National Park Week has officially kicked off — and what better way to celebrate than with a long-awaited trip to that park you've always wanted to visit?
Whether you're dying to visit the world-famous Grand Canyon or California's Yosemite is all that's left to complete your I heart nature wishlist, we’ve rounded up our faves to provide you with some much-needed inspiration. So go out and explore!
1. Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
You'll likely never have heard of it — and for good reason. Durmitor National Park is part of the Dinaric Alps, and one of Europe's best-kept secrets. Formed by glaciers and traversed by rivers and underground streams, its jade-green lakes are just one of its many beautiful features.
2. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Watch as over a million wildebeest and zebra chase the horizon during The Great Migration in this incredible national park. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also pretty mesmerizing, and going on safari is a great way to see it all.
3. Banff National Park, Canada
Oh, Canada. Pair crystal clear blue waters with unparalleled mountain scenery and you'll be lost for words. Banff National Park is, of course, nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies and is the country's oldest national park. No visit to Canada is complete without it.
4. Joshua Tree National Park, USA
One of the world's most visited national parks, Joshua Tree features two distinct ecosystems. The first — a lower elevation with high temperatures and the second (in the Mojave desert) with a higher elevation, and lower temperatures. It's so great that U2 named an album after it.
5. Arches National Park, USA
In this Utah park, you'll find over 2,000 arches (as the name suggests). It's a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures and unique from any other national park in the world, which is what makes it so special. Visitors are particularly wowed by the Balanced Rock.
6. Grand Canyon, USA
No National Parks list would be complete without the famous Grand Canyon. As well as being the most visited national park, this Arizona beauty is considered by many as one of the seven wonders of the world. It's also home to the most remote community in the lower 48 states, the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Pretty cool, huh?
7. The Peak District, UK
Britain's first national park is nestled between the northern cities of Sheffield and Manchester and is made up of over 200 square miles of open access land for everyone to enjoy. Perfect for a country walk, bike ride or horse ride in rain or shine.
8. Wild Taiga National Park, Finland
For the best wildlife viewing, head to Wild Taiga National Park. Here you're likely to find brown bears, wolves, elk, beavers and many more incredible species. It's also perfect in all weathers (go canoeing, cycling, fishing, and hiking in the summer, or cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and dog sledding in the winter).
9. Sarek National Park, Sweden
As well as being a national treasure among Swedish people, Sarek National Park is also one of the best places to capture views of the Northern Lights. Established in 1909, it's also one of the oldest national parks in Europe.
10. Yosemite National Park
A must-see while in California, Yosemite boasts some of the best views and hiking trails in the whole of the USA. Waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and oh so much more. It's truly a sight to see.