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Channel Your Wild Side at These 7 Inspiring Parks

When the hustle of city life becomes a hectic blur, something inside calls us away from the urban jungle and into the actual wilderness. National Parks can be found around all the world, offering some of the most thrilling, eye-opening and photogenic travel destinations you can visit. Whether you dream of applying a face mask as you soak in natural hot springs, or itch to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails, these gorgeously preserved environmental wonders are guaranteed to blow your mind.


Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Despite being twice the size of the state of Connecticut and having a reputation of being Alaska’s “wildest” park, Lake Clark National Park is one of the least visited national parks in the United States. The relatively light human foot traffic makes it possible for visitors to experience unparalleled amounts of untouched wildlife up close. This is especially true of the park’s Cook Inlet coastline, where guides lead groups to view brown bears feeding on wild salmon.


Masada National Park, Israel

This natural fortress in the desert of Israel overlooks the mineral-rich Dead Sea, a popular spot for skincare fanatics to soak up the natural nutrients and relax. A site of great archaeological significance, it was home to the palace of King Herod in 37 B.C.E. History buffs will love checking out the amazingly well preserved examples of iconic Roman architecture.


Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

This breathtaking park encompasses the world famous Chilean region of Patagonia, a hotspot for scenic hiking and nature observation. Guests who opt to lodge at Ecocamp Patagonia, the only hotel within the park’s boundaries, can stay in eco-chic miniature geodesic domes.


Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

The animals and wildlife that call Fiordland home have evolved in relative isolation, meaning that many species are actually unique to New Zealand’s South Island. Nowhere is the beauty of this untouched wonderland more undeniable than on nature cruises through Milford Sound and its majestic falls or excursions into the weird and wonderful Te Anau Glowworm Caves.


Tijuca National Park, Brazil

The world’s largest urban forest, Tijuca Forest was re-planted by hand in the 1800s in a region that had previously been cleared for the harvesting of sugar and coffee. This recultivation of a lush forest is a blessing for all as it is now not only home to wildlife but to beautiful man-made structures such as the iconic gazebo of Vista Chinesa and the charmingly pastel pink Mayrink Chapel, which dates back to 1860. This forest is truly an Instagramer’s paradise.


Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan

Just a hop and a skip outside of Tokyo, this gem is Japan’s most visited national park. While the mighty Mount Fuji is undoubtedly the park’s centerpiece, it is also known for its steamy hot springs, which feel amazing after a long hike around the sparkling shores of Lake Ashi or an adventure to the famous Hakone Shrine.


Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park, Colorado, USA

Colorado’s answer to the Grand Canyon, the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park is home to spectacular views of a 2,000-foot rocky descent into the rushing waters of the Gunnison River. While only experienced climbers should attempt to scale the canyon walls, the park also boasts world famous trout fishing, scenic drives and hikes, and campsites to pitch a tent with a goosebump-worthy view.

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

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Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

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Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

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Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

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Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

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New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

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Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

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Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

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For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

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There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

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As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

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1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

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Imagine getting caught in the rain while kayaking at one of the most beautiful and popular destinations in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Known for its stunning turquoise-colored lake, surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise is home to diverse wildlife, including grizzly bears, elk, and moose.

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