Although it’s the national parks that get all the spotlight, it’s often the state parks where families, friends and couples go for weekend outings. Whether it’s for a Saturday hike, a Sunday picnic or an overnight camping trip, the state parks in America might just be more closely interwoven with people’s everyday life than their national cousins.
Piles and stacks of huge boulders dominate a landscaped dotted with iconic Joshua trees. Blue skies create a vibrant contrast with the yellows and browns of the Southern Californian deserts. A park filled with life and seemingly made for adventurers, there’s a myriad of Joshua Tree National Park highlights.
Although it may look small, dwarfed by the Australian mainland, Tasmania is actually a pretty large island. Only 25 islands in the world are bigger in size. And what’s more, over 40% of its surface area is protected, including a huge UNESCO World Heritage Site and no fewer than nineteen Tasmania national parks.
From the calm waters of the Missouri River to the lush Pacific Northwest forests of the Cascade and Siskiyou ranges, national monuments in the West feature a wide variety of ecosystems, wildlife and landscapes. If you’re looking for new adventures in 2018, consider adding these beautiful public protected lands to your list.
They embody everything that’s great about nature in America, but national parks aren’t necessarily impossibly remote or difficult to get around in. Often, it’s the contrary, in fact. Although they are the epitome of natural beauty and wildness, most of them are surprisingly accessible.
The second largest continent in the world, Africa is made up of no fewer than 54 independent countries. While it would take months, if not years, to properly explore the whole continent, which is massively bigger than North America for example, there are a few popular things to do.