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Six Must-See National Parks

Posted by Natures Path on March 4th, 2016 under Healthy Living, General

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With spring just around the corner, we can't help but start thinking about outdoor adventures and beautiful natural spaces to explore. And with 2016 marking the centennial year of the National Park Service, there's no better way to take a step on nature's path than to explore one (or more!) of over 400 parks across the United States. 

If this list of jaw-dropping photos makes you antsy to get outside, be sure to check out the Nature's Path #OnNaturesPath contest - we've partnered with the National Park Foundation to give away 3 park adventure trips to a national park of your choice! Learn more here.  

 

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

photo by Chris Mobley, Share the Experience Photo Contest

Located along the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the US. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the park is teeming with waterfalls, wildflowers and over 80 historic buildings. 

 

 

2. Channel Islands National Park

photo by Sarah Stargel, Share the Experience Photo Contest

Located off the coast of southern California, 50% of Channel Islands National Park acreage is located underwater. The park is home to 145 plant and animal species unique to the islands and found nowhere else in the world. 

 

 

3. Mount Rainier National Park 

photo by Gregory Teller, Share the Experience Photo Contest

Located in Washington, Mount Rainier National Park is actually an active volcano and a part of the Cascade Range. 

 

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4. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

photo by Steve Lanctot, Share the Experience Photo Contest

Located adjacent to the city of Los Angeles, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area boast over 1,000 plant species that provide habitat for 500 mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian species. 

 

 

5. Grand Canyon National Park

photo by Brian Presley, Share the Experience Photo Contest

Located in northwestern Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Grand Canyon sees over 5 million tourists each year. 

 

 

6. Yosemite National Park

photo by Xiaochen Zhang, Share the Experience Photo Contest

Located in central California, Yosemite National Park is known for its incredible rock formations, including El Capitan - the world's largest granite monolith, Yosemite Falls - the tallest waterfall in the North America, and Giant Sequoia trees - estimated to be over 3,000 years old. 

 

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