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Top 5 USA National Parks to Visit - Black Girls Hike

Updated: May 12, 2023

Hello there fam! We’ve taken a poll on our social media pages to see what some of your favorite USA National Parks are. America’s national parks are home to global treasures perfect for hiking, camping, sightseeing, and learning about cultures and American history. Many of these parks are on the BGH’s Bucket List for 2022 so be on the lookout for future hiking dates.

1. Rocky Mountain National Park – Bucket List Hike

Entrance Fee: 7-day pass per vehicle/person $35/20

Area 415 sq miles

The Rocky Mountains are surrounded by some of the most pristine wild area in the west. Wonders of the natural world are the main attraction here: huge herds of elk and scattered bighorn sheep, pine-dotted granite slopes and blindingly white alpine tundra. The Rocky Mountain National Park also have amazing campground site inside and outside of the park.

2. Shenandoah National Park

Entrance Fee: 7-day pass per car/motorcycle/person on foot or bicycle $30/25/15

Area: 310 sq miles

105-mile-long road running down the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains and certainly redefines “the scenic route”

Recommended Trail: Rose River Trail to Story of the Forest Trail Loop 6.4; Moderate hike

Story of the Forest Trail Loop is a 6.4 moderate trail located in Shenandoah National Park filled with epic scenery and gorgeous waterfalls that is great for people of all hiking experience levels. Please plan to be early!

3. Great Smoky Mountains – Bucket List Hike

Entrance Fee: Free

Area: 816 sq miles

Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the North Carolina and Tennessee border and is known as the most visited national park in America. The Park has about 2,115 miles of streams within its borders and more than 10,000 species of plants and animals. Many people visit this park because it is a part of the longest mountain range known as the Appalachian Mountain Chain

Bucket List Trail: Baskins Creek Trail – 5.6 miles out and back hike

4. Grand Canyon

Entrance Fee: 7-day pass per car/motorcycle/person on foot or bicycle $35/30/25

Area: 1904 sq miles

There is nothing like arriving at the edge of the Grand Canyon and taking it all in – the immensity, the depth, the light. The canyon embodies the scale and splendor of the American West, captured in dramatic vistas, dusty trails and stories of exploration, preservation, and exploitation.

5. Death Valley National Park

Entrance Fee: 7-day pass per car/motorcycle/person on foot or bicycle $35/25/15

Area: 5270 sq miles

At first glance, Death Valley looks desolate and bleak, but you learn to appreciate the singing sand dunes, extinct volcanic craters, and stark mountains rising to 11,000ft. Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the USA and gets less rain than the Sahara Desert.



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