transport: 3.5/10.

Read more about Yellowstone National Park

17. DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, THE GOLDEN STATE.

Score = 39.5/50.

Facilities: 7.5/10.
Routes: 7/10.
Surroundings: 8/10.
Photogenic: 8.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 8.5/10.

Read more about Death Valley National Park

18. GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, ARIZONA.


Rating = 39/50 (equal with Zion).

Facilities: 8/10.
Routes: 8/10.
Views: 8/10.
Photogenic: 8/10.
Crowds/Transport: 7/10.

Read more about Grand Canyon National Park

19. ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH.


Score = 39/50 (equal with Grand Canyon).

Facilities: 8.5/ 10.
Trails: 10/10.
Surroundings: 9/10.
Photogenic: 9/10.
Crowds/Transport: 2.5/ 10.

Read more about Zion National Park

20. BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TEXAS.


Rating = 38.5/50 (equal with North Waterfalls, Redwood).

Facilities: 7.5/10.
Trails: 7/10.
Views: 7.5/10.
Photogenic: 7.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 9/10.

Read more about Big Bend National Park

21. NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON.

Score = 38.5/50 (equal with Huge Bend, Redwood).

Facilities: 5/10.
Trails: 9/10.
Views: 9/10.
Photogenic: 8.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 7/10.

22. REDWOOD STATE & NATIONAL PARKS, THE GOLDEN STATE.


Score = 38.5/50 (equal with Large Bend, North Cascades).

Facilities: 7.5/10.
Tracks: 7.5/10.
Surroundings: 8.5/10.
Photogenic: 8/10.
Crowds/Transport: 7/10.

23. ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, UTAH.


Score = 38/50 (equal with Crater Lake).

Facilities: 8/10.
Tracks: 7.5/10.
Views: 8/10.
Photogenic: 8/10.
Crowds/Transport: 6.5/10.

24. CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, OREGON.


Rating = 38/50 (equal with Arches).

Facilities: 7/10.
Routes: 7/10.
Views: 8.5/10.
Photogenic: 8.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 7/10.

25. ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MAINE.

Rating = 37.5/50 (equal with Great Basin, Shenandoah, Virgin Islands).

Facilities: 9/10.
Trails: 6.5/10.
Landscapes: 8/10.
Photogenic: 7/10.
Crowds/Transport: 7/10.

26. SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, VIRGINIA.

Score = 37.5/50 (equal with Acadia, Great Container, Virgin Islands).

Facilities: 9/10.
Tracks: 8/10.
Views: 7/10.
Photogenic: 6.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 7/10.

27. VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, USVI.


Score = 37.5/50 (equal with Acadia, Shenandoah, Virgin Islands).

Facilities: 7.5/10.
Tracks: 7.5/10.
Surroundings: 8/10.
Photogenic: 7.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 7/10.

28. HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HAWAII.

Rating = 37/50 (equal with Lassen Volcanic).

Facilities: 7.5/10.
Routes: 7/10.
Views: 8/10.
Photogenic: 7.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 7/10.

29. LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA.

Score = 37/50 (equal with Hawai’i Volcanoes).

Facilities: 5/10.
Trails: 8/10.
Views: 8.5/10.
Photogenic: 7.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 8/10.

30. JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA.

Score = 36/50.

Facilities: 8/10.
Routes: 7/10.
Surroundings: 7/10.
Photogenic: 7/10.
Crowds/Transport: 7/10.

31. HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, HAWAII.

 

Rating = 35/50.

Facilities: 5.5/10.
Trails: 8/10.
Scenery: 8/10.
Photogenic: 8/10.
Crowds/Transport: 5.5/10.

32. CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UTAH.


Score = 34.5/50 (equal with Sequoia).

Facilities: 7/10.
Routes: 6/10.
Surroundings: 7/10.
Photogenic: 6.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 8/10.

33. SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, THE GOLDEN STATE.

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us national parks californiaRating = 34.5/50 (equal to Canyonlands).

Facilities: 7/10.
Trails: 8/10.
Landscapes: 7/10.
Photogenic: 5.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 7/10.

34. BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH DAKOTA.

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Rating = 33.5/50.

Facilities: 6.5/10.
Trails: 4/10.
Scenery: 7.5/10.
Photogenic: 7.5/10.
Crowds/Transport: 8/10

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