Best National Parks in the World, 22-24

Best National Parks in the World, 22-24

Just before we break into the top 25 of the Best National Parks in the World (and then go onto the remaining +150), it feels good to get to this point of the AWT MegaLists Series, of which this is our 3rd installment – the others being the 151 Most Beautiful Cities in the World and the 101 Best Cities in the World for Food and Cuisine… Just in case you didn’t know 😉

22. Goreme, Turkey

Göreme National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey, unveils a surreal landscape shaped by centuries of geological and human influences. Established to protect the unique rock formations, the park is a testament to the harmonious relationship between nature and human history.

Photo Credit to Igor Sporynan

The region’s iconic fairy chimneys and otherworldly rock formations, known as hoodoos, create a lunar-like terrain that has captivated travelers for centuries. These distinctive structures were formed by the erosion of volcanic tuff, and throughout history, they served as homes, churches, and even entire underground cities carved by ancient civilizations.

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The Göreme Open-Air Museum, within the park, showcases rock-cut churches adorned with intricate frescoes, offering a glimpse into the rich religious and cultural history of the region. Visitors can explore the subterranean cities of Kaymaklı and Derinkuyu, marveling at the ingenious architecture designed for protection during times of conflict.

Photo Credit to Mario Ceccherini

The park’s unique topography also makes it a hot air balloon haven, offering breathtaking aerial views of the otherworldly landscape during sunrise. Göreme National Park stands as a testament to the extraordinary ways in which nature and human history have converged, creating a landscape that is as enchanting as it is historically significant. The town of Göreme itself serves as a vibrant gateway, providing accommodations, dining, and a charming atmosphere immersed in the magic of Cappadocia.

Photo Credit to Erikena Shala

23. Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji National Park, a cultural and natural treasure in Japan, embraces the iconic silhouette of Mount Fuji, an emblematic symbol deeply ingrained in the country’s identity. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, the park sprawls across diverse landscapes, weaving together sacred sites, pristine lakes, and panoramic vistas.

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Central to the park’s allure is Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak at 3,776 meters, celebrated for its symmetrical cone and spiritual significance. The mountain’s allure has inspired artists and poets for centuries, making it a symbol of beauty and transcendence.

Five lakes, collectively known as the Fuji Five Lakes, encircle the base of Mount Fuji, providing stunning reflections of the sacred peak. Each lake offers unique perspectives and recreational opportunities, making them popular destinations for both locals and tourists.

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Chureito Pagoda, with its red hue contrasting with Mount Fuji’s snowy backdrop, is a cultural gem within the park, offering breathtaking views, particularly during cherry blossom season.

While Mount Fuji National Park is a magnet for climbers, and drawing enthusiasts to its summit during the climbing season, it also offers serene moments at hot springs and historic sites such as Oshino Hakkai.

Photo Credit to マクフライ 腰抜け

The town of Fujinomiya, nestled in the park’s embrace, serves as a gateway, providing accommodations, local cuisine, and access to the myriad wonders of Mount Fuji National Park, where natural beauty and cultural significance intertwine in a captivating tapestry.

24. Zion, Utah

Zion National Park, a masterpiece of red rock landscapes and dramatic canyons, stands as a testament to the geological wonders of southwestern Utah, USA. Established in 1919, the park has evolved into a sanctuary for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting towering sandstone cliffs, emerald pools, and winding slot canyons.

Photo Credit to Joe Borek

Central to the park’s allure is Zion Canyon, carved by the Virgin River over millions of years. The Narrows, a renowned section of the canyon, narrows to a mere 20 feet, creating a captivating and immersive hike through the water.

Angels Landing, an iconic trail, offers panoramic views of the canyon from its towering summit, providing a thrilling adventure for hikers. The park’s diverse ecosystems, ranging from high plateaus to deep canyons, harbor a variety of plant and animal species, including the elusive desert bighorn sheep.

Photo Credit to Alex Azabache

The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, a scenic drive, unveils the park’s varied topography, from the lush Virgin River Valley to the stark beauty of slickrock formations.

The town of Springdale, located at the park’s entrance, serves as a gateway, offering accommodations, dining, and a welcoming atmosphere. Zion National Park, a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve, invites visitors to traverse its trails, marvel at its towering cliffs, and connect with the profound beauty etched into the sandstone canvas of southwestern Utah.

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