For most, the beginning of June marks the start of summer. With beautiful weather and some time off from school and/or work, comes the inevitable task of finding something exciting and memorable to do during these cherished few refreshing months. Those living in North America have the privilege of having access to various climates.
The most iconic and unique environments come in the form of national parks. Visiting national parks is a great way to spend a portion of your summer. The craving to be outside and to explore after being locked up during the cold winter months is intense, and hiking your way through a canyon or mountain is the perfect way to release your energy, get in touch with nature, and exercise your mind and body. Here are some incredible national parks to visit this summer:
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon is made up of the largest collection of hoodoos (pillars of rock left standing by erosion) in the world. The national park offers a variety of hikes and activities, both able to do on your own or with the guidance of a park ranger. Learn more about planning your experience here.
Grand Teton National Park
The opportunities are endless when it comes to experiencing Grand Teton National Park. You can hike, bike, swim, camp, fish, etc. So much nature is at your fingertips. You may even come across a grizzly bear, moose, elk, and much more wildlife. Click here to plan your getaway.
Yellowstone National Park
Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, USA
The world’s first national park, Yellowstone, is one of America’s treasures. It’s home to hot springs (pictured), mudpots, geysers, mountains, forests, waterfalls, lakes, and an abundance of wildlife. You can hike the trails, sit and watch wildlife, or drive through the park. Bison may even come right up to your car window! Yellowstone has an app you can download to learn more about the park and plan your upcoming trip.
Banff National Park- Lake Louise
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Lake Louise (pictured) is known for its crystal clear, bright blue water resting at the base of glacier-clad mountains. In the summer, you can canoe around the lake and take in its indescribable beauty. Adjacent to Lake Louise is Lake Moraine, another beautiful lake you can visit. In addition to the scenery, Banff has a great town full of shops, restaurants, and activities to explore. Click here to see all the options at your fingertips when in Banff.
Although not a national park, Sedona, Arizona, has nearly everything you would want to do on a vacation. Hiking, golfing, site-seeing (from the air via helicopters, hot-air balloons, and airplanes), horseback riding, museums, dining, and the list goes on. One of Sedona’s most popular excursions is Jeep Tours. These tours bring you off-road into the mountains via Jeep. A ranger will show you the hidden wildlife and scenery unable to be seen from the main areas of the town. This website will give you the most information and assistance needed to plan your trip!