Best National Park Wildlife

Travel Channel gives outdoor enthusiasts the scoop on the best wildlife viewing in US National Parks, including Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park and Denali National Park.

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Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park in South Dakota teems with pinnacles, towers, buttes, ravines and gulches. 960 1280

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Formed by volcanoes and full of flowers, fauna and vistas galore, Yellowstone is possibly the grandest national park. 960 1280

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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Rainforests and emerald lakes make Washington's Olympic National Park one of the most majestic parks. 960 1280

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

One of America's first wilderness parks, central California's Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls. 960 1280

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Centuries of wind and water have sculpted more than 2,000 natural arches in Utah's Arches National Park. 960 1280

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Of the 300 known caves in New Mexico's Guadalupe Mountains, 120 of them are in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

The Colorado River started its work creating the Grand Canyon more than 20 million years ago. 960 1280

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Denali National Park

Denali National Park

Alaska's Denali National Park contains the equivalent of an area 3 miles wide stretching from Washington, DC, to LA. 960 1280

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park

The legendary giant redwoods in Northern California's Redwood National Park are the planet's tallest living organisms. 960 1280

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park

One hundred miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Oregon, Crater Lake is one of the oldest National Parks. 960 1280

Crater Lake Lodge reclines along the edge of the caldera in Oregon's Crater Lake National Park. 960 1280

  

A coat of snow surrounds the almost 4,000-foot-deep Crater Lake. 960 1280

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The Furnace Creek Inn offers a refuge from the extremes of Death Valley National Park. 960 1280

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The harsh but beautiful landscape of Furnace Creek. 960 1280

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The view from the lobby of the Furnace Creek Inn. 960 1280

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The spacious lobby of the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park. 960 1280

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Guests at the Old Faithful Inn take in the view from the roof. 960 1280

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Old Faithful herself puts on a show every 80 minutes. 960 1280

  

The Ahwahnee Hotel makes a good home base for visitors of Yosemite National Park. 960 1280

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The inviting lounge at the Ahwahnee Hotel. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and up to 18 miles long. The steep canyon -- managed by Grand Canyon National Park, the Hualapai Tribal Nation and the Havasupai Tribe -- was carved over millions of years by the Colorado River in Arizona. 960 1280

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Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona

Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona

One of the most-photographed sights in Arizona, Cathedral Rock is a must-see stop if you’re taking an RV road trip through America’s Southwest. We recommend visiting Red Rock Crossing at Oak Creek in Sedona for the best view of this amazing rock formation. 960 1280

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Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls

Take a dip in the natural pools at Havasu Falls, a well-renowned double waterfall in the Grand Canyon located more than a mile from Supai, AZ. After a swim, eat lunch at the picnic area located near Havasu Creek. 960 1280

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Bright Angel Trail

Bright Angel Trail

Go hiking! Bright Angel Trail is the safest trail in Grand Canyon National Park. Hikers can camp out at Indian Garden and Bright Angel Campground. This hiking trail has portable drinking water at the 2 campsites, Three-Mile Resthouse and Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse. And if hikers should ever need them, a ranger presence and emergency phones are located along the trail. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon Railroad Depot

Grand Canyon Railroad Depot

Hop on a train to explore Grand Canyon National Park’s natural beauty. Take a step back in time as authentic characters and musicians bring the Old West to life on a Grand Canyon Railway train ride. Constructed between 1909 and 1910, the Grand Canyon Depot (pictured) was designed by American architect Francis W. Wilson. It is one of 14 log depots constructed in the US. 960 1280

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North Rim

North Rim

Begin your grand journey here! The North Rim, located 30 miles south of Jacob Lake on Highway 67, is the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. We recommend guests plan ahead. Visitor lodging, food services and the road from Jacob Lake to the North Rim are open from mid-May to mid-October. 960 1280

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North Kaibab Trail

North Kaibab Trail

A parking area is located on State Route 67, about a mile north of the North Rim’s Grand Canyon Lodge, for visitors to start their hike on 3 different trails, including the Ken Patrick Trail and the Uncle Jim Trail. The North Kaibab Trail (pictured) is also accessible from the parking area. This trail begins at the head of Roaring Springs Canyon and ends at the Colorado River. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon Camper Village

Grand Canyon Camper Village

Looking for the best spot to camp in the Grand Canyon? Head to Grand Canyon Camper Village, located a mile south of the park entrance on Highway 64 in Tusayan, AZ. This campground offers a convenient camping location for RVs, trailers and tents. The campground also has an IMAX theater, general store, restaurants, shopping and park shuttle stops all within walking distance. 960 1280

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Colorado River Rafting

Colorado River Rafting

Set your course for adventure on a white-water rafting trip down the Colorado River. Thrill-seekers have their pick of various commercial to non-commercial river trips that range from a half-day to a 25-day trip. Experience the scenic wonder and adrenaline rush on this adventure of a lifetime. 960 1280

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Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation

Take a tour of the Grand Canyon from Flagstaff, AZ, through the Navajo Nation, a semi-autonomous Native American territory, covering 27,425 square miles in portions of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. 960 1280

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Bell Rock

Bell Rock

Some Western spiritual writers with a New Age focus believe this popular tourist attraction is a portal into the Earth or a gateway to other dimensions. Add Bell Rock to your must-see list. It’s located north of the Village of Oak Creek, AZ, and south of Sedona. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Get awe-inspiring views from the Grand Canyon Skywalk, owned by the Hualapai Indian tribe. The transparent-horseshoe bridge operates like a conveyor belt, providing tourists with great vantage points to gaze at the majestic canyon from 4,770 feet above the Colorado River. 960 1280

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Rim Trail

Rim Trail

Plan a day of hiking on the Rim Trail, located on the North/South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Hikers can start their trek from any viewpoint in Grand Canyon Village or along Hermit Road. The trail stretches 13 miles from South Kaibab Trailhead west to Hermit’s Rest. Make sure you pack water before you start this hiking trail. Water is available at the beginning and end of the trail. 960 1280

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