"Mit jedem Spaziergang in der Natur erhält man weit mehr, als man sucht." John Muir, Amerikas berühmtester Naturforscher und Umweltschützer, erzählte seinen Mitmenschen unermüdlich, wie wichtig Naturschutz ist – noch bevor diese Idee allgemein akzeptiert war. Sein Engagement zahlte sich aus, heute gibt es in den USA über 390 Nationalparks, Muir selbst wird als "Vater der Nationalparks" gesehen.
Der National Park Service, mit seinen coolen Rangern, welche die Parks sicher und sauber halten, wird dieses Jahr am 25. August 100 Jahre alt. Grund genug, sich mal wieder die einzigartige Schönheit der Parks vor Augen zu führen. Einige der schönsten Highlights der US Nationalparks haben wir hier für dich zusammengesucht. Natürlich gibt es noch viel mehr und jeder Park ist definitiv einen Besuch wert. Hast du dir schon einen ausgesucht, den du unbedingt mal sehen willst?
This trail begins near the base of Sentinel Rock and climbs to the top of Yosemite Valley at Glacier Point. The trail maintains a continuous steep grade, following the path of an old toll trail that was completed in 1872. The trail has changed a bit over the years; it is now closer to five miles than four (and of course there is no more toll). Spectacular views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and, eventually, Half Dome await those willing to tackle this strenuous trail. Don't skip the side trip to enjoy the view of Yosemite Valley from Union Point, located a bit over two-thirds of the way up.The Four Mile Trail ends at Glacier Point, where restrooms, parking, and a snack stand (summer only) are available. You can choose to hike back to Yosemite Valley by reversing your route or by continuing on the Panorama Trail, which brings you to the Happy Isles Trailhead in another 8.5 miles (13.7 km).
The Navajo Trail is a short hiking path loop in Bryce National Park that leads down to the Bryce Canyon and then back up through Wall Street. It can be done in about 1 to 2 hours, depending on how many stops you make to enjoy the awe inspiring rock formations and take photos.The trail is rather steep with quite a bit of altitude to conquer – make sure to bring enough water. If you come in the morning or evening, you might be able to hike in the shade before the sunlight comes down into the canyon.
Eine schöne kurze Wanderung mit zahlreichen eindrucksvollen Ausblicken auf den Canyon. Eigentlich ist die gesamte Streckte ein Highlight. Gute Park Möglichkeiten hat man auf den Parkplätzen "C + D" von hier mit dem Shuttlebus zum Visitor Center und hier startet die Wanderung. Viel Wasser mit nehmen - es gibt wenig Schatten.
Breathtaking views over these surreal, beautiful landscapes. Perfect for a quick stop and very short walk whilst driving through the park.If you'd like to go on a longer hike, there are also several great official hiking paths. Make sure to always bring enough water and sun protection.Hikes: nps.gov/badl/planyourvisit/hiking.htm Camping: nps.gov/badl/planyourvisit/camping.htm
The Congress trail is a paved loop that leads by the largest trees in the world. It starts at the General Sherman Tree, the most voluminous tree on the planet. Most people just go to the Sherman Tree and back, which makes this part very busy. The rest of the trail is less crowded but the trees are just as impressive. At the south end, there are unusual groupings of somewhat smaller sequoias, the House and Senate groups.
Probably the most pictruesque area of the Yellowstone national park is its Grand Canyon. It is approximately 10,000 years old, 32 miles long, in between 250m and 400m deep, and 500m to 1,300m wide. There are three big waterfalls in the Canyon: the Upper and the Lower Falls as well as the less known Crystal Falls in between. The Lower Falls are almost twice as high as the Niagara Falls! The Yellowstone river is running at the bottom of the Canyon. Most of the yellows in the canyon are the result of iron present in the rock.
With its unique shape, the Delicate Arch is the most recognized landmark of the Arches National Park. Even the trail leading to the Arch is worth the hike itself. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to walk up and is doable for all ages. The higher you get, the better the views become until you reach the 20m high, freestanding natural arch. If you go in the early morning or evening, temperatures will be cooler, there won't be as many visitors and the light will be beautiful. Don't forget your water!
The most popular climb of Zion national park offers spectacular views over the Zion Canyon from the summit at 1765m. The altitude difference of the trail is 450m, getting there and back takes approximately five hours. The trail is secured but very exposed at some points, people with vertigo should stay away from this climb.
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US at over 594 m deep at its deepest point. The lake occupies the dormant volcanic caldera of Mount Mazama in Oregon, a sleeping vulcano. It owes its blue color to the depth and exceptional clarity of the water; with no rivers in or out, the water lost due to evaporation and subsurface seepage is replenished by rainfall and snow melt.When going by car, you can access several observation points along the "Rim Drive". There are also many hiking trails and several campgrounds inside the park. Unlicensed fishing is allowed without any limitation of size, species, or number. Swimming is allowed, too. There are boat tours to Wizard Island during summer. Cleetwood Cove Trail is the only publicly accessible path down to the waterBefore you go, check the webcams - Crater Lake is often invisible due to clouds.More information: nps.gov/crla/index.htm