Utah’s National Parks – where the ground rises before you to majestic peaks of multiple colours; where it bottoms out to vast valleys and canyons below your feet; where it turns watering holes into rapid rivers around the next corner; where the 4am wake-up calls to witness the birth of a new day is worth every second – and all this can be found in just one park.
A lot can be said for a name, whether it’s the title for the latest work of fiction or a Hollywood blockbuster. Sometimes we’re drawn to something by name alone. Like looking through a book store with its endless array of novels and stories, there are bound to be fascinating titles that jump out at you, compelling you to reach for that next great read.
This year marks the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the American Civil War. The confederacy’s push into the north was repelled and the northern victory became the catalyst for one of the greatest presidential addresses of all time – Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
What better way to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit than a visit to one of America’s inspiring national treasures – the beautiful sights that make up the U.S. National Parks System.
The National Park System includes national monuments, battlefield parks and old homesteads and buildings that tell the stories of America’s past. Of course the park system also includes the beautiful natural wonders of the country and in this list we will take a glimpse at several of the places that we have come to love – vast areas of immense beauty that must be seen to comprehend and truly appreciate.
The Natchez Trace Parkway from Mississippi to just short of Nashville, Tennessee is one of the most stunning drives in America. With Spring in full bloom it’s the perfect time of year to explore this 444 mile (714km) parkway. Its path winds all the way from Natchez, Mississippi, through Alabama and into the rolling hills of Tennessee. Nature lovers will enjoy the parkway’s lush forests and flora and what seemed to be hundreds of nature trails, some with beckoning waterfalls.