When Yellowstone National Park was founded in the United States in 1872, a brand new concept of conservation parks was born. These parks were the very first that both protected a valuable landscape, habitat or ecosystem and allowed people to enjoy nature to its fullest. The second-oldest still-existing national park is Royal National Park in Australia, founded in 1879. Another country that was involved in the conservation movement for the very beginning is Canada, which established Banff National Park in 1885 and the world's first national park service in 1911.
Nowadays, there are more than 6,000 national parks in the world, in nearly 100 countries. National parks are designed to protect, conserve and preserve a certain area's wildlife, ecosystems and landscapes, while also giving visitors the opportunity to get to know and explore that particular area in greater detail. Most national parks are open to the public, offering a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy, which may include hiking, camping, wildlife watching and rock climbing.
Below, you will find an overview of the national parks that I've been to so far, a collection that is ever-growing and includes some of the greatest parks in the world. The following overview is divided into continents first and countries second.