The North American continent is home to some of the best protected national parks and areas in the world. Getting out and enjoying yourself in the wilderness is something that too many people don’t take advantage of enough. The following list covers five great destinations that offer pristine beauty and unspoiled wilderness.
Situated in central New York, the Catskill Mountains are some of the most popular getaway destinations for residents of the state and other parts of the northeast. More than 700,000 acres of mountainous forests offer plenty of recreational opportunities for outdoor lovers. The beauty of the Catskills has inspired the 19th century Hudson River school of landscape painting, a major artistic movement in the United States.
Yellowstone National Park
As the first national park of North America, Yellowstone attracts millions of annual visitors that want to absorb the natural beauty of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. More than 2.2 million acres of Yellowstone National Park are preserved for the enjoyment of local wildlife and visitors. Grizzly bears, wolves and American Bison freely roam the beautiful landscape of this national treasure. Additionally, Yellowstone National Park boasts dozens of geysers that are true geothermal wonders.
Yosemite National Park
Covering nearly three quarters of a million acres in California, Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited natural landscapes of North America. Cascading waterfalls, giant Sequoia trees and steep granite cliffs are some of the natural highlights of this national park. Low valleys contrast well with the forest covered cliffs and mountains of Yosemite.
Situated at the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smokey Mountains invite visitors to absorb the spectacular beauty of mountain ranges that are part of the Appalachian range. Charming resort communities such as Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer unforgettable and fun lodging experiences for the entire family in the heart of wilderness. The American Black Bear has become an unofficial symbol of the Smokey Mountains. More than 1,500 of these bears are believed to occupy this protected mountain range.
Fishing is one of the last great bastions of true outdoorsman adventures. Finding good, unspoiled territory to fish in is getting harder and harder, but fishing in Northern Canada almost guarantees you some solitude and alone time in the wilderness. The best part about trips like these? Well, it’s easily getting to visit small towns and enjoy the local culture. Small motels, like the Ambassador Motor Inn, or small restaurants, like the Blue Iguana, are great pit stops for the wandering fisherman.
From coast to coast, the North American continent offers millions of acres featuring diverse landscapes. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking forests, mountains and valleys in America.