Earth Day – Celebrating national parks around the world

Earth Day – Celebrating national parks around the world

Celebrating Earth Day –  what a better way to enjoy the day than with a tour of some of the most famous national parks from around the world.  Travel bloggers share some of their favorite photos and stories about their visits to these iconic national parks and landmarks around the world.


Enjoy the tour and hopefully you can visit some of these soon!

Earth Day - Celebrating national parks around the world

Canyonlands panorama

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

It is most famous for its 100 mile-lone waterpocket fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth). There is a beautiful scenic drive (approximately 90 minutes round trip) that takes visitors through the park past cliffs, colorful layered rocks (including the famous Chimney Rock), and ancient petroglyphs. I enjoyed this particular park for the beautiful landscape and for the incredible drive through some of America’s most stunning geological formations! 

Toccara Best at My Travel Days-



Joffrie Gorge_Karijini_Western  Australia

Joffrie Gorge Karijini Western Australia


Karijini National Park, Western Australia

Karijini sits about 275km south of Port Headland and 100km east of Tom Price, in Western Australia’s North-West Pilbara region.  Visitors who make the long drive there are rewarded with photography, hiking, climbing and swimming opportunities in a collection of gorges that have been spectacularly eroded into the landscape over two billion years.

Karijini possesses all the characteristics of the iconic Australian outback.  Unsealed and dusty roads, gums trees reaching to the skies, spinifex carpeting the red soil, kangaroos hopping across the landscape, night skies filled with stars or lightning displays, sweltering heat, a crowded population of flies, wide open spaces and deafening silence.  But the real attraction of Karijini is the dramatic and intense landscape of its gorges.

Kellie Netherwood (Destination Unknown)

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Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, in central California, was the first National Park I visited and has remained one of my favorites. This view of the valley, after emerging from the Wawona tunnel, still takes my breath away every

time we visit. Yosemite is beautiful in any season with varied waterfalls,meadows, granite cliffs and Sequoia groves and appropriately declared a United Nations World Heritage site.

Mary Penafiel Solio at



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Rapa Nui National Park

Rapa Nui National Park (Easter Island)

Located on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, one can find the most unique archeological and natural park of South America: The Rapa Nui National Park. With more than 16,000 hectares, this park comprises a majority of the island and is filled with hundreds of Moais statues. Definitely one of the most magical places on the Earth.

Raphael Zoren at


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Serengeti National Park

For as long as I could remember, the Serengeti National Park had been on my travel bucket list. One of the largest and oldest ecosystems on earth, the Serengeti is known for its stunning scenery and diverse wildlife, most notably, the “Big Five.” On my safari, we saw all five which apparently is rare, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t tick them all off on your first trip. It gives you even more of a reason to go back! 
Wild elephants are some of the most beautiful animals on the planet. After seeing them several times in the zoos, I had no idea how much I would love seeing them in their natural environment. They are so slow and peaceful. We even had an entire family of elephants walk right in front of our jeep! It was an experience I will never forget, and I’m glad I was able to capture a small piece of it on camera. 

Phoebe Mroczek at



Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares panorama

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

One of my fondest memories from my travels in South America, is the time I went hiking in Los Glaciares NP near El Chaltén in Argentina. From town, there are numerous trails that bring you to some of the most amazing landscapes you will ever see. One of my favourites was the view from Laguna de Los Tres. I hiked the uphill trail in the dark before sunrise, just so that I could be at the top in time to see the first rays of the sun hitting the magnificent Fitz Roy and the surrounding peaks, one of the most famous natural skylines in the world!


Bianca Bauza at




Yubeng, China

Yubeng sits in Yunnan province in China on the border with Tibet. Though foreigners are not always allowed in Tibet, and certainly not without a tour, Yubeng is a national park that always welcomes visitors from all around the world.  Only reachable on foot or mule through 17 kilometers of mountains, Yubeng is a small town populated with Naxi minority villagers – incredibly warm and friendly individuals who make this sacred Buddhist land their home.  Though chickens, donkeys, pigs, and yaks have complete freedom to roam the narrow dirt roads in and around the town, the feeling of peace all around the area is incredible.  Prayer flags are strung along every hiking trail which snakes through pine forests, running rivers, and through gorgeous mountain peaks. Accessible via Deqin, Yubeng is a place I will not soon forget.

Kristin Addis at




Earth Day - Celebrating national parks around the world

Zion National Park

Zion National Park, Utah

 Zion National Park is gorgeous in the summer or the winter.  Listed as a National Park in 1919, it is known for its spectacular Navajo sandstone canyons and Zion Canyon. The Navajo sandstone cliffs are some of the highest in the world. Hiking, bicycling, backpacking, and scenic drives are some of the park’s recreational activities.  Many of Zion’s towering cliffs and formations are viewable from road pull-offs and are quite breathtaking.  Mule deer and mountain sheep are easily spotted up the cliff sides grazing.  Zion National Park is an experience in grand and glorious landscapes.    

 Nancy Clark  Aperture Of My Soul,




Earth Day - Celebrating national parks around the world

Plitvice National Park – photo – Amanda Kendle

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

When I was living in Bratislava, a friend there recommended the Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia because she’d been there once on a school trip. She didn’t prepare me at all for the beauty I was headed for. It’s a huge lake and waterfall system featuring every shade of turquoise; I spent two days walking the paths there and still want more. Understandably, it was one of the first national parks created in that region and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site remarkably early, back in 1979. I can’t wait to get back there one day.
Amanda Kendle – to Not A Ballerina



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Cristalino Private Reserve (Amazon, Brazil)

Cristalino Private Reserve received a RPPN status in 1997. The park can’t be used for anything else than to preserve nature – ‘until eternity’, as the Brazilian law states. It covers 12,000 hectares and is extremely rich in biodiversity; several species of birds were discovered here. Cristalino State Park and two rivers surround the reserve, minimizing the chance of unwanted intrusion and destruction. Watching the sun rise from the 60-meter-high observation tower simply mind-blowing. To me this image gives hope that nature will win from mankind’s destruction.The tower belongs to the Cristalino Jungle Lodge.
More info about the reserve
Karin-Marijke at
Earth Day celebrations at National parks around the world

Ha Long bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

I saw some photos of Ha Long Bay about two years ago and made a special trip to Vietnam just to see it and it was so worth it!  I went on a three-day 2 night cruise of this lush mountainous area.  I saw many floating fishing villages and explored some beautiful caves.

In 2012, New 7 Wonders Foundation officially named Ha Long Bay as one of New Seven Natural Wonders of the world. Hạ Long Bay is also a member of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World.  This was definitely one of my tope five travel experiences so far!

 Michelle Maria at


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Joshua Tree National Park


Joshua Tree National Park, California

Here is our favourite National Park in California called Joshua Tree National Park.

Ruth Johnston at

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Mount Augustus National Park, Western Australia.

“Mount Augustus National Park probably is most remote park in Australia and I love that remoteness. Not so many tourists know about it though it’s main feature is the biggest rock in the world. It takes 1.5-2 hours to reach top of this rock and you can enjoy view of endless plains from the summit just by yourself.”

Vi at

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The Royal National Park, Sydney Australia

The Royal National Park is situated in the southern outskirts of Sydney, taking up over 15,000 hectares of land. Established in 1879, it is the world’s second oldest National Park after Yellowstone in the US. You will find a variety of habitats within the park including rainforest, heath, woodlands and estuarine systems along with some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife. Popular activities include walking the 26km coastal track for spectacular views, Garie, Wattamolla and Burning Palms beaches which are some of Australia’s most beautiful, shorter walks through the park to see waterfalls and Aboriginal carvings, hire a boat or have a picnic at Audley and camping out under the stars surrounded by nothing but nature.
Jennifer Seligmann at
Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine

If you’re traveling around New England make sure to check out Acadia National Park. Located just off shore of Maine on a few islands, Acadia presents a world full of outdoor activities year round. From hiking to swimming, camping to biking, you can do it all while enjoying nature at its best. One of the best parts of the park are the cliffs that drop straight down into the Atlantic.
Rachel Campbell at
Earth Day - Celebrating national parks around the world

Pu’ukohola Heiau National Park

Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii Island

Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site on the Kohala coast of Hawaii island is a huge heiau (temple) that was built by Kamehameha I, the first king of the Hawaiian islands. The heiau is significant because a vision from a Kahuna (priest) predicted that if Kamehameha built this huge temple to honor the Hawaiian god Ku, then he would be the first king to unite all the Hawaiian islands. The heiau was created by all of his people forming a chain over 17 miles long and handing from one to another huge rounded rocks to build this magnificent heiau that we see today. eventually Kamehameha did conquer all the islands and became the first king in a rule of families to rule all of Hawaii. Regular annual celebrations occur at the site and park to commemorate the first king and all the main practises and traditions of Hawaiians of an earlier timeframe.
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21 Responses to Earth Day – Celebrating national parks around the world

  1. Michelle April 18, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Great post! Thanks for getting all of us together to create this wonderful collection of parks!

  2. Paul (@luxury__travel) April 13, 2014 at 11:58 am #

    What a diverse collection of places. Pity I missed your shout-out for this one, Noel… I live between what are widely considered to be two of the most beautiful National Parks in England – the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Let me know if you ever do a follow-up post along the same lines! 🙂

  3. Heather April 13, 2014 at 4:33 am #

    Our world is such a spectacularly diverse place! I’ve had the pleasure of visiting several of these incredible parks, but not nearly enough. Hope to see them all some day!

  4. April 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

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  5. Chris Boothman April 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    What a great collection of national parks here. I have to admit that my favorite is Yosemite simply because of first hand experience there. I was also planning on submitting a proposal for the Lake District National Park in England but didn’t have time (sorry Noel) so would highly recommend this to anyone traveling to the UK anytime soon. A real beautiful collection here though with very different and unique characteristics to each of them that make them attractive visiting spots for exploration and relaxation.

  6. Kathryn April 11, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    What a fantastic collection of photos and a great idea for a post! I hope I get to see at least one or two of these for myself one day, the waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia in particular.
    I’m a big fan of Kellie’s work and she kindly let me use a couple of her images for my pre-trip post about the Arctic.
    Thanks for introducing me to some more great photographs. I’m looking forward ot checking out some of their blogs.

    • Noel April 12, 2014 at 4:57 am #

      Thanks for connecting Kathryn, glad these places have inspired you to visit. Plitice is one of my favorites that I got to visit last fall and the colors and walks were stunning. Stay tuned for those posts down the road.

  7. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey April 11, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    Glad to see Plitvice made the cut 🙂

  8. anna parker April 11, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    I would love to go to any of these!! The photos are stunning and each has individual attributes. In the UK we are so lucky to have so many national parks and the scenery is always stunning. National parks and the unesco SSI’s are so important and I’m always pleased if where we are visiting has some – even New York has its high line national park now!!

    • Noel April 12, 2014 at 4:55 am #

      Thanks for connecting Anna, I would love to see some of the national parks in the UK, it would be beautiful I’m sure!

  9. Jackie De Burca April 11, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    This is a wonderful way to honour Earth Day! It’s moving to see so many incredibly beautiful places on one page, what a great post. It’s uplifting, but also reminds me of how much there is to see and enjoy …It’s hard to choose favourites, but something always grabs me when I see photos of Rapa Nui National Park. Thanks for putting together so much beauty.

  10. Lee Briggs April 11, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    In 1872, the US established the first National Park in the world, Yellowstone National Park. The idea had been around for a while, and I’m glad that there are now nearly 7,000 national parks worldwide. I have been to several national parks but the only one on this list that I have been to is Yosemite. This list provides some good examples of places to make a point of visiting in the future.

  11. Jempi April 11, 2014 at 12:44 am #

    What an impressive list you’ve got here. All of them look so great and with their specific sights. I’ve been reading this post over and over again and still I can’t pick a favourite. Maybe the Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site in Hawaii because we (me and Nina) would really like to spend some time in Hawaii pretty soon. The pictures are great too, like always!

  12. Kellie Netherwood April 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Great idea for a blog post and thanks for including me in this great collection of images. I’ve just found some inspiration for my next adventure!!

  13. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo April 10, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Oh so many more places to add to the ever growing list of “must sees”! So many beautiful places out there, thanks for putting this list together. (Funny to leave a comment after another “Phoebe”, there aren’t so many of us out there!!

  14. Mary {The World Is A Book} April 10, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    What a great collection, Noel! I haven’t heard of some of these parks and now my travel list just got even longer. Beautiful photos! Thanks for including mine and for all the inspiration.

  15. muzachan April 10, 2014 at 5:26 am #

    Amazing photos 🙂

  16. Dennis Kopp April 10, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    That is a really beautiful collection of national parks Noel! While it’s great to see all the different contributions, it just made me realize that most of these parks I haven’t even visited jet. So thank you some new travel inspirations… 🙂

  17. Irene April 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Seeing all these pictures together is a stark reminder of the precious resources we often take for granted.

  18. Phoebe (Short Road to Happy) April 9, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Great post with so many incredible photos!!! Thanks for including me!


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