Less than a day's drive from Los Angeles, California's Yosemite National Park, which caught the attention of early American explorers like John Muir, is a wealth of granite cliffs, stunning waterfalls, and panoramas perfect for sunset viewing.
Arches National Park, in southern Utah, is likely the most iconic of the state's five national parks. The classic red rock formations appear hand-sculpted, with over 2,000 natural arches, as well as rock pinnacles and canyons to admire.
Alaska is home to the five largest parks in the country, as well as the tallest peak in North America, which lies in Denali National Park. Visitors to this protected wilderness may glimpse bears, moose, and other wildlife while enjoying nearly 24-hour daylight in the summer.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park had over 10 million visitors in 2015, making it the country's most-visited park. Lush hills, valleys, and a plethora of plant and animal life span the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.
An ocean paradise made up of seven islands, Dry Tortugas National Park in the Florida Keys is home to coral and marine life, temperate Caribbean waters, and the historic walls of Fort Jefferson, a 19th century stronghold that protected America's ships.