National parks are wholly an American invention, but it is one thing that started there but has gone on to spread around the globe. More than 130 countries now have taken action to protect certain areas within their borders to ensure that the natural resources there are protected for future generations to come.
Here I have compiled some of the most beautiful national parks of the world. As they are so many I may have missed out some. So feel free to comment.
Snowdonia National Park, Wales, Great Britain
Snowdonia is a lovely mountain park, with Mount Snowdon, which is comprised of slate, rising to 3560 feet. It is spectacular in its own right, due in part to its peaceful nature.
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
You sure have heard of this one – the Grand Canyon is one of the major wonders of the world, and no matter how ‘touristy’ it may seem to want to go there, one glimpse of the sheer size of this gorge will blow you away.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
This is perhaps the most impressive wildlife viewing area in the world. Millions of acres of habitat and little development give visitors an opportunity to see many large African mammals and magnificent birds.
Deosai National Park
The Deosai National Park is located in the Skardu, Pakistan. The Park is located on the Deosai Plains that are among the highest plateaus in the world. Deosai is well known for its spring season when it is covered by a carpet of millions of flowers and a wide variety of butterflies.
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
This World Heritage Site is jointly managed by the Aborigines and the Australian government. It has magnificent vistas, great waterfalls, stunning displays of Aboriginal rock art, and is habitat to an awesome predator, the saltwater crocodile.
Iguazu National Park Argentina
This park protects one of the most spectacular natural landscapes in Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls and the surrounding subtropical forest. A thrilling experience is the short boat ride and walk along the catwalks to the most striking of the hundreds of falls.
Sagarmantha National Park, Nepal
The park includes Mount Everest, among other prominent mountains. It has distinctive wildlife and small picturesque Sherpa villages with their monasteries.
Madain Saley National Historic Park, Saudi Arabia
This region, the Biblical Midian, is mostly undulating desert, interspersed with huge rocky outcrops and lush oases. Here, between 500 B.C. and 100 A.D., the Nabatean people created 125 monumental cut-rock tombs and facades that are standing today in a remarkable state of preservation.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in inland Croatia. In moderately mountainous terrain, the park features small lakes and streams and beautiful waterfalls everywhere. Because of the geology of the area, travertine is evident in most of the water features, giving them distinctive blue-green colors and exceptionally clear water.
Hortobagy National Park, Hungary
It was the Hungary’s first national park. It has several endangered bird species and is a refuge for the Przewalski horse and migratory waterfowl.
Author Ahsan Mukhtar