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  • Green Destinations: US National Parks

    Let’s face it! When it comes to travelling, there is no accounting for tastes! While for some travelers the idea of a perfect holiday destination includes a nice hotel, a city tour dotted by important monuments and history-soaked buildings, nature-lovers want to go hiking and seek for green destinations like car-free islands (such as Dry Tortugas National Park) or spend their time in a cottage hidden at the foot of a snow-covered mountain. The National Parks on the American territory are included on the list of green destinations as well, being visited not only by the nature-going aficionados, but by everyone longing to breathe fresh air and gaze at the amazing fauna and flora. In a period when everyone seems to struggle against pollution, why not choosing an eco-friendly destination? Provided you decided to go green, here’s a top comprising the National Parks in the USA housing impressive and rare species of plants and animals.

    Glacier National Park, Montana

    If you love hiking, camping, snow-capped mountains and want to bring home tons of beautiful memories, pay a visit to the Glacier National Park. Plus, you’ll find here more than 60 native species among which the grizzly bear, the elk, the bighorn sheep are jaw-dropping. And the best part is that the Park organizes guided daily hikes or backpacking trips ranging from one to seven days. ¬†Briefly, what better way to connect with the nature?

    Olympic National Park, Washington

    This national park is praised for being the home of various and unique species of animals. Due to its three different ecosystems such as mountain chains, rainforests and the Pacific shoreline, in a single visit to this amazing park a lucky tourist can admire deer, cougars, bears, raccoons, mink, dolphins, whales and sea lions. Some other species like the Olympic marmot, the Olympic snow mole and the Olympic torrent salamander live only within the borders of this green paradise. Venture inside the park and go for a guided tour in order to spot its inhabitants.

    Isle Royale National Park

    Located in the northwest side of the Lake Superior, this isolated park can be reached only by boat or floatplane. The tourists that arrive here can see more than 14 species of mammals and colorful plants. Nature-lovers can get a sight of the park’s beautiful wild species by renting a canoe, a kayak or joining a guided tour.

    Everglades National Park

    This enormous national park beckons the tourists with a singular subtropical ecosystem on the world’s map. It boasts of more than 300 species of birds and 700 species of plants. As a result, it was included on the World Heritage Site list being also declared an International Biosphere Reserve. Therefore, a visit to this park is sure to leave you breathless. The most daring tourists can take a glance at the pools populated by crocodiles and alligators…brrr :) ! In order to magnet the tourists, the park offers a varied range of possibilities for a complete visit: Shark Valley Tram tours, ranger-led programs as well as canoes, kayaks and bikes to rent.

    Yellowstone National Park

    This park features magnificent natural scenery harbouring the Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon. Ranked as America’s first national park, it is crowded with animals belonging to the Rocky Mountain ecosystem. While some of the tourists consider themselves lucky if a bison makes its appearance, some others stop by to look at the bears. If you’re interested in visiting this park you should know that bears can be spotted only between March and November as in the rest of the year they hibernate.

    All in all, a visit to one of these parks not only enriches the pages of your personal encyclopedia, but it’s another proof that nature provides an unrivalled, marvelous spectacle of beauty!

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