When traveling to a new country, one activity that’s usually part of a traveler’s itinerary is learning about natural treasures and attractions. Along with historical structures, religious monuments, and important landmarks, a country’s natural reserves and rich ecosystems are things that could make a trip memorable and extra adventurous.
Here are some of the best national parks in the world that we think will give you a great experience. If you find yourself in any of the countries below, we suggest that you find some time in visiting these national parks. Whether you’re traveling with your family, exploring the world with friends, or going solo, these places will surely provide you a nature trip that you’ll always remember. In no particular order, below are our top ten national parks in the world.
Iguazu National Park (Argentina)
If you’re headed to Argentina, you simply must not miss the country’s national park, and home to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls. The Brazilian side (the (Iguacu National Park) is located across the Iguazu River. This UNESCO world heritage site will definitely not disappoint.
Banff National Park (Canada)
Established in 1885, this is Canada‘s oldest national park. Located at the Alberta Rockies, this is also one of the world’s biggest (it’s more than 6,000 square kilometers). What you’ll find here are beautiful wildlife such as caribou, deer, elk, moose, and of course, the grizzly bears and coyotes.
Kruger National Park (South Africa)
This place is home to the biggest game reserves in all of Africa, so if game-viewing and walking safaris are what you’re looking for, taking a trip to this side of the world will be nothing short of amazing. You will have lots of different tours to choose from, so you’ll certainly find something that you’d be most comfortable in.
Sagarmatha National Park (Nepal)
You simply cannot go wrong with the Himalayas. This humble and calming national park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is home to the southern part of the breathtaking Mt. Everest. After exploring the beautiful temples and immersing yourself in the great Nepalese culture, you should definitely consider making a stop here.
This is the same ground that Charles Darwin explored, so you’re in for some amazing historical and educational trip here. Both a national park and a marine reserve, this place is Ecuador‘s first national park. This is where you’ll find so many endemic species of plants and wildlife. Some of the beautiful creatures that could be found here are: the marine iguana, albatross, Galapagos fur seal, and many more.
Swiss National Park (Switzerland)
This is the only national park in Switzerland (the first one in Europe). Some of the best activities to do here are hiking and spotting the many different species of wildlife and plants. The beautiful alpine scenery and the marked trails will lead you to treasures that you definitely won’t forget.
Fiordland National Park (New Zealand)
This is the largest national park in New Zealand, and is home to the magnificent Milford Sound, a place that Rudyard Kipling referred to as the “eight wonder of the world.” This is a definite must-visit for visitors who wish to explore the best of New Zealand‘s lush landscapes.
It’s already a given that the Yellowstone National Park will be included in the world’s must-visit sites. This is the first national park in the world, and it still has not lost its wonder until today. This place is home to the magnificent Old Faithful Geyser and lots of scenic lakes, rivers, mountain ranges, canyons, rocks, and a great variety of wildlife.
Khao Sok National Park (Thailand)
Thailand is known for its beautiful wildlife and great forests, and if you want to see one of the best ones, head over to this national park. As one of the oldest rainforests in the world, this is where you’ll surely be immersed in a rich natural scenery. When you visit, don’t miss the Rafflesia kerrii, the largest flower in the world.
Arches National Park (United States)
This is a photographer’s paradise–the majestic sandstone arches in this place has never failed to impress. There are more than 2,000 of them here, so you sure won’t run out of things to admire in this beautiful Utah attraction. Great wildlife is also present here–some of the creatures you’ll find are: red fox, sparrows, Western rattlesnake, mule deer, and a lot more.
Do you have other places to add to this list? Share with us what you think are also must-visit national parks in the world—we’re sure we haven’t scoured the earth enough for these great treasures!