The world is full of a diverse range of breathtaking landscapes, spectacular wildlife, and incredible wonders that will blow your mind. Thankfully, many of these amazing places have been protected for current and future generations to enjoy by being designated as National Parks. Each year, new parklands are protected for travelers to enjoy, so the list of wonderful places to visit is only growing. If you are anything like me, then you probably want to visit as many of these beautiful parklands as you can. Well, you are in luck because I have put together a list of the 100 best national parks in the world for travelers to visit.
In this installment of my list of the 100 Best National Parks in the World for Travelers to Visit, I continue covering some of the world’s most incredible parklands. To give you a sense of how diverse the parks that I have ranked in the 61-80 segment of my list, you will find parks from six different continents in this installment. This includes everything from Africa’s most mysterious and incredible mountain range to one of the lowest and hottest places on Earth. One thing that all of these parks have in common is their breathtaking beauty and the sheer joy and wonder you will experience when you visit them.
|The 100 Best National Parks in the World – Part 1 (81-100)|
|The 100 Best National Parks in the World – Part 2 (61-80)|
|The 100 Best National Parks in the World – Part 3 (41-60)|
|The 100 Best National Parks in the World – Part 4 (21-40)|
|The 100 Best National Parks in the World – Part 5 (1-20)|
80. Abisko National Park, Sweden
There is something incredibly beautiful about arctic landscapes that set them apart from all other landscapes on Earth. Between their flowering alpine meadows to the wonder of the midnight sunshine, they are unlike any other landscape you will find. One of the most beautiful arctic national parks in the world is undoubtedly the Abisko National Park in Sweden. In addition to having Scandanavia’s largest lake, the park is also one of the best places in the world to view the breathtaking Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. These beautiful lights dance across the sky in the evening each autumn into winter and are typically only seen clearly near the poles. If you are up for the colder temperatures, visiting Abisko National Park in the late autumn and early winter is a beautiful time to see the lights. It is also a great time to snowshoe or cross-country ski in this incredible park, as there are many trails for visitors to enjoy.
79. Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
One area of the world that is mistakenly overlooked when searching for incredible national park travel experiences in Central America. While beautiful sand beaches are definitely an attraction for travelers in most Central American countries, this region of the world has so much more to offer if you look. One of my favorite national parks in Central America is undoubtedly the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. Even though it is the country’s smallest national park, the park has rich biodiversity for visitors to enjoy. This includes both species of sloths, toucans, iguanas, and many monkey species including the popular squirrel monkeys. When you have finished exploring the wildlife in the park’s forests, you can go snorkeling or scuba diving in the park’s incredible coral reef. These are just some of the reasons why the park is included on my list of the top national parks in the world for travelers to visit.
78. Sarek National Park, Sweden
I am guessing that when you think of the beautiful country of Sweden, your first thoughts are probably not of picturesque mountains. However, if you think Sweden is without beautiful alpine landscapes, you would be sorely mistaken. Some of the most breathtaking of the country’s mountains lie within the incredible Sarek National Park in the northern part of the country. There are thirteen mountains over 6,600-feet (2,000-meters) in Sweden, and six of these mountains are located within the park. Being as mountainous as it is, Sarek National Park is one of the most glacier populated areas in Sweden. There are over 100 glaciers inside the park, with the largest covering an area of approximately 4.2 square miles (11 square kilometers). If you love to hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski, there are plenty of wonderful trails within the park for you to explore. For the alpinists out there, the vistas from the peaks of any of the park’s summits are otherworldly. No matter what type of adventure you seek, the beautiful Sarek National Park certainly won’t disappoint.
77. Mount Revelstoke National Park, Canada
Even though it may not get the attention from travelers that some of Western Canada’s larger parks like Banff, Glacier, and Yoho National Park get, the stunning Mount Revelstoke National Park in British Columbia, Canada is every bit as beautiful. The park is located adjacent to the small town of Revelstoke in the Selkirk Mountains. In addition to being known for its breathtaking mountain vistas, the park is also one of the few inland temperate rainforests in North America. There are numerous hiking trails thru the park’s lush rainforest for visitors to enjoy during the summer months and lots of riveting downhill skiing for visitors to enjoy during the winter months. If you aren’t up for that much adventure, the park is also known for its incredible lookout on top of Mount Revelstoke that can be accessed just a short walk from a car park. Whether you hike or drive up the mountain to see the views, I am certain that Mount Revelstoke National Park’s beauty will leave you speechless.
76. Jostedalsbreen National Park, Norway
There are a number of breathtakingly beautiful national parks on the continent of Europe, but I think you will be hard pressed to find one that is more beautiful than the Jostedalsbreen National Park in Norway. World renowned for its and unforgettably beautiful vistas, the park is one of the largest wilderness areas in southern Norway. In addition to the gigantic Jostedalsbreen glacier, which covers over half the park and is the largest glacier in mainland Europe, the park is also known for its lush green valleys that are painted by beautiful wildflowers in the Spring months. With miles upon miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails, the park is a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. For travelers who are looking to get away from the busy city life and find a bit of peace and quiet in the beauty of nature, you certainly can’t go wrong with Jostedalsbreen National Park.
75. Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Indonesia
While many of the incredible national parks on my list of the top 100 national parks in the world are known for their beauty, the amazing Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is known for being unique, and some would say desolate, kind of beauty. The park covers nearly 800 square kilometers of East Java and includes barren volcanic peaks, gravel plains, lush green valleys, and forests that are fed by rivers that originate in the island mountains. The contrast between the different landscapes that you will find in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is extraordinary. Between Mount Bromo, which is an active volcano, to the Tengger sand sea, which is a great place to go hiking or horseback riding, you will never tire of seeing the same thing too much while visiting the park. However, no visitor should leave Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park without catching a sunrise over the beautiful alpine lake named Ranu Kumbolo. Seriously, it will be one of the most breathtaking sunrises that you will ever see.
74. Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
There are some absolutely stunning areas for travelers to explore in Eastern Europe. One of my favorite spots is the incredible Durmitor National Park, which is a beautiful limestone massif located in the Dinaric Alps of Northern Montenegro. The amazing landscape in the park was formed by glaciers and is traversed by beautiful rivers and underground streams. In addition to its beauty, the Durmitor National Park is also home to an impressive amount of biological diversity. The old-growth European Black Pine forests are home to such animals as brown bears, grey wolves, and even the elusive European wild cat. However, the park is most well-known for its spectacular canyons. This includes the amazing Draga, Sušica, Komarnica, and Tara Rivers, which has the distinction of being Europe’s deepest gorge. So, whether you plan on visiting to go hiking climbing, mountaineering, or kayaking on one of the park’s many beautiful lakes, there certainly isn’t a shortage of things for travelers to enjoy at Durmitor National Park.
73. Death Valley National Park, United States
The giant Sequoia and Redwood trees, incredible mountain vistas, and cascading waterfalls of the national parks in the coastal mountains of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain range get most of the glory when it comes to the national parks in the state of California. However, one of the state’s most beautiful and incredible national parks couldn’t be more different. Located in the Mojave Desert of California, the Death Valley National Park is famous for its extreme temperatures and rugged beauty. But don’t let its hot temperatures and desolate beauty fool you, there are many incredible things to see and do in Death Valley. Visitors can hike amongst the park’s incredible dunes, view some of the prettiest painted pink, purple, and blue mountains you will find in this world on the “Artist Palette” drive and view the incredible wildflower blossoms that fill the landscape for a few weeks each year. Death Valley National Park is unlike any other park you will find in North America, which is why it is such an incredible park to visit.
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72. Tsavo East National Park, Kenya
When creating a list of the top national parks in the world, it would be derelict to not include some of the incredible parks on the continent of Africa. In addition to having some of the most incredible landscapes, these parks also boast some of the most incredible wildlife that you will find in the world. One such African national park that is renowned for its amazing wildlife is the Tsavo East National Park. Situated on the Yatta Plateau, near the Galana River, the park gives visitors a chance to see some of Africa’s most prolific wildlife species. This includes lions, rhinos, buffalo, leopards, plenty of hippos and crocodiles, and the famous dust-red elephants. If you have never been on safari in Africa, then you are missing an experience of a lifetime. If you would like to plan your first African safari, the incredible Tsavo East National Park is a great option.
71. Huascarán National Park, Peru
The continent of South America is well known for its breathtaking beaches and coastlines, picturesque snow-capped mountains, and incredible cultures. What some travelers may not realize is that the continent is also home to some of the most amazing national parks in the world. One of these incredible national parks in the Huascaran National Park in Peru. Located in the Cordillera Blanca tropical mountains of western Peru, the park is dominated by the towering Mount Huascaran. Seeing its stunning snow-capped peak up close is worth a visit in and of itself. However, the park has much more than just mountains to offer its visitors. The park is also home to hundreds of beautiful glaciers and a countless number of brilliantly beautiful blue Llanganuco lagoons. I f you love alpine hiking, the Huascaran National Park will certainly not disappoint as there are several high-altitude trails that visitors can enjoy. And for those who love wildlife, the park is also home to incredible local species such as pumas, Andean condors, and spectacled bears that can be seen throughout the park. So, when you start planning your next big national park trip, don’t forget about the amazing parks in South America like Huascaran National Park in Peru.
70. Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, there are several incredible parks for you to visit on my list of the top national parks in the world. While many of these parks are located in Africa, there is an equal number of incredible wildlife parks located on the continent of Asia as well. However, one park stands above all other Asian wildlife parks when it comes to seeing primates in the wild. That’s because the incredible Tanjung Puting National Park in Indonesia is one of the best places to see orangutans in the wild. In fact, the park is home to the Orangutan Research and Conservation Program, which is based at Camp Leakey. Tanjung Puting National Park sits on a peninsula that juts out into the Java Sea and its swamp forests have some of the highest biodiversity in the world. In addition to the park’s incredible orangutans, other animals such as Clouded leopards, civets, and Malaysian sun bears make the park their home as well. So, before you book that next big wildlife adventure, make sure you aren’t overlooking some of Asia’s incredible wildlife parks like the amazing Tanjung Puting National Park in Indonesia.
69. Rila National Park, Bulgaria
I have already covered some incredible national parklands in my list of the top national parks in the world so far, and the beautiful Rila National Park in Bulgaria is certainly another. Located in the southwest portion of the country, the park is the largest of Bulgaria’s three national parks. With a total size of over 81,000 hectares, it is also one of the largest national parklands in Europe. The name “Rila” is loosely translated to mean “well-irrigated mountains”, which makes sense because the park is home to over 120 alpine lakes and a wealth of beautiful rivers. In fact, one of the most popular hikes in the park is called the “Seven Rila Lakes Hike”, which takes you up into the mountains to see some of the park’s most stunning lakes. If you aren’t up for a steep hike, there are also plenty of easier trails in the park for more novice hikers to enjoy. No matter what, you are certain to remember your time visiting the breathtaking Rila National Park in Bulgaria.
68. Þingvellir National Park, Iceland
If you follow my blog closely, then you probably know how much I enjoy taking road trips thru some of the most incredible national parks in the world. I have driven thru national park lands on continents during my travel and I have cherished every minute of those trips. If you are looking for a spectacular national park road trip for your next big adventure, I would strongly recommend you consider the incredible Þingvellir National Park in Iceland. Located along what is famously become known as the Golden Circle, the park is one of Iceland’s most treasured park lands. In addition to being the home of the iconic Gullfoss waterfall, it is also renowned for its Geysir Geothermal Area. In addition to the many wonderful geysers that you can enjoy viewing, there are a number of amazing natural hot pools that you can soak in. There is nothing more magical than soaking in a natural hot spring while watching the brilliant aurora borealis (or Northern Lights) dance across the sky. And if you are up for a little adventure, the park has a number of incredible hiking paths that you can enjoy as well. For the outdoor enthusiasts who want to road trip thru some of the world’s most incredible landscapes, the Þingvellir National Park in Iceland should definitely be on your bucket list.
67. Seoraksan National Park, South Korea
The continent of Asia has some absolutely spectacular mountain terrain and some of the continent’s most incredible national parklands are located in the mountainous regions of the continent. While the parks located in the big peaks of the Himalayan Mountains may get most of the glory, there are several incredible mountain parks located elsewhere in Asia as well. One of the prettiest of these parks is the stunning Seoraksan National Park in South Korea. The park stretches across several areas of South Korea, including Sokcho, Goseong, Inje, and Yangyang in Gangwon-do, and is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Seoraksan National Park is renowned for its incredible views of the 30 plus large peaks of the Seoraksan Mountains, including the beautiful Daecheongbong Peak which sits at 5,603-feet (1,708-meters).
However, viewing the mountain vistas isn’t the only draw to visiting the park. The park also showcases several other incredible landmarks, including the amazing Biryongpokpo Falls, Heundeulbawi Rock, and Geumganggul Cave. If you want to get a bird’s eye view of the park without having to do a steep climb, here is a cable car near Seoraksan Small Park that will take you to a viewpoint with stunning views of the mountains. No matter how you visit the park, I am positive that a visit to Seoraksan National Park in South Korea is a trip you will remember for a lifetime.
66. Glacier National Park, United States
To say the United States has a wealth of beautiful national parklands would be a dramatic understatement. I know that as an American I am biased, but I have traveled quite a bit around this world, and I can say with some confidence that the United States has done a fantastic job of protecting some of its most beautiful landscapes for future generations to enjoy. One of these breathtaking landscapes is the incredible Glacier National Park in the state of Montana. The park is located on the Canadian border and Canada has further protected the lands inside its territory as well, which makes this park similar to what you see with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya.
Two countries identify how special a piece of land shared between them is and together protect that land for future generations. While you may not find lions and elephants roaming Glacier National Park, you will find an exceptional wealth of wildlife that includes grizzly bears, black bears, timber wolves, mountain lions, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, and an array of other animal species. However, one of the biggest draws for visitors who come to see the park are the many alpine glaciers that the park is renowned for. You don’t even need to hike to see this extraordinary landscape as the famed “Going to the Sun Road” takes visitors high into the mountains to soak in the incredible views. So next time you visit the United States, don’t overlook the amazing Glacier National Park in Montana when putting together your itinerary.
65. Tatra National Park, Poland
I have already covered a number of the top national parks to visit on the continent of Europe in my list of the world’s top national parks, but no list would be complete without the beautiful Tatra National Park in Southern Poland. Not only is it the largest national park in Poland, but it is also one of the country’s most beautiful. The park sits on Poland’s border with Slovakia and the protected area includes its sister national park in that country named Tatra National Park Slovakia. The park encompasses large parts of the incredible High Tatras and the Western Tatras, which are some of the most mountainous regions in Poland. These mountains are characterized by beautiful, jagged peaks, much like the Matterhorn in Switzerland and the Grand Teton in the United States.
The park includes many incredible hiking tracks that traverse these incredible mountains for travelers who are up for the adventure. The area is also renowned for its beautiful alpine lakes. The largest of these lakes is the beautiful Morskie Oko, which has a surface area of over 3,756,604 square feet. These lakes are perfect for kayaking and swimming in the warmer months of the year. If you’re lucky, you will get to spot some of the park’s amazing wildlife during your visit as well. The animals that call the park their home include, among others, brown bears, gray wolves, Eurasian lynx, and the European otter. So, the next time you plan on visiting Eastern Europe, make sure you don’t forget to check out the incredible Tatra National Park in Poland.
64. Whitsunday Islands National Park, Australia
There are many incredible snorkeling and diving destinations in the world, many of which I have visited. Without a doubt, one of the top diving destinations in the world has got to be off the shores of Queensland, Australia. If you aren’t familiar with Queensland, it is a northeastern state of Australia that boasts more than 4,300-miles (7,000-kilometers) of incredible coastline. Off of this stretch of beautiful coastline sits the iconic Great Barrier Reef, which is widely regarded as one of the top snorkeling and diving destinations in the entire world. For travelers visiting Queensland, you will also find the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands National Park, which is renowned for its pure-white silica sand, crystal blue waters, secluded reefs and beaches, and diverse marine wildlife.
Visitors can snorkel with a variety of incredible marine species, including manta rays, fish, and turtles. For those who visit between May and September, you will also be treated to the acrobatic displays of the amazing humpback whales that visit the islands every year. While most visitors to the incredible Whitsunday Islands National Park come for snorkeling and scuba diving, the park is also great for just sitting on the beach and enjoying the breathtaking views. Regardless of what brings you to the park, Whitsunday Islands National Park in Queensland, Australia is certainly a destination that should be on every national park enthusiast’s bucket list.
63. Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
When you think of beautiful mountain parks, your first thought probably isn’t of the national parks on the continent of Africa. However, if you are completely dismissing Africa of having any beautiful mountain scenery, then you are sadly mistaken. In fact, I think some of the most underrated mountain landscapes in the entire world exist on the continent of Africa. One of these incredible national parks with beautiful mountain vistas is the Simien Mountains National Park in Northern Ethiopia. Renowned for its breathtaking viewpoints and unique and incredible wildlife, the Simien Mountains are a mountain destination unlike any other you will visit in the world.
The park is characterized by gentle highland ridges that reach above 11,800-feet (or 3,600-meters) in elevation and are covered with long grasses and are home to the amazing giant Lobelia and other beautiful flowering plants. However, the main attraction of the park has to be its steep cliffs and the incredible wildlife that calls the park it’s home. This includes the charismatic Gelada baboon, the Ethiopian wolf, several different species of birds of prey, bushbuck, and many others. So, if you are looking for a unique mountain experience for your next national park visit, I would strongly suggest you consider the incredible Simien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia.
62. Cinque Terre National Park, Italy
While some of the parks on my list of the top national parks in the world to visit are known for their large, sprawling size, the incredible Cinque Terre National Park in Italy is just the opposite. At a size of only 14.9 square miles, it is the smallest national park in Italy and one of the smallest national parks in the world. However, what it lacks in size it most certainly makes up for in beauty. Renowned across the world for its breathtaking cities built on stunning ocean-side bluffs, the park is one of Italy’s top tourist destinations. Unlike some parks that are only known for their natural beauty and wildlife, the Cinque Terre National Park is known for its blend of agricultural, cultural, historical, natural, and scenic significance. If you’d like to check out this park, the most well-known spots to visit are the small, picturesque towns of Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, and Vernazza. Believe me, no trip to Italy is complete without a visit to one of the country’s most spectacular national parks.
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61. Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Even though it can no longer claim to be Tanzania’s largest national park, the beautiful Ruaha National Park still offers its visitors the opportunity to have some of the wildest and most authentic wildlife experiences in Tanzania. The park is famous for its stunning beauty, a large collection of incredible baobab trees, and dramatic landscapes that will take your breath away. If you would like to see African Painted Dogs (the new name for African Wild Dogs), the Ruaha National Park offers you one of the best chances to see these endangered predators in Tanzania. The park is also home to a large population of lions, elephants, and many of Africa’s other top wildlife species. However, what really sets the park apart from other parks in Tanzania is its remoteness and rugged beauty. While going on safari in many parts of Africa, including in parts of Tanzania, can feel very commercialized and inauthentic, you won’t have that feeling in rugged Ruaha National Park. It’s one of the main reasons why this park continues to be so popular and why it is on my list of the top national parks in the world for visitors to see.
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