Visit America’s National Parks
Yosemite & California National Parks
In California, the popular Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Death Valley and Sequoia National Park’s are all easily explored from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Each of these spectacular parks offers its own unique experience and due to their close proximity to each other, can be combined into one holiday.
Utah’s National Parks
To the east of California, in Utah, lay the dramatic sandstone vistas of Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches National Parks, plus nearby Monument Valley. These landscapes have been carved out over millions of years to create an astounding backdrop of canyons, cliffs, arches and bridges. Utah’s magnificent parks are best visited using Las Vegas and Salt Lake City as a gateway and all can be included in a wonderful self drive or motorhome holiday.
Yellowstone & North West National Parks
Best seen from the cities of Seattle and Portland in the north-west, the mountainous National Parks of Mount Rainer, Olympic, Glacier and Grand Teton offer a completely different experience to the desert scenery found in Utah. Here you’ll find snow-capped peaks, lush green forests and crystal clear lakes filled with ice cold glacier water.
Also in the north-west lays America’s very first National Park, Yellowstone. This volcanic hotspot contains dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, verdant forests, hot springs and gushing geysers. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bison, 5,000 of which roam free around the park.
National Park Highlights
- Watch Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Geyser erupt
- Arches’ 2,000 natural sandstone formations
- Bryce Canyon’s breathtaking Hoodoos
- Monument Valley’s 17-mile Valley Drive
- Stand under Sequoia’s ‘General Sherman’
- Witness Death Valley’s extreme landscape
- Hike the Narrows of Zion National Park
- Hike or climb in Mount Rainier National Park
- Spot Wildlife in Olympic National Park
- Explore Grand Teton’s two hundred miles of trails
- Look for Glacier National Park’s ‘Hidden Lake’
America is the land of the motor vehicle and all these USA National Parks are accessible by car and motorhome. Attractions are well signed and usually with ample parking and excellent visitor centres – see our National Park fly drives or hire a motorhome.
If you want to explore the Western USA National Parks without driving, check out our California and West Coast USA tours.