With travel resuming throughout the world this year, visitors are looking to enjoy new experiences during their upcoming trips. Instead of visiting indoor attractions which are extremely crowded, many travelers are opting to spend time outdoors this year visiting national parks. Today we’re going to share with you some of the best national parks to visit on your next vacation.

What to Do at a National Park

There’s so much to keep you entertained at national parks throughout the world. One of the highlights of any visit is exploring the trails and seeing the animals within a park. Whether you are a keen hiker or are just looking to enjoy a leisurely stroll, most parks offer routes of all difficulty levels. Some parks may be better explored by car, and if that’s the case, head out on an expedition to enjoy the natural scenery. If you are traveling with your family, consider packing a picnic lunch and enjoy dining in the great outdoors when the weather is pleasant.

Before visiting any national park on your next vacation, check out the unique features of each destination, as some offer swimming, kayaking, and other fun outdoor adventures. Many of these national parks listed here today are based by the ocean or water and offer the chance to see marine life up close in their natural habitat. Enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving to witness the animals in these parks.

Mayumba National Park, Gabon

This marine park is located in the southwest of Gabon and offers beaches, dunes, and rainforests. It’s located by the Mayumba and Congo border and offers some amazing natural scenery and animal sightings. Keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles or whales here in the water. Within the park, you’ll also see elephants and antelopes, so it’s an animal-lovers dream destination.

Bahia de Loreto National Park, Mexico

Bahia de Loreto National Park is located on the Baja California Peninsula and is a couple of hundred miles away from La Paz. Explore this World Heritage Site both on land and in the sea, where it’s known for being the main home to marine life in the Pacific Ocean. There are five islands to explore, and you’ll enjoy boat trips, snorkelling, and diving to witness the creatures that call this part of the world home.

Kanha National Park, India

For anyone visiting India this year, you won’t want to miss seeing the animals in Kanha National Park. It’s located in the Maikal range of Satpuras, which is located in Madhya Pradesh. The most popular attraction is the tiger reserve, but the park spreads across a whopping 940 square kilometers. Make sure you visit Bammi Dadar, which is also called Sunset Point, for the best views of the tigers, plants, birds, and reptiles that this park is home to.

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

This World Heritage Site is the oldest national park in New Zealand and offers some of the world’s best hiking trails. It has three active volcanic mountains within the area and is perfect for adventurous couples and families to visit. There are plenty of great accommodation and dining options nearby, so you’ll find this to be an excellent area to spend a few days in on a tour of New Zealand.

Gebel Elba National Park, Egypt

This national park is located on Elba Mountain, which is found near the Red Sea coast in Egypt. It’s a very dry area of the country to visit but has an extremely varied landscape and is biodiverse. Enjoy witnessing different trees and plants, including Dracaena, moringa, and acacias. It’s a very remote national park which stretches over a large area and is best explored by car.

National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens, Myanmar

These gardens were founded in 1915 and were created by Turkish prisoners during World War I. It’s a 425-acre botanical garden that offers visitors over 480 different species of plants and flowers to see. On a visit here, you’ll find a swimming pool, butterfly museum, aviary, orchid garden, and the Nan Myint Tower. It’s located in Pyin Y Lwin and is well worth a visit if you are in the area on your trip to this exotic country.

Adam's Bridge Marine National Park, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is known for its stunning scenery, and Adam’s Bridge Marine National Park is no exception to this. You’ll find this park located thirty kilometers from Manna town, and it was designated as a national park in the year 2015. You’ll see a wide variety of marine life in this park, including fish, dolphins, and turtles, as well as migratory birds at certain times of the year. Enjoy relaxing and exploring the national park on your next vacation, and you could spend a day here on the beach. It’s a great destination for families looking to introduce youngsters to a diverse range of wildlife.

Serranía de la Macarena National Park, Colombia

This stunning national park in Colombia is located near La Macarena. It has a high average temperature throughout the year, so it is a great spot to escape the cold winters in some parts of the country. Throughout the park you’ll find rivers, waterfalls, and streams, which are known as Caño Cristales. There are many waterfalls and swimming holes for visitors to enjoy, and highlights include the Piscina de Carol Cristal and the Piscina del Turista. You’ll need to book a guided visit to this national park, and groups are split up throughout the park to minimize the impact of tourists on this natural destination.

Wherever you are planning to visit this year, consider searching for a national park in the nearby area on your next trip. With many of us looking to avoid the crowds and continue social distancing this year, there are still so many opportunities to appreciate the natural beauty of the world we live in. Whether you are traveling solo, as a couple, or with your extended family, everyone will find something to keep themselves entertained on your next visit to a national park.