By Jocelyn Brown
The 7,000 national parks across 100 countries all around the globe, offer travelers the chance to experience the world’s natural beauty first hand. National parks are conservation areas used to help protect and preserve areas of natural land. The land is often semi natural or all natural. But there is some developed land which can call itself a national park, just as long as a country or state declares it as being its own property. Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but there is no doubt that these parks offer the best in magnificent landscapes, environmental wonders and fascinating plants and wildlife. Here are just a few examples of breath-taking national parks to visit when you are next on your travels:
Sagarmatha National Park
Built in 1976 and home to Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world, Sagarmatha National Park in eastern Nepal is an immense place to visit. It may take the bravest of people to consider climbing the Himalayas, but those who feel less ambitious can still wonder at the magnificent landscape from the bottom. This secluded area has been recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Masoala National Park
Just one of the many breath-taking national parks in Africa, Masoala National Park in Madagasgar is a popular spot for scuba diving and kayaking with its stunning coastal views. It’s also home to a variety of wildlife including lemurs and is acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park was built in 1885 and is a World Heritage Site. The park was one of the first National Parks in Canada and includes 6,641 square kilometers of stunning mountain landscape sitting right in the heart of the wonderful Canadian Rockies. The millions of visitors who come to Banff each year, marvel at the incredible bright green waters of Lake Louise and walk through the overflowing heavens at Sunshine Meadows.
Yellowstone National Park
The famous Yellowstone National Park is located in the American states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. It was originally established by the U.S. Congress in 1872. Yellowstone was not just the first national park in America, but it’s believed to be the first national park in the world. This national park is popular to visit for its array of wildlife. Also, visitors come to explore its mountains, forests, and lakes to watching beautiful wildlife and witness the drama of the natural world unfold.
Kakadu National Park
This magnificent national park in Australia can be found inside the Alligator Rivers area of the Northern land. The largest park in Australia stretches across nearly 20,000 square kilometers and is home to variety of rare animals and plant life. It has over one third of the country’s bird species here and one quarter of its freshwater fish. The astonishing natural beauty and ancient cultural heritage was officially recognized in 1981 and became a World Heritage Site.
Corcovado National Park
This 164-square mile national park is Costa Rica’s largest. Within its boundaries are some of the most varied ecosystems in the world, such as a prairie and mangrove swamp, montane and cloud forest. It’s huge variety of wildlife is spectacular and includes four species of the Costa Rican monkey, along with sloths, crocodiles, anteaters, poison dart frogs and numerous colorful birds. Not forgetting jaguars and harpy eagles. From here you can also do some scuba diving and snorkeling, and discover dolphins, sea turtles, rays, humpback whales and even sharks.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your passport and pack your bag and discover these wonders of the world.