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World National Parks

Updated on September 25, 2014

National Parks of the World-Top National National Parks you must see

National parks are one of the best ideas ever thought up. They are reserves of land that are put aside by governments in order to protect the area from development and to provide a place for human recreation. Ever since the first National Park was established in the United States in 1872 (Yellowstone NP), many other countries have followed the US in establishing numerous national parks in their respective countries. Today you'll find a national park in just about every country in the world. In fact, there are over 7000 national parks in the world. Here is a guide to some of the best, most beautiful, and most famous national parks.

Banff National Park, Canada

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park
Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

Banff National Park is Canada's first and oldest national park. It was established in 1885 and is considered the gem of the Canadian National Park system. Located in the province of Alberta about a 1.5 hr drive from Calgary, the park covers 6,641 square kilometres of mountainous terrain, and features numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, crystal clear rivers and lakes amidst spectacular alpine landscapes.

Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia - The Twelve Apostles

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Port Campbell National Park is located in Australia 190 kilometres southwest of Melbourne. The park features dramatic cliffs, rock stacks, gorges, arches, and blow-holes.The most popular tourist attraction are the Twelve Apostles which is a collection of limestone rock stacks jutting from the water and reaching heights up to 45 metres high.

Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

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Corcovado National Park is situated in the Southwest part of Costa Rica on the OSA Peninsula which is an area that is extremely rich in biodiversity. According to National Geographic , the park is "the most biologically intense place on the planet,". Here you’ll find jaguars,crocodiles, caymans, tapir, macaws, spider monkeys, white faced capuchin monkeys, white nosed coati to name just a few. This is definitely one the best parks in Costa Rica to spot wildlife and is a popular ecotourism destination. Because of its isolation and inaccessibility, the park remains largely undisturbed.

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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Torres del Paine is a spectacular park located in Chile. It is composed of jagged mountain peaks, blue lakes, deserted pampas and iceberg-loaded rivers. At the centre of the park is the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields which are the size of Hawaii. The most dramatic feature of the park are the Torres or Towers of granite that rise 2900 meters high. The park attracts trekkers who come to hike the many circuit trails that cross glacial rivers, lakes and enormous glaciers.

Grand Canyon National Park, United States

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Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

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Canaima National Park, Venezuela - Angel Falls

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Canaima National Park is the second largest park in Venezuela and sixth largest in the world. In terms of size, it equals Belgium. What makes this park so distinctive are the plateaus of rock called tepuis that rise several thousand feet high and are characterized by vertical walls and flat tops. Around 65 % of the park is occupied by tepuis making it a great geological interest and UNESCO World Heritage Site. But the main attraction is Angel Falls which at 1002m is the highest waterfall in the world. The park is home to several other spectacular waterfalls. Because of its remoteness only a few roads connect towns and the only way to get around in certain parts of the park is by foot, canoe or light plane.

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

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Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Iguacu National Park, Brazil

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USA

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Hawaii Volcanoes NP is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea. This park is a popular visitor attraction and is a sacred place for native Hawaiians. The park covers an area of 333,000 acres where you will find volcanic craters, scalded deserts, rainforests, a walk-in lava tube and two active volcanoes: Maunaloa and Kilauea. A chance to see one of these volcanoes erupting is just one of the reasons to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site as well the park features over 150 miles of hiking trails.

Ranthambore National Park, India

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If you ever wanted to spot tigers in the wild then Ranthambore National Park is the place to do so. This is one of the best places in India to see these majestic animals even in the day time. Safari rides which take place twice a day provide a way for the visitor to do so. Ranthambore sits the edge of a plateau and is named for the historic 10th century Ranthambore fortress, which lies within the national park.

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      worldwidesouven 4 years ago

      I visited two of them - Grand Canyon and The Twelve Apostles. Thanks for sharing this lens, it will help me to make plans for next vacation!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Fantastic tour. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Banff is one of my favourite places on earth.