19 of the World’s Most Majestic National Parks for an American Traveler

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For those of us with a penchant for wild beauty that hasn’t been trampled by the relentless march of civilization, national parks stand as the last bastions of untamed majesty. From the rugged, unspoiled terrains of remote islands to the awe-inspiring vistas of towering mountains, here’s a countdown to the globe’s most stunning national parks. Get ready to update your bucket list with these 19 majestic sanctuaries, where nature’s artistry is on full display, untouched and unfiltered.

19. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

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Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes are a spectacle of cascading lakes, waterfalls, and lush forest, creating a watercolor of natural wonders that seems almost too perfect to be real.

18. Kruger National Park, South Africa

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As one of Africa’s largest game reserves, Kruger offers an unforgettable safari experience with the Big Five roaming freely in their natural habitat, set against a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes.

17. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

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Home to the awe-inspiring Milford Sound, Fiordland is a haven of fjords, waterfalls, and rainforests. It’s Middle-earth in reality, minus the orcs.

16. Yellowstone National Park, USA

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America’s first national park is a testament to the country’s natural beauty, with its geysers, hot springs, and diverse wildlife. Yellowstone is a piece of primal beauty frozen in time.

15. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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The Serengeti is synonymous with vast open plains and the dramatic Great Migration. It’s a raw slice of Africa where the circle of life plays out in all its brutal beauty.

14. Jasper National Park, Canada

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Jasper is Banff’s less crowded cousin, offering equally stunning landscapes with more room to breathe. It’s a sanctuary for those who want to commune with nature in solitude.

13. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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In the heart of Patagonia, Torres del Paine dazzles with its towering mountains, bright blue icebergs, and golden pampas. It’s a hiker’s paradise and a photographer’s dream.

12. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia

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Diving into the Great Barrier Reef is like entering another world, with vibrant coral, diverse marine life, and crystal-clear waters. It’s a marine sanctuary of unparalleled beauty.

11. Grand Canyon National Park, USA

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The Grand Canyon is a marvel of the natural world, with its vast, colorful landscape that tells a story millions of years old. It’s a humbling reminder of nature’s power and beauty.

10. Galápagos National Park, Ecuador

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The Galápagos Islands offer a unique glimpse into biodiversity and evolution, with wildlife that’s unafraid of humans. It’s a living laboratory of natural history.

9. Yosemite National Park, USA

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Yosemite’s iconic granite cliffs, waterfalls, and giant sequoias are nature’s cathedral, inspiring awe and wonder in all who visit.

8. Tatra National Park, Poland and Slovakia

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Straddling Poland and Slovakia, the Tatra Mountains are a rugged landscape of alpine peaks and lakes, offering breathtaking scenery and challenging trails.

7. Sossusvlei National Park, Namibia

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Sossusvlei’s towering red sand dunes and stark, tree-lined pans are a surreal desert landscape straight out of a dream.

6. Iguazú National Park, Argentina and Brazil

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The thunderous falls of Iguazú are surrounded by lush rainforest, creating a natural border between Argentina and Brazil. It’s a powerful spectacle of nature’s force.

5. Patagonia National Park, Argentina

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Patagonia’s remote wilderness of glaciers, mountains, and steppes is hauntingly beautiful and wildly unspoiled, offering solace to the wandering soul.

4. Denali National Park, USA

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Home to North America’s highest peak, Denali is a pristine wilderness of snow-capped mountains and tundra, where wildlife roams free under the midnight sun.

3. Kakadu National Park, Australia

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Kakadu showcases the best of Australia’s biodiversity, with wetlands, waterfalls, and ancient Aboriginal rock art. It’s a testament to the continent’s ancient and natural heritage.

2. Banff National Park, Canada

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With its ethereal landscapes, Banff gets a second nod on our list. It’s a place where the mountains touch the sky, and the air is filled with the promise of adventure.

1. Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

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Topping our list, Sagarmatha (home to Mount Everest) is more than just the world’s highest peak—it’s a sacred landscape where earth meets sky, offering some of the most spectacular views on the planet.

The Call of the Wild

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These 19 national parks are a testament to the beauty and diversity of our planet. They’re a call to explore, to stand in awe, and to protect these natural wonders for generations to come. 

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