What better way to enjoy the pristine beauty of a nation, than visiting its national parks?
If you could go “around the world in an article,” this is it! Put your travel hats on, cause you’re about to look at some of the most stunning national parks from all around the world. While there are more than four thousand of them, we have curated a list of ten we think would fit just right into a globetrotter’s travel itinerary. This one’s for all the nature lovers out there!
1. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
“Like a postcard that has come to life”
Known for its five phenomenal fjords, Fiordland is the largest national park in New Zealand. With its breathtakingly beautiful snow-capped mountains, enchanting forests, and wildlife, it’s as picturesque as it can get.
2. Guilin and Lijiang River National Park, China
“An artist’s delight”
Featuring the Li river, also known as Li Jiang, China’s Guilin and Lijiang River National Park is a vast stretch of poetic quietude. The panoramic scenery between the two cities of Yangshuo and Guilin City also features as artwork on the 20 yuan note. Many artists over the centuries have taken inspiration from this natural stretch of timeless beauty.
3. Valley of Flowers National Park, India
“Beautiful, blushing blooms”
In the land of Yoga, lies this divine stretch of beauty which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Known for its meadows of rare Himalayan flowers and the sheer variety of flora, this National Park houses rare animals like the musk deer, blue sheep, and the snow leopard, best experienced when hiking through the trails.
4. Serengeti, Tanzania
“In the jungle, the mighty jungle…..”
Best known for its dramatic landscapes and the great migration of zebras and wildebeest, Serengeti National Park is every wildlife lover’s dream. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you couldn’t go wrong with Serengeti.
5. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
“A bevy of beautiful lakes”
Located in the heart of Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park offers an out-of-this-world visual experience. A chain of sixteen lakes, joined by waterfalls that pour into turquoise canyons, this park is often considered Europe’s finest.
6. Wicklow Mountains National Park, Ireland
“Ireland at its finest”
Remember when Holly runs into Gerry the first time, in “P.S. I Love You”? Perhaps one of the prettiest places for a first romantic encounter. This beautiful Irish countryside of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, situated just south of Dublin is a charm, especially during the spring season.
7. Los Glaciares, Argentina
A place of exceptional beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina sports towering mountains and numerous glacial lakes. If you aren’t sold, a quick scan of Google images from this park should do the trick.
8. Amboro National Park, Bolivia
“The Bolivian life”
Located in Central Bolivia, Amboro is a hidden gem. It features beautiful walks, waterfalls, and a great diversity of flora and fauna, making it a great spot for wildlife watching in the heart of South America.
9. Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio is a Central American wonder with white beaches and coral reefs. Although small, this tropical gem is often counted as one of the world’s most beautiful parks. Home to the white-faced capuchin monkeys and hundreds of bird species, the biodiversity here is unparalleled.
10. Banff National Park, Canada
“The very best of nature”
North America’s pride, the Banff National Park in Canada is best known for its picture-perfect scenery of the Rocky Mountains overlooking beautiful alpine lakes and abundant wildlife. Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.