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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region. The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). About 90 percent of this area are part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10 percent are part of Karlovac County. Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide. Each year, more than 1,200,000 visitors are recorded. Entrance is subject to variable charges, up to 110 kuna or around $18USD per adult in peak season.

Plitvice lakes are recognized as an astonishing natural monument for the benefit and enjoyment of the people now and for the generations to come. Today, 60 years after its establishment, Plitvice Park continues to provide inspiration for visitors becoming nowadays one of Croatia’s biggest attractions. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the Park during summer. Hiking is a common activity with organized programs for park visitors, other possible activities include: electric boat and train ride, cycling, skiing and rowing. You can easily find a nice hotel nearby this area.
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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, widely held to be the first national park in the world, is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park. It has many types of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is dominant. By driving the grand loop road, visitors can view the park from the comfort of their vehicle and also take a rest at one of the many roadside picnic areas.

It is located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 km²), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years.

Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including several that are either endangered or threatened. The vast forests and grasslands also include unique species of plants. Yellowstone Park is the largest and most famous megafauna location in the Continental United States. Grizzly Bears, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk live in the park. The Yellowstone Park Bison Herd is the oldest and largest public bison herd in the United States. Yellowstone also has numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, boating, fishing and sightseeing.

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Torres del Paine National Park

This breathtaking national park is located in Chile. Torres del Paine National Park is a national park encompassing mountains, a glacier, a lake, and river-rich areas in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes.

The landscape of the park is dominated by the Paine massif, which is an eastern spur of the Andes located on the east side of the Grey Glacier, rising dramatically above the Patagonian steppe. Small valleys separate the spectacular granite spires and mountains of the massif. These are: Valle del Francés, Valle Bader, Valle Ascencio, and Valle del Silencio.The Southern Patagonian Ice Field mantles a great portion of the park. Glaciers include the Dickson, the Grey, and the Tyndall. Among the lakes are the Dickson Lake, Nordenskjöld Lake, Pehoe Lake, Grey Lake, Sarmiento Lake, and Del Toro Lake. Only a portion of the latter is within the borders of the park. All are vividly colored, most due to rock flour suspended in their waters. The main river flowing through the park is Paine River.

It is a very popular hiking destination in Chile. Hikers can opt for a day trip to see the towers, walk the popular “W” route in about five days, or trek the full circle in 8–9 days. Hikers are not allowed to stray from the paths in the national park. Camping is only allowed at specified campsites and wood fires are prohibited throughout the park. Visiting the park is recommended between late December and late February.

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Yosemite National Park

Come, find peace for your soul and enjoy the beauty of nature, become close with it and you will feel the what has been in front of you all your life. National park is a perfect place for stabilization and thinking because the mind is relaxed and your body feels the fresh nature air which fills your lungs and brain with oxygen. Go along and have fun with your closest.

Yosemite National Park is a United States National Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of California, United States. The park covers an area of 761,268 acres (3,080.74 km²) and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year, most spend their time in the seven square miles of Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, and the park supports a diversity of plants and animals. Of California’s 7,000 plant species, about 50% occur in the Sierra Nevada and more than 20% within Yosemite. There is suitable habitat or documentation for more than 160 rare plants in the park, with rare local geologic formations and unique soils characterizing the restricted ranges many of these plants occupy.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Most of us are fascinated by volcanoes because of their powerful look and that is when we start to think how nature is beyond the humanity, how life is not all about me, me and me. Fire up your life and visit this uniqueness. Have fun while exploring the beauty of nature.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is easily visited by car in just a few hours or may be explored in more depth over several days. Many of these volcanoes formed islands that have subsided and eroded beneath sea level, and some of the old volcanoes probably never reached sea level. The park encompasses five volcanoes of which are two active: Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive volcano. Also it gives scientists insight into the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and ongoing studies into the processes of vulcanism. For visitors, the park offers dramatic volcanic landscapes as well as glimpses of rare flora and fauna.

If you are ever visiting Hawaii this is probably a place worth going, and if you are not interesting, then just have fun on the precious islands. See some cool images below.
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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon is the perfect place for people that love hiking, because it offers many stunning landscapes, and shows you the beauty of nature, and because of that it is also known as a big inspiration for artists. The Grand Canyon is an enormous national park located in Arizona. It is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 metres). There are many hospitable hotels that will gladly welcome you. Although the South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and is open all year, there’s a big attraction located at the West Rim, on the Hualapai Nation, called Skywalk, which is a half round bridge made of glass which reaches the height of 4000ft. You can have a great time on the skywalk watching traditional performances by Hualapai tribe members, taking a one-day white water rafting tour, landing in a helicopter at the bottom of the Grand Canyon or staying overnight in one of the cabins at the Hualapai Ranch. If you are hiking across the canyon, the South Kaibab Trail crosses the Colorado River on a narrow foot bridge 70 feet (21 meters) above the water. It is a 21 mile (34 km) hike to go from “Rim To Rim,” which is followed by a 1 mile (1.6 km) climb. That makes it an overnight hiking trip for most of the hikers. Colorado River is carved in the Grand Canyon and gives it its characteristic shape. It is believed that Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago and ever Since then, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to its present day configuration.
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