20 Must-see National Parks

by SheKnows
Nov 17, 2010 at 5:13 p.m. ET
Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

1 /19: Zion National Park, Utah

1/19 :Zion National Park, Utah

Massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. To experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs, or challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons.

2 /19: Rocky Mountain, Colorado

2/19 :Rocky Mountain, Colorado

Throughout its 416 square miles of rock-ribbed wildness, Rocky Mountain National Park truly is a land of superlatives. Here at least 60 mountains exceed 12,000 feet, topping off at 14,259 feet on the football field-sized summit of Longs Peak.

3 /19: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

3/19 :Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Nearly five million people see the 1 mile deep Grand Canyon each year. Most of them see it from their car at overlooks along the South Rim (this includes Grand Canyon Village, Hermits Rest, and Desert View). The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and is open all year.

4 /19: Glacier National Park, Montana