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With 62 national parks to choose from, narrowing down the list of parks to visit isn’t an easy feat. After all, each and every park offers a unique and breathtaking experience that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. If you simply can’t choose, however, look no further than this list, where you’ll find the top seven US national parks to put on your bucket list. 

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

This park is split between two different states – North Carolina and Tennessee. If you’re a fan of changing leaves, visiting the park in the fall would be the perfect time to go, as that’s when the leaves begin to change into beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow.

  1. Grand Canyon National Park

If this spot isn’t already on your bucket list, it should be. The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States and certainly worth seeing in person. Here you can hike, go rafting, or drive through the park while taking in the gorgeous views. 

  1. Rocky Mountain National Park 

Those looking to spot some wildlife should consider putting this national park on their list. Here you can find everything from elk, bats, and even sheep. The park is 415 square miles, which means you’ll have plenty of ground to cover whether on foot or by car. 

  1. Zion National Park 

Although Utah has more than one national park to offer, Zion is by far the most popular. There are dozens of activities to do here, with hiking being one of the most popular, followed by stargazing and birding. 

  1. Yosemite National Park

This park sees over four million visitors per year and is one of the oldest parks in the United States. It’s a popular place to go camping and hiking.

  1. Yellowstone National Park 

Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful geyser are just some of the main attractions at the world’s first national park. 

  1. Acadia National Park

This park is ideal for birdwatching and hiking and is just steps away from the quaint town of Bar Harbor.