It’s been sunny lately and it finally starts to feel like spring where I live, although it’s currently raining a little but I don’t mind, I’m going to bed soon and I like listening to the rain on the roof while trying to sleep.
I was going through the pictures of my last trip to America and I don’t know if I ever mentioned it, but my trips to The States are always about The National Parks of America, the whole route is precisely planned to travel from park to park. Yes, there are a few stops in between but mostly, it’s all about the parks, I love the parks.
I’ve been to quite a few parks, deserts, canyons. (If you are interested in which parks etc. I’ve been to, I will list them down below.) Today I decided I’d share some of my highlights and thoughts on the parks that I visited the last time while I was in America.
Badlands National Park really let my inner-child out again. The park is one giant playground. You can drive around, hike around and literally climb every ‘mountain’ you see. Note: Climbing and hiking can be dangerous and you can encounter wild animals in Badlands, such as scorpio’s and poisonous snakes. Also, these ‘mountains’ aren’t anything like a regular mountain. These mountains felt like they were made out of dry clay. Thousands and thousands little layers of thin sand which crumble very easily.
Also, the first picture I inserted is somewhere around ‘golden hour,’ around that time the sky starts to get this pretty pastel color. It was like that almost every night. (I’ve spend 3 nights in Badlans.) Because Badlands is so ‘open’ and wide, without any trees, you can look as far as you possibly can, especially when standing on a higher peak. Which makes the sunset even more beautiful.
A little note: in almost all of the National Parks there are free Ranger Programmes you can join. Most of the time you’ll take a seat somewhere in the park, surrounded by nature and a Park Ranger will tell you all about a specific topic that involves the park. For example, when I was in Badlands I joined a Ranger Program that was all about The Grasslands and the Swift Fox, also we got to see Saturn through a telescope. Pretty cool.
Yellowstone National Park! Once again spend around 3 days here. I think that’s the minimum amount of days you should plan in this park. It’s huge! It has so much history and beauty, you just can’t see it all in a one-day visit. Not that I’ve seen everything in 3 days… which, by the way, gives me an excuse to go back again 😉 I personally loved Yellowstone so much, it has so many rare, unique natural miracles. There are the highlights such as The Old Faithful geyser (which erupts pretty much every 90 minutes.) And The Grand geyser (Mostly erupts once every 7 hours.) They’re both real tourist-magnets but you really don’t want to miss out!
Don’t forget about Mammoth Hotsprings and The Grand Prismatic Spring. Both very rare, natural creations you don’t get to see everyday. These geyser basins and hot springs all have this boiling, smoky cloud above it’s center and smell like sulfur. This can make you dizzy if you stand close to it for a long time so a bandana or a little scarf to help you breathing is recommended.
Once again, Yellowstone is known for it’s vibrant wildlife but try to prevent any encounters with wildlife. Surprise encounters with wild animals such as coyote, bears or bizons are very dangerous. Make sure you know what to do when you run into an animal while hiking and it comes close to you. I’ve seen several bears, coyote en bizons in the park and it’s beautiful, it’s exciting but to be honest, it’s also a little terrifying. Watch the animals from a safe distance (like I did) and make sure you have nothing close to you that may attract the animal. (Like food or noisy things.) The Park Rangers can tell you all about it!
Also, when entering the geyser area make sure you never step off the wooden boardwalk, that’s the only way you can visit these certain areas of the park safely because walking on the actual ground is too dangerous.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Down below you’ll find the list of the parks etc. I’ve visited, if you have any recommendations leave them in a comment so I can look it up! 🙂 As I’ve said before, I love the National Parks, I just feel complete when I’m surrounded by nature, especially when it’s so rare and unique. It’s valuable to feel complete ‘on your own,’ because when the whole world – for some reason – decides to turn it’s back on you, you’ll still never be lonely.
Lot’s of love,
Which parks/monuments/deserts/canyons have I visited?
Yellowstone NP / Yosemite NP / Grand Teton NP / Zion NP / Kings Canyon / Badlands / Bryce Canyon / Sequoia NP / Grand Canyon / Sonora Desert / Saguaro Desert / Arches NP / Smoky Mountains / Joshua Tree NP / Mesa Verde NP / Monument Valley.