National Parks: One With Nature

As the end of summer is approaching and back-to-school is on the horizon, it’s a good time to visit a national park before access becomes limited due to bad weather. If you’ve already made plans to visit a national park, here’s some information to help make your trip even more awesome. If you haven’t, you can use this to help plan your next outing. Here is a list of the top 5 most popular parks to visit along with the closest images from our exclusive Live Cam network:

Top 5 Parks (in order of popularity)

1) Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • If you enjoy hiking, this park offers more than 800 miles of trails
  • Located between North Carolina and Tennessee

WeatherBug Live Cam for Lenoir City, TN 37771

2) The Grand Canyon

  • Considered one of the 7 natural wonders of the world
  • The view of the canyon is breathtaking
  • Located in Arizona

WeatherBug Live Cam for Grand Canyon Skywalk, Grand Canyon West, AZ 86434

3) Yosemite

  • If you enjoy rock climbing, Yosemite has some of the best locations possible
  • Known for its stunning waterfalls
  • Located in California

WeatherBug Live Cam for La Grange, CA 95329

4) Yellowstone National Park

  • Known for its geysers, especially Old Faithful (named for its regular, on-time eruptions)
  • Park roads usually close in fall and winter, so if you are quick you can still make it!
  • Located in parts of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana

WeatherBug Live Cam for Livingston, MT 59047

5) Olympic National Park

  • The heart of the park has stunning wilderness; a primeval sanctuary for humans and wild creatures alike
  • 5 highly recommended areas to visit within park: Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, Rialto Beach, Hoh Rainforest and Ruby Beach
  • Located in Washington

WeatherBug Live Cam for Anacortes, WA 98221

Fun Facts about Parks

  • Trees in U.S. urban parks remove 75,000 tons of air pollution, which translates to about $500,000,000 per year in economic benefit
  • More than 720 million people visit parks each year in the U.S.
  • A lot of these parks are also safe havens to wildlife that may be starting to become extinct because of all the wildlife hunting — such as the Northern Aplomado Falcon, Gray Wolf, Ocelot and White-nosed Coati!
A white-nosed Coati - Credit: bobchin1941 via Flickr

A white-nosed Coati – Credit: bobchin1941 via Flickr

If you’re planning a trip to a national park, be sure to check out WeatherBug’s Outdoor Nature forecast — it’ll tell you the best days (and time) to go!

WeatherBug's Outdoor Nature forecast for Yosemite National Park.

WeatherBug’s Outdoor Nature forecast for Yosemite National Park.

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