The world is a big place for the intrepid traveller.
To be able to see it all means having the time and the budget to accommodate all of your travel goals. And given the recent world events, many people are having to be really savvy with their planning. Visiting certain national parks can be the better travel option, as they often include plenty of must see attractions anyway.
National Parks are as much a celebration of biodiversity as they are a conservation effort, put in place to protect the habitat and the wildlife within. Around the world, these parks include scenes of exquisite mountainous landscapes, dense jungles and sprawling beaches.
Whether you hope to simply enjoy a laid back safari drive or if you are keen to go on a more active adventure, in this list, we are talking about the highlights of these best rated national parks.
Vatnajokull National Park
Iceland has long been an incredible destination. Best known for its snowy landscapes, dramatic waterfalls and volcanoes, Iceland has more than one must-visit destination and plenty of incredible national parks.
One national park that should be on any Icelandic travel list is the Vatnajokull National Park, which is one of three parks in Iceland, well known for its glaciers, valleys, volcanoes and waterfalls. The park is home to the Vatnajokull glacier, after which the park has been named, which has a reputation for being the second biggest glacier outside of the Arctic.
Jiuzhaigou National Park
China is not best known for its national parks but the Jiuzhaigou National Park is a treasure. This park is found in the Jiuzhai Valley, in the Central part of China. The name translates to the Valley of Nine Villages, as 9 Tibetan villages can be found within the park.
When visiting here, two of the biggest attractions include giant pandas and Sichuan Golden Snub-Nosed Monkeys. There are also incredible landscapes of karst mountains, a large lake, called the Five Colour Pool, which is known for its coloured waters.
Kruger National Park
A conservation effort that is more than 100 years old, the Kruger National Park needs no introduction. This massive natural habitat is well known for being home to a large and diverse wildlife population, and its greatest attraction is the Big 5. A stay in the Kruger, or one of the surrounding game parks or lodges, is a great way to enjoy a more rustic and laid back kind of safari holiday.
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Torres del Paine National Park
In South America, those travelling to Chile are in for a real treat if they choose to visit the Torres del Paine National Park. Surrounded by towering mountains covered in snow, turquoise lakes and even glaciers, tourists are literally surrounded by photogenic scenes. This park is well known for its hiking trails, which are suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced hikers. Some hiking trails will take guests all the way up to the Grey Glacier which is a truly beautiful sight.
Goreme National Park
Situated in Turkey, this park has become famous for photos of hot air balloon rides. Most of the park is covered with bizarre rock formations which are the result of thousands of years of erosion. The park is a great place to explore while it is also the perfect place to take loads of photos, as every inch of the landscape offers something new to see.