The world has so many beautiful and unique places to explore that we’re always trying to find the time and resources to visit them all. Luxury resorts and sprawling cities can be alluring, but to really get out and experience the majestic natural offerings of the planet that we call home, the national parks and protected sites around the world are simply in a league of their own.
Visiting national parks come with a lot of perks besides being in nature, too. For instance, they are an affordable way to take a much-needed vacation. Also, they provide a great opportunity to learn new things, be a part of conservation efforts, and get some exercise through hiking or biking through the trails.
The most insanely beautiful National Parks you’ll put on your world travel bucket list:
We’ve selected a few of the best national parks in the world not only for the rare species of flora and fauna you can see there but for their versatility. Within these three parks you can choose to camp out under the stars or explore the surroundings in style and comfort. The next time nature is calling you, plan a visit to one of these national parks. They will take your breath away.
- Galápagos National Park
- Far off the coast of Ecuador is a series of islands that make up the Galápagos Archipelago and are home to some of the most lush and diverse plant and animal life in the world. In fact, the wildlife is so diverse and plentiful it actually inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. The picturesque tropical paradise is home to everything from sharks and seals to giant tortoises and so much more. The rocky beaches and tropical forests are quite unlike anything else on Earth and must be seen to be believed.
- The landscape at Galápagos National Park is a living tapestry that is constantly evolving. While sailing around the islands offers some stunning views, you’ll want to walk the paths with the park guides and get into the water off the divine beaches for an unforgettable experience snorkeling or diving. There are some stringent rules when visiting, but they are there to ensure this UNESCO World Heritage Site is available for generations to come.
- Fjordland National Park
- It’s probably clear by now to regular readers, but we’re definitely fans of New Zealand’s spectacular natural beauty. The Fjordland National park is one of the most amazing areas to explore via ship and is littered with waterfalls, pristine waters, varied wildlife, and some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet.
- The entire area exists in a contrast of mountainous peaks, sprawling valleys, and waterways and is one natural wonder that deserves a place on every nature lover’s bucket list. Hiking, bungee-jumping, kayaking, and so many more activities await any adventurer brave enough to explore the park.
- Komodo National Park
- Who hasn’t dreamed of exploring “The Islands of the Dragons”? The diverse geography and wildlife make for an amazing destination that is on par with the Galápagos. Located in Indonesia within the Lesser Sunda Islands, the national park features some of the most splendid waters and diverse aquatic life in the world. Considered by many to be the best diving location that exists, people travel from all parts of the world to catch a glipse of manta rays, palagic fish, reef sharks, sea turtles, nearly 300 types of coral, and 70 species of colorful sponges.
- The gorgeous landscapes are equally breathtaking, and of course, there’s the park’s namesake draw, the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon. The national park was actually founded in 1980 to protect these creatures from becoming endangered. Of all of Indonesia’s spectacular offerings, this is our favorite because it is the only place you can find a “dragon” outside of the zoo.