TOP 3 NATIONAL PARKS TO VISIT ON AMERICA HOLIDAYS
Press release date: 4th March 2011
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If you enjoy a little adventure in breathtaking surroundings, it is difficult to beat the national parks of America as holiday destinations. Whether you are planning a gap year in the USA or just want to spend your annual holiday doing something a bit different, you are sure to find something that interests you in one of the parks. There are 393 areas that enjoy national park status, thanks to their flora, fauna and landscape. All could be great locations for America tours, but there are some that really stand out.
Yellowstone became the world's first national park in 1872 and as a result, it remains one of the great wilderness areas of North America. Located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone has a perfect landscape for adventure tours. The park has more than 70 peaks higher than 8,000 ft, so there are lots of opportunities for climbing and hiking expeditions. If you take on the challenge of some of the big hills, you will be rewarded with panoramic views over Yellowstone, but there is also lots to see lower down. There are a host of spectacular waterfalls to find, along with the famous geysers, hot springs and mudpots in the park's geothermal areas. Two major rivers - Yellowstone and Snake - run through the area and they provide plenty of chances to go rafting and kayaking. Yellowstone is also a paradise for wildlife lovers, as its vast forests, canyons and lakes provide a habitat for a variety of species. Wolves, lynx, bison, moose, deer, goats and mountain lions are among the animals you may see during your adventure holiday in the park. Of course, there is also a chance you will encounter some bears - but don't expect the grizzlies to be quite as friendly as their famous cartoon counterparts.
Few places in the world feel as cut off from civilisation as Denali National Park in Alaska, which makes it the ideal destination if you are hoping to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. The park covers more than 9,400 square miles, featuring glaciers, mountains, forests, lakes and rivers. Its most-famous landmark is Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America at 20,320 ft. The snow-covered apex towers over the park and it is easy to get a great view of it from the terrain that surrounds it. If you are looking for the best view of Mount McKinley on an Alaska tour, you can book a flight around the peak - something that will also allow you to enjoy the park's stunning alpine scenery. Should you want to turn your hand to something a little more adventurous, the landscape is perfect for hiking and climbing, and there are plenty of opportunities for river rafting. Denali National Park is also a great location for wildlife spotting, with golden eagles, tundra swans, caribou, wolves, pikas, arctic ground squirrels and grizzly bears among the creatures you may encounter.
Another destination you are sure to enjoy if you love the great outdoors is Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The area is home to some of the most rugged and unforgiving terrain you will ever trek across, including the Grand Canyon itself. At 277 miles long and up to a mile deep and 18 miles wide in places, this vast scar on the landscape is one of the world's most famous natural attractions. Holidaymakers flock in their millions to see it, with many taking day trips during breaks in Las Vegas or booking pleasure flights over it. There is also plenty of choice for more adventurous travellers who want to do something a little more than just admire the magnificent views on a Grand Canyon tour.
Rafting on the Colorado River is guaranteed to be an experience you will never forget, as it will take you to parts of the Grand Canyon you can't see from above, including some spectacular rock formations and caverns. You can also experience some unusual sights by hiking through the canyon. If you are only spending a day or two in the area during your adventure tour in America, you could try walking on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Plan your hike for the start or end of the day and you will be rewarded with a stunning sunrise or sunset.
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