Our love affair with the National Parks – 12 Photos

Grand Tetons National Park

On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it – Jules Renard

We are in love with nature, it’s abundant splendor and the National Parks epitomize that magnificence. Be it the snow-capped mountains of Mount Rainer or the barren, breathtaking Mojave Desert, the majestic Grand Canyon or the very tiny, remote island of Dry Tortugas. All of them move you, captivate you and make you feel so blessed that you are lucky to experience such beauty!

Here are some our favorite moments captured in photos that remind us time and again why we love visting the National Parks.

1. Yosemite National Park

This is one of our favorite national parks; we have a tradition to visit Yosemite a couple of times in a year to see it in different moods and color. After 3 years of trying to get a permit and battling with the weather, we could finally hike half dome.

Yosemite National Park

View of Half Dome, while hiking to Upper Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park

Picture of Yosemite valley as the sun covered it with a yellow blanket

2. Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Teton holds over 200 miles of pristine trails and the views while hiking were a proof of that. We went to Schwabacher Landing to watch the sunrise. Had to wake up at 4.30 am, but was totally worth it to see the teton range light up in a golden hue.

Grand Tetons National Park

Schwabacher Landing

3. Glacier National Park

 We only spent one day in Glacier National Park while on our way to Waterton National Park in Canada. But we were totally enthralled by its spectacular beauty!

  Glacier National Park

4. Arches National Park

Arches National Park in Utah has over 2000 natural arches, spires and hoodoos. We spent a memorable evening on the eve of our anniversary watching the sun set over the delicate arch. The beauty of the delicate arch as the sun bathed it in russet hues  was simply awe-inspiring!

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Sunset at Delicate Arch

Arches National Park

5. Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is a place of extreme and it is officially the hottest place on earth – recorded a temperature of 134 °F  on July 10, 1913!! We saw extreme landscapes of snow and barren desert, within just a few miles of each other.

Death Valley National ParkBadwater Basin, the lowest point in North America

6. Zion National Park

Zion national park is another one of our favorites. On our last visit to Zion, we attempted hiking down the Subway, but the weather did not support us. However we did hike up to Angel’s Landing. The view was fantastic! Worth every skipped heartbeat while hiking up 🙂

Zion National Park

View from Angel’s Landing 

7. Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas is known as America’s most inaccessible National Park. But it is oh so beautiful! We spent an amazing day snorkeling at Dry Tortugas. We saw beautiful brain coral, sea fans, huge sea urchins, schools of tropical fish and barracuda!

dry tortugas National Park

Fort Jefferson

8. Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the Western Hemisphere. We captured this image during sunset, as the sky darkened and the water turned mystical inky blue!

Crater Lake National Park 

9. Virgin Island National Park

Almost 2/3 of St. John island is a National Park. Time slowed down on this island as we savored every moment spent in this tropical paradise.

St. John National Park

 

10. Grand Canyon National Park

What do I say about the Grand Canyon that has already not been said before? Nevertheless every time we see the grand canyon, we get astounded by it’s vastness. Last year we hiked the canyon to experience it’s beauty up-close.

Grand Canyon National Park

Inside the Grand Canyon 

Visiting all the 59 national parks is a bucket list item for us. Hopefully we will accomplish that soon. Which is your favorite national park?

 

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