Best National Parks of the West

Out west, the landscapes are vast and beautiful. There's no place better to check them out than at these National Parks.

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Deer are among the many animals you can spot in Washington's Olympic National Park. 960 1280


Owls may also give you a long look in Olympic National Park. 960 1280


Bighorn sheep are among the largest animals in Montana's Glacier National Park. 960 1280


Watch out! In Florida's Everglades National Park, the crocodiles have big mouths. 960 1280


For elk-watching, you can't go wrong at Glacier, Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park. 960 1280


There are many places to see moose. Try Yellowstone, Katmai, King Salmon, Grand Teton, Isle Royale or Denali National Park 960 1280


Golden Eagles soar at Olympic National Park. 960 1280


Go north to Glacier Bay or Katmai National Park in Alaska for a sea otter fix. 960 1280


Grizzly bears and their cubs hang out in Denali, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks. 960 1280


Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are the places to go for bison-watching. 960 1280


Caribou roam at Katmai and Denali National Parks. 960 1280


The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is one of the centerpieces of Chicago's Millennium Park. 960 1280


Established in 2004, Millennium Park is a subsection of Grant Park. 960 1280


Covering more than 5,100 acres, Portland's Forest Park is one of the country's largest urban forest reserves. 960 1280

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Pine trees and waterfront dominate the 1,001-acre Stanley Park, situated in the middle of downtown Vancouver. 960 1280


One of the best ways to spend a day at Stanley Park is looking for eagles. 960 1280


The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park dates to 1879. 960 1280


The circa-1903 North Windmill in Golden Gate Park sits as if it were teleported from the Netherlands. 960 1280


Park lovers call New York City's Central Park the granddaddy of all parks, and they should. 960 1280


The 843-acre Central park was opened in 1859 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963. 960 1280


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