Traveling in 2016? We collected 5 beautiful national parks you will want to throw on the bucket list. These parks are all around the world so no matter what region you are traveling through this year, you’ll have a beautiful location in mind to get away from the bustle of the city. Don’t be the last to see these gems!

1. Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand

Khao Sam Roi Yot

In the Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand sits this popular and fascinating park that attracts thousands of tourists each year. Embedded in the mountains, it features huge caves and limestone hills. The park has a spiritual and mystic feel from the sun rays of light through the hole in the chambers above. The park also features lush greenery, sandy beaches and panoramic hiking trail views.

The name Khao Sam Roi Yot means “The mountain with three hundred peaks” and refers to a series of limestone hills along the Gulf of Thailand.

2. Oulanka National Park, Finland

Oulanka National Park

Oulanka National Park is situated in the Northern Ostrobothnia and Lapland regions of Finland. The entire region is a world of wonder in itself, that will take your breathe away! The park is home to stunning natural scenery, foggy forests (or snowy wonderland during winter) and wild creatures. You might even spot a bear on the trail if you’re lucky!

Oulanka will capture your eyes with the rugged riverbanks shaped by the ice, the magnificent views from many of the hanging bridges along the trails and the variety of waterfalls.

3. Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro is a wilderness playground, situated in the north of New Zealand. It is the oldest national park in the country and has been acknowledged by UNESCO as one of the 28 mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Sites. The park boasts incredible views of three mighty mountains – Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Nauruhoe.

From the park you can hike to mount Ruapehu and see New Zealand’s most live active volcano, or if you prefer – take the chairlift for easier access and incredible views. At the top of the mountain is a world famous crater lake.

4. Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand

Doi Inthanon National Park

Situated in the Chiang Mai Province at the height of Thailand’s peak this stunning kingdom is dotted with hiking trails, waterfalls and jungle. The National park sits at 1,850 meters above sea level, making it’s altitude a unique and unequal climate. The park hosts multiple caves to explore and stunning views from the parks at mountain peak.

Doi Inthanon is named in honor of one of the last kings of Chiang Mai, who was concerned about the forests in the north of Thailand and wanted to preserve it. After his death his remains was placed in the park, and the forest was renamed to Doi Inthanon.

5. Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite

Surrounded by beautiful high-country meadows and alpine ridges, Yosemite hosts millions of US and global visitors each year. The El Captian, a popular sight, is a 914 meter tall smooth granite wall, surrounded by the park’s giant sequoia trees and stunning lakes. Beyond the majestic mountains of Yosemite you will see mule deers, chipmunks and pikas, along with beautiful valleys and mountain top snow scenery.

Yosemite is a perfect destination to pair up with a San Fransisco holiday, and while you’re there we recommend visiting the Muir Woods – Ancient Redwood Forest.


Do you know of any beautiful national parks that we need to know about? Leave them in the comments below.


Lachlan Nicholson

Lachlan Nicolson is Marketing Coordinator at World Travel Professionals, blogger, traveller and coffee addict… Exploring the world one mile at a time! Follow his journey across the globe on his Instagram and blog

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