I already gave you some important information about the accommodation, food, petrol or how to plan the route around USA in this article. Now, we may have a bigger problem. Because you will have to make some decision on where to go, and that’s never easy. Especially when you realise that America has 60 national parks and obviously its not possible to see all of them during one road trip.
So what should you visit and which national parks you shouldn’t miss out? Well, I will tell you where you should consider going, because these national parks are just breathtaking. Keep on reading and I am sure you will get some inspiration!
Situated approx 40 minutes outside of Las Vegas, you will find Hoover Dam. Good thing is, if you are not taking the paid tour, it is for free. Only thing you will need to pay for is parking, but that’s just around 10 dollars for the day. It is certainly worth the parking fee as you will get to see some wonderful views that will take your breath away. Just prepare for about 45 Celsius if you decide to go there during summer months. Still really worth seeing though!
Well, Grand Canyon is a national park must. I hope you are not scared of heights, cos the best views in Grand Canyon are on the cliff edges. You may have to climb there a little but its totally worth it. Like they say, sometimes its better to take the routes that nobody has ever took, and you may see what nobody has ever seen. One special tip, its really good if you stay there during sunset, you will get to see some magical views. But be careful, one of the deer almost wanted us for dinner when we were leaving, haha.
When you search for pictures of Grand Canyon, you will for sure be seeing some of Horseshoe bend. Don’t get me wrong, it is part of Grand Canyon, but its also approx two hours drive from the more touristy part of this national park. What’s awesome, is the fact that this bend is free of charge and you will get to see a magical view of the Colorado River surrounded by desert. For me, this was definitely one of my favourite views, that I got to see during our travels.
Death Valley national park
Forget beautiful landscapes, you should visit Death Valley. Magical desert, which will almost burn you alive since its like 50 degrees over there. Its literally breathtaking and it will definitely not be as busy as other national parks, as a lot of people are not able to visit. Good thing is, there are no ticket controllers that we saw, so you should be able to do it for free, although it is a paid one. Obviously, you will probably be mostly driving around it, due to it being dead warm there, even the breeze is ridiculously hot. But its something you may only see once in a lifetime and I think its definitely a bucket list thing.
Yosemite national park
When I went to Yosemite national park I felt like I was at home. I am from Slovakia and I am used to nice hills and beautiful nature. I just never ever expected anything like this in USA. Its seriously one of the most beautiful national parks I have ever seen and probably my favourite one. If you are into hiking, you can try one of the many available to you, or you can be just walking around and enjoying the beauty of nature. This park is beyond awesome and so large too, so make sure you have enough time to check it out.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon national park
Want to see some huge majestic trees? Well, you can find those in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national park. I’ve never seen anything like that and you can tell just how powerful nature is once you see it. Also, Adam could tell you more about the power of the nature, when he almost fell down a hill on the roadside whilst walking around. So make sure you are more careful, as it can be loose and dusty terrain, making it slippery.
Our personal tip is to try out the local restaurant called Peaks restaurant at Wuksachi Lodge– their chicken soup is really lovely and the views are unbelievable. They also have a good wifi, in case you need to find maps or do some work on your computer. As you can probably imagine, signal for internet in the national parks isn’t common.