Denali National Park & Preserve
In our collective consciousness, Alaska represents the concept of the raw wilderness. But that untamed perception can be as much a deterrent as a draw. For many travelers, in-depth exploration of this American frontier is a daunting task. Enter Denali National Park & Preserve: a parcel of land both primeval and easily accessible.
Yellowstone National Park
The sights of Yellowstone are so fantastic that when the first white man to visit described what was here, he was roundly criticized as delirious or possibly a liar. It wasn’t until the world saw the paintings of Thomas Moran from the Hayden Expedition some 70 years later that people began to believe such a wondrous place could exist.
The Copper Canyon & Ferrocarril Chihuahua Pacífico
The highland scenery of this region is nothing short of spectacular. Northern Mexico does not lack for amazing attractions, but none compares to the Copper Canyon for sheer wow-factor, with its astonishing cliff-top vistas, towering pine-clad mountains and the fascinating culture of the native Tarahumara people.
An unstoppable flow of rushing water surges over the arcing fault in the riverbed with thunderous force. Great plumes of icy mist rise for hundreds of meters as the waters collide, like an ethereal veil concealing the vast rift behind the torrent. Thousands of onlookers delight in the spectacle every day, drawn by the force of the current and the hypnotic mist.
Redwood National & State Parks
This richly forested region can be a little confusing regarding which park is where and what they all offer. The main parks in this jigsaw of mighty redwoods are: the Redwood National Park; Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park; Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (famed for being a backdrop in the original Star Wars movie).
Banff & Jasper National Parks
With the Rocky Mountains stretched across them, Banff and Jasper National Parks are filled with dramatic, untamed wilderness. Rugged mountaintops scrape the skyline while enormous glaciers cling to their precipices. Glassy lakes flash emerald, turquoise and sapphire, filled by waterfalls tumbling down cliff faces and thundering through bottomless canyons.
Zion National Park
Get ready for an overdose of awesome. The soaring red-and-white cliffs of Zion Canyon, one of southern Utah's most dramatic natural wonders, rise high over the Virgin River. Hiking downriver through the Narrows or peering beyond Angels Landing after a 1400ft ascent is indeed amazing.
Bryce Canyon National Park
upThe sorbet-colored, sandcastle-like spires and hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park pop like Dr Seuss creations. Though southern Utah's smallest national park, Bryce packs the most immediate visual punch: at sunset an orange wash sets the otherworldly rock formations ablaze.
Grand Teton National Park
The Grand Tetons have captivated our imaginations with their awesome stature from the moment the first humans laid eyes on them. While the seemingly salacious moniker is often ascribed to lonely French trappers, the range was more likely named for the Thítȟuŋwaŋ band of the Lakota Sioux who inhabited the area long before.