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30 of the World's Best National Parks

          
Explore the breathtaking beauty and diverse wildlife of 30 of the world's best national parks with this list from U.S. News.

With so much beauty to behold across the globe, it's tough to choose which natural wonders you should visit next. To help you narrow down your options, U.S. News compiled a ranking of the best national parks in the world using reader votes and expert insights, as well as factors like accessibility, abundance of wildlife, camping opportunities and iconic landmarks.
 

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Glacier National Park, home to over 700 lakes and stunning alpine meadows.

There are 25 active glaciers and more than 700 lakes of various sizes inside Glacier National Park.

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Discover the breathtaking beauty of Banff National Park, home to stunning turquoise lakes and the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Banff National Park is home to the stunning Lake Louise, known for its turquoise waters and breathtaking mountain backdrop.

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Experience the awe-inspiring wildlife and witness the Great Migration in Serengeti National Park.

Serengeti National Park is home to the largest mammal migration on Earth.

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Witness the breathtaking beauty of one of the world's most iconic natural wonders as we take you on a journey to explore the majestic Grand Canyon National Park!

The Grand Canyon is so vast that it has its own unique weather patterns, with temperatures varying up to 30 degrees between the rim and the bottom.

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From majestic geysers to breathtaking wildlife, discover the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

The oldest national park in the US - founded in 1872. Home to over 300 waterfalls, and also the “Old Faithful” geyser - so-called because visitors can rely on it to erupt regularly.

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Discover the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park, California's natural wonderland, and explore its stunning landscapes and iconic landmarks.

Yosemite is one of the most popular parks in the country and outdoor enthusiasts will not want to miss the opportunity to !

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Explore the breathtaking beauty of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, home to the iconic granite towers and pristine turquoise lakes.

Torres del Paine National Park is home to the breathtaking "W" trek, offering stunning views of glaciers, lakes, and granite peaks.

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Jasper National Park, home to the stunning Columbia Icefield.

Jasper National Park is home to the largest dark sky preserve in the world, perfect for stargazing.

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Zion National Park's towering red cliffs, narrow slot canyons, and the iconic Zion Canyon.

Explore the soaring red-and-white cliffs of Zion Canyon.

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Discover the breathtaking beauty of Sagarmatha National Park, home to the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.

Sagarmatha National Park is home to Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.

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Explore the breathtaking beauty of Grand Teton National Park, home to the iconic Teton Range and abundant wildlife.

Grand Teton is the only mountain range in North America that rises abruptly from a flat valley floor without any foothills.

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Experience the breathtaking wildlife and witness the annual wildebeest migration in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya's premier safari destination.

Masai Mara National Reserve is home to the Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest and zebras cross its plains in search of fresh grazing.

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Explore the diverse landscapes of Olympic National Park, from ancient rainforests to rugged coastlines and snow-capped peaks.

Olympic National Park is home to the largest temperate rainforest in the contiguous United States.

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Experience the awe-inspiring wildlife and breathtaking landscapes of Kruger National Park, home to the iconic Big Five.

Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos.

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of Fiordland National Park, home to the iconic Milford Sound and its majestic waterfalls.

Fiordland National Park is home to the stunning Milford Sound, known as the "eighth wonder of the world.

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Explore the majestic red rock formations and iconic Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.

Arches National Park is famous for having the largest concentration of stone arches in the world.

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Experience the natural wonders of Guilin and Lijiang River National Park, where stunning karst landscapes and cormorant fishing traditions intertwine.

The Lijiang River in Guilin is famous for its stunning karst landscape and is often described as a living Chinese landscape painting.

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Experience the rugged beauty of Gros Morne National Park, home to the ancient Tablelands, a geological wonder formed by tectonic collisions.

Gros Morne National Park is home to the stunning Western Brook Pond, a freshwater fjord surrounded by towering cliffs.

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Explore the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss National Park, home to alpine landscapes and diverse wildlife.

Swiss National Park is home to over 5,000 species of plants and animals.

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Explore the awe-inspiring Sequoia National Park, home to the world's largest tree, General Sherman.

Sequoia National Park is home to the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree on Earth by volume.

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Explore the ancient Mayan ruins and lush rainforest of Tikal National Park in Guatemala.

Tikal, one of the largest ancient Mayan cities, was once home to more than 100,000 people and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Discover the enigmatic Moai statues and delve into the fascinating ancient Polynesian culture at Rapa Nui National Park in Chile.

Rapa Nui National Park is home to the famous moai statues, which were carved by the island's early inhabitants between 1250 and 1500 AD.

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Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Canaima National Park, home to the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls.

Canaima National Park is home to the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls, cascading from a staggering height of 979 meters (3,212 feet).

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Experience the extraordinary biodiversity of Galápagos National Park, home to iconic wildlife species that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Galápagos National Park is home to giant tortoises, some of which can live over 100 years.

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Explore the rugged beauty and diverse wildlife of Cairngorms National Park, home to the UK's highest mountain range and the iconic Highland cattle.

The Cairngorms National Park is home to the UK's highest mountain range and five of its six highest peaks.

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Experience the awe-inspiring power of nature at Iguazu Falls National Park, home to the world's largest waterfall system.

Iguazu Falls National Park is home to the world's largest waterfall system, with over 275 individual cascades.

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Experience the otherworldly charm of Göreme National Park, home to fairy-tale-like rock formations and ancient cave dwellings.

Göreme National Park is home to over 200 ancient rock-cut churches and monasteries.

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Discover the enchanting beauty of Tatra National Park, Poland, home to the stunning High Tatras mountain range and rare species like the Tatra chamois.

Tatra National Park in Poland is home to the highest peak in the country, Mount Rysy, standing at 2,499 meters.

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Discover the enchanting Plitvice Lakes National Park, where emerald-hued cascades weave through lush forests, creating a captivating harmony of nature.

Plitvice Lakes National Park is home to 16 interconnected lakes, creating a stunning cascading waterfall system.

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Experience the awe-inspiring power of Victoria Falls National Park, where the Zambezi River plunges into the Batoka Gorge, creating the world's largest sheet of falling water.

Victoria Falls National Park is home to the world's largest waterfall, with a width of 1.7 kilometers and a height of 108 meters.

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Explore the vast dunes and surreal landscapes of Namib Naukluft National Park, home to the towering red sand dunes of Sossusvlei.

Namib Naukluft National Park is home to the world's highest sand dunes, reaching up to 1,000 feet tall!

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Discover the untamed beauty of Mana Pools National Park, where wildlife roams freely amidst the world's largest inland river delta.

Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe is one of the few places in Africa where visitors are allowed to walk freely among the wild animals.

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Experience the awe-inspiring power of nature as you witness the mighty Nile River squeezing through a narrow gorge at Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda.

Murchison Falls National Park is home to the Nile River's most powerful waterfall, creating a breathtaking sight for visitors.

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Explore the breathtaking beauty of Halgurd-Sakran National Park, a natural haven in Iraq.

Halgurd-Sakran National Park in Iraq is home to the highest peak in the country, Mount Halgurd, standing at 3,607 meters.

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Explore the enchanting Ein Avdat National Park in Israel, where ancient Nabatean water channels carve through stunning desert landscapes.

Ein Avdat National Park is home to a unique population of Nubian ibex, an endangered desert-dwelling species.

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Explore the awe-inspiring Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, home to the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier.

Los Glaciares National Park is home to the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few glaciers in the world that is still advancing.

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Explore the enchanting landscapes of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, home to the towering sandstone pillars that inspired the floating mountains in the movie Avatar.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park inspired the floating mountains in the movie "Avatar.

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Explore the vibrant autumn foliage and witness the mesmerizing "Crimson Maple Tunnel" at Naejangsan National Park.

Don't miss the breathtaking autumn foliage at Naejangsan National Park, known as one of Korea's best spots for fall colors.

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Experience the adrenaline rush of navigating through the enchanting rapids of Pagsanjan Gorge National Park's iconic "Shooting the Rapids" boat ride.

Pagsanjan Gorge National Park is home to the enchanting Pagsanjan Falls, where visitors can take a thrilling bamboo raft ride through the stunning canyon.

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Experience the awe-inspiring wildlife spectacle of Minneriya National Park, home to the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world.

Minneriya National Park in Sri Lanka is famous for its "Elephant Gathering," where hundreds of elephants congregate during the dry season.

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Explore the enchanting Sundarbans National Park in India, home to the world's largest mangrove forest and majestic Royal Bengal tigers.

The Sundarbans National Park is home to the world's largest population of Bengal tigers.

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Experience the breathtaking wildlife and witness the world's first butterfly park at Bannerghatta National Park in India.

Bannerghatta National Park is home to the world's largest collection of tigers in captivity.

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Explore the captivating wilderness of Bandhavgarh National Park, home to majestic tigers and diverse wildlife.

Bandhavgarh National Park is home to the highest density of tigers in India, offering excellent opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts.

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Experience the majestic beauty of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home to iconic red rock formations and rich Aboriginal culture.

Uluru, the iconic sandstone monolith in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, changes colors during sunrise and sunset due to its mineral composition.

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Discover the enchanting Blue Mountains National Park, home to the iconic Three Sisters rock formation and breathtaking Jamison Valley views.

The Blue Mountains National Park is home to the world's oldest known cave systems.

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Explore the rugged beauty of Paparoa National Park, home to stunning limestone formations and diverse wildlife.

Paparoa National Park in New Zealand is home to the magnificent Pancake Rocks, a natural wonder formed over millions of years.

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Explore the stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity of Nahuel Huapi National Park in Argentina.

Argentina's oldest national park, established in 1934.

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Explore the pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and diverse wildlife at Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica.

Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is home to the endangered West Indian manatee, providing a unique opportunity to spot these gentle giants in their natural habitat.

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