With the new year in full swing, it’s time to start setting some traveling goals! Whether travel is on your bucket list, there are so many beautiful places to see, and this could be the year you get to experience it all. National parks are not only popular destinations, but they’re all protected, so you’ll be able to see nature at its best; alive and thriving. If you need some assistance deciding which parks to visit, we have compiled a list of our personal favorites.

Yellowstone – Wyoming, U.S.

One of the most well-known national parks, Yellowstone, is covered with hot springs and frequently erupting geysers. You recognize the name “Old Faithful,” right? Not only that, there are so many scenic waterfalls and so much wildlife that you’re sure to stay intrigued. This is an excellent getaway that will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

Zion – Utah, U.S.

Quite the geological wonder, this park harbors four different types of eco systems. Here you can find desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Enjoy the beauty of colorful sandstone canyons and mountainous mesas. If this doesn’t take your breath away, we don’t know what will.

American Samoa – American Samoa, U.S. Territory

Situated on three Samoan islands, American Samoa’s natural harbor is surrounded by volcanic peaks. It features tropical scenery, including rain forests and white sand beaches. All the coral reefs, rain forests, volcanic mountains, and white beaches are protected by this park, which keeps everything clean and pristine. There’s some interesting wildlife around these parts too, so be sure to bring a camera!

Acadia – Maine, U.S.

Acadia is home to the tallest mountain on the Atlantic coast of the United States. Here you’ll find lush woodland, rocky beaches, granite peaks, and lakes. As far as wildlife is concerned, be on the lookout for moose, bear, whales and seabirds.

Biscayne – Florida, U.S

This park is at the north end of Florida, located in Biscayne Bay, Keys. There are four marine ecosystems: mangrove forest, the Bay, the Keys, and coral reefs. Be sure to check out the museum at Convoy point for a little history and explanation on how the ecosystems work!

The Grand Canyon – Arizona, U.S.

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, about one mile deep, and up to fifteen miles wide. Over the years, erosion has exposed the colorful layers and endless mesas and walls in the canyon. If you’re an avid hiker, consider making the trek from the north to south rim, where a number of trails will take you right down and through the canyon.

Glacier Bay – Alaska, U.S.

When Glacier Bay was originally discovered, the entire bay was covered in ice, but the glaciers have since receded more than 65 miles. This park is home to various tidewater glaciers, mountains, fjords, as well as a temperate rain forest. A majority of its visitors arrive via cruise ship, so maybe that’s something to think about!

If you’re looking for an escape, any of these parks would be a great option. What better way to forget about 2016 than to get yourself out in nature for a nice deep breath of fresh air? Sounds good to us!

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