From what I’ve gathered over my years of traveling, I can say that I’m very much a city traveler: I enjoy the large streets, sprawling architecture, and easy accessibility to other towns and cities by public transport. I also love blending into the environment, being anonymous and free in a sea of people. It’s no wonder I’m drawn to visiting cities, as I come from a large city as Los Angeles itself.

However, as much as I’m partial to city-traveling, I’ve also slowly come to appreciate the nature side of traveling. While I’m by no means the outdoorsy type, I have found myself enjoying the occasional day hike or national park tour. True, I love a good piece of man-made architecture, but I also like the untouched landscapes in every corner of the world.

I have been lucky to see some great natural wonders throughout my childhood, as well as into young adulthood. From the Scottish Highlands to the Sahara Desert to even my country’s Grand Canyon, I have seen a lot of unspoiled beauty around the globe, even more fascinating as we’re moving towards an ever-urbanized society.

There are so many natural places– big and small– that I still haven’t been to, but desire to. Whether or not I can make it over to such destinations in the near future will be uncertain. For the moment, though, I can dream about them and, should the opportunity arise, I would not hesitate to go.

That said, I have compiled a list of the top-ten natural parks or landmarks that I would like to visit. If you have visited any of these places, I would like to hear what you think of them! Let’s get started.

10 Natural Parks I Want to Visit

1. Jiuzhaigou National Park (China)

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Source: YouTube.

2. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (China)

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Source: World Atlas.

3. Patagonia (Argentina/Chile)

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Source: Travel + Leisure.

4. Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)

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Source: Suitcase Andi.

5. Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil)

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Source: Enchanting Travels.

6. Banff National Park (Canada)

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Source: Reddit.

7. Gorges du Verdon (France)

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Source: Hotel des Gorges du Verdon.

8. Lake Bled (Slovenia)

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Source: Lonely Planet.

9. Gorbea Natural Park (Spain)

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Source: Feel the Planet.

10. Lake District (England)

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Source: The Telegraph.

 

Where have you been on this list? Let me know!

 

— Rebecca

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3 thoughts on “10 Natural Parks I Want to Visit

  1. China looks like it has some stunning landscapes. I feel as though I only ever hear about the sprawling cities – Shanghai, Xi’an, Beijing and the likes – and that you don’t hear so much about the natural spaces it has to offer. I’d also love to visit the Gorges du Verdon one day πŸ™‚ Of all the places on your wish list, I’ve only been to the Lake District. Highly recommend a trip if you get the chance – there are some really quaint towns and villages, and the scenery is beautiful.

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    1. China certainly has a lot of incredible natural parks to check out; did you know that Zhangjiajie’s scenery inspired that of the Avatar film? Sadly, I couldn’t get around to Gorges du Verdon while in France (i.e. too remote without a car). Should I return to Europe some day, I’d love to check it out, along with a visit to England again for the Lake District!

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      1. I didn’t know that, though I haven’t actually seen Avatar! It’s a pity that some natural spaces are tricky to access by public transport. We’re quite lucky in the UK in that even if it takes double the amount of time to get there by bus/train, most national parks are pretty accessible!

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