3 national parks that you need to visit

The United States has a lot of national parks. Some of them span millions of acres, and some are much smaller. However, if you are looking for a vacation that will help you reconnect with nature, then you want to be immersed in some of the largest national parks in the country. These are three such parks, and they are all worth visiting.

Yellowstone National Park

The Yellowstone National Park is probably the best known and national park in the country and for a good reason. It stretches across more than 2 million acres and is home to an abundance of plant and animal life. You can get to the Yellowstone National Park through either Wyoming, Idaho or Montana and each of these states makes for a great jumping off point to the park itself. Inside the Yellowstone National Park, though, you are likely to see animals such as American bison, bears, moose, elk and so many other species. While we are on the topic of bears, it is worth mentioning that you should be careful and understand what to do if one approaches you in person or while you are in your car. There are a lot of places to stay, so pick somewhere that fits you and what you want to get out of your vacation.

Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri

While it might pale in terms of size when compared the Yellowstone National Park, the Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri, is excellent for its own reasons. Firstly it is a forest and as such has animals that are more commonly only found in forests. You can hike, cycle or even ride horses through it and enjoy the scenery. It is the home to several lakes making it perfect for canoeing or kayaking, too. If you are looking for somewhere to stay as a jumping off point to the Mark Twain National Forest, then the Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Plains Southwest might be a good choice. The forest itself is still vast and comes in at 1.5 million acres, so there is so much to explore and experience. This will likely mean that you’ll want to spend several vacations here in order to see and do everything.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is another slightly smaller national park coming in at roughly 500,000 acres, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a visit. It is the home to many black bears, so seeing those is one of the main attractions it offers. However, there is so much else that this amazing national park has to offer. It is bordered between Tennessee and North Carolina, and this makes both of these states an excellent choice for jumping into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are a lot of hiking and cycling trails that you can explore and adventure through. Since there is a large bear population in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is worth being vigilant and understanding how to behave if you run across one.


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