Travel doesn’t mean just being in major cities whooping it up. Amazing time can be spent out in Mother Nature soaking in her warmth and beauty. There are a few locations in the world that truly classify as a nature lovers dream. Those locations are quickly noticed by the respective nation that holds them and made into a national park so that everyone can enjoy them and the nature will go unspoiled. For the nature lovers here is a listing of some of the world’s best national parks.
Banff National Park, Canada
This beautiful and idyllic region was discovered in the late 1800’s during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Upon its discovery the area was quickly cordoned off to be a natural preserve. With an expanse of 6641 square kilometers the park is a natural wild life corridor through the seemingly impenetrable Rocky Mountains. Visitors to the park are treated to the opportunity to see real Canadian animals in their natural habitats. A great way to see the sites of park is by riding a train, the Rocky Mountaineer, through it.
Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia
In contrast to the mountains of Banff, the Namib Naukluft Park is an amazing stretch of desolate desert. The park features the Dunes of Sossuslvei, which are believed to the oldest dunes in the world. Forceful winds cut through the terrain forming hills as high as 300 meters. Popular activities in the park include taking hot air balloon rides to see the natural beauty from above and hiring four by fours to drive around in areas otherwise to remote.
Grand Canyon National Park, USA
The endless chasms and gorges of the Grand Canyon make this a favourtite location for geologists, locals, and of course tourists alike. At the canyons ultimate depth, around 1800 meters, the history of the earth is literally on display. Within the park there are a variety of options for tours and camping.
Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
Khao Sok National park protects one of the oldest rainforests in the world. This is an environment where monkeys, snakes, and even tigers roam around freely in their natural habitats. For botany lovers, the park also is home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia kerrii, which is a flower that can reach over 80 centimetres in diameter.
Mungo National Park, Australia
An amazing outback national park Mungo National Park shields a variety of ancient lakes and rich and varied mega fauna. Human remains in the park dating back more than 40,000 years have been found within the parks boundaries. Mungo has a desert like expanse that includes clay mounds that have been called the great walls of China. Though other areas such as Alice Springs, Uluru and the Blue Moutains grab more attention this is place well deserving of time for any traveler to Australia.