There is no shortage of destinations in the United States for people who are looking to explore nature. Boasting of close to 60 national parks covering mountains, wetland, subtropical, desert, and tons of other ecosystems, there is a wide array of wildlife to be enjoyed. Whether you want to see dolphins or jaguars, you can head to one of these locations for a wild trip.
Everglades National Park in Florida
This is the only spot you can see crocodiles and alligators co-existing side-by-side in harmony. To help you differentiate them, an alligator has a broad snout while a crocodile snout is quite narrow.
The perfect spots to spy alligators, especially during winter, are along the Shark Valley and Anhinga Trail. You can see plenty of crocodiles hanging out near Florida Bay in the southern part of the park.
Denali National Park
Denali National Park, which is in the center of Alaska, is a prime spot for viewing bald and golden eagles. On land, the park has moose, brown bears, caribou, and also porcupines.
This national park faces Mount McKinley, a snow-covered mountain, which is the tallest mountain in North America.
Glacier National Park In Montana
This national park boasts of some of the healthiest grizzly bear populations, and thus you can easily see a grizzly bear in the wild.
Grizzlies spend most of their times in the valleys, aspen groves, and lowland meadows during the summer and spring. During the winter, they travel to upcountry to hibernate. They are common on the trails near Garden Wall, and you are advised to keep a safe distance when you spot them on the road.
You can also see mountain lions, white-tailed deer, lynx, moose, and mountain goats roaming across this extensive park. In fact, the mountain goat, an enormous animal with a beard and horns, is the most common animal in this park.
Yellowstone National Park
This is the first national park in the US and the world. Established in 1872, Yellowstone covers parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
Though the Grad Prismatic and Old Faithful Spring are the most popular attractions here, the area is known to have abundant wildlife; from elks and lynx to wolves, bison, and bears.
Olympic National Park
Located in the northwest region of Washington, Olympic National Park has a wide range of ecosystems, including temperate rainforests, sandy beaches along the Pacific coast, and glacier-topped mountains.
You can see Roosevelt Elk grazing in the lowland rainforest. This national park is home to some of the biggest herds of Roosevelt Elk found in the Pacific Northwest.
The best spot to see elk is in the Hoh Rain Forest on the western side of the park, where you will see multiple herds. You can see seals, sea lions, and otters, near the shore. Migrating gray whales are also a delight to watch in the spring.
Big Bend National Park In Texas
Here, the mountain lion is the king of this desert park. Also known as panther, cougar, or puma, the solitary mountain lion roaming in this park is quite different from its African counterpart as it lacks a loud roar and a furry mane. However, it is a top predator that feasts on javelina, deer, and other herbivores. You can view it anywhere in this park including the Chisos Mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert.
Yosemite National Park
Renowned for its stunning waterfalls, granite hills, and sequoia forests, this park is home to wild animals such as cougars, bobcats, bats, bighorn sheep, and owls. There is diverse fauna to observe.
Wind Cave National Park
This national park is home to 5th longest cave in the world, with a distance of more than 136 miles underground passages. There is a rich prairie ecosystem where a rare pronghorn, also known as pronghorn antelope, resides. The pronghorn is the fastest mammal on land in North America. It can clock speeds of up to 60mph.
You can view them all over the park, but the best spot is in the Elk Mountain campground.
Rocky Mountain National Park
This famous rocky mountain national park offers great hiking opportunities and incredible views. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from mountain lions and bison to rattlesnakes and black bears. You can also spot bald eagles hovering above the pines.
Land’s End Park
This is one of the smallest national parks, but you can get to enjoy porpoises, dolphins, and occasional gray on the shoreline that neighbors Golden Gate Bridge.
The United States is home to a dazzling array of beautiful fauna, many of which roam in the above top 10 parks. Head to any of them to enjoy the great scenery and wildlife.