Top 5 National Parks in the USA!

If you are planning to visit one of our nation's beautiful national parks, while you are staying at your favorite bed and breakfast, check out these BBOnline presents our top 5 picks for national parks in the USA.

1. Grand Canyon National Park

        Grand Canyon, Arizona

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When you visit your Grand Canyon, Arizona bed and breakfast, whether you view the Grand Canyon from the South Rim or the North Rim: the view is spectacular! While the majority of the five million visitors each year enter the Grand Canyon National Park via the South Rim, for the few visitors willing to make the hike along the trails of the North Rim are treated to verdant forests of Evergreens and cooler temperatures.

The sheer size of the canyon is overwhelming! The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder of beauty and the power of nature. Visitors can witness the effects and color of geological erosion that, after millions of years, paints the landscape. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park is open year round, 24 hours a day; however the North Rim has a much shorter season from late May to early October.

2. Great Smoky Mountain National Park

        Gatlinburg, Tennessee

On your next visit to your favorite Smoky Mountain, Tennessee bed and breakfast, make sure to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park! The Appalachian Trail stretches more than 800 miles from Tennessee to New York. Along the Appalachian Trail, nestled between Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; offers up trails, picturesque views, verdant landscape and an abundance of outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, camping, fishing, rafting and so much more! It is not uncommon to spot a family of black bears in the mountains and although they look cute and cuddly, signs are posted everywhere to "please don't feed the bears."

With nearly ten million visitors, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park has twice as many visitors as other national parks. While the park is accessible year round (it is open 24 hours/365 days of the year), the best seasons to visit are autumn and spring.

3. Yosemite National Park

        Yosemite Village, California

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One of the best things about visiting a Yosemite, California bed and breakfast is being close to the national park! Yosemite National Park is probably best known for its giant and ancient Sequoia trees, and visitors will see that and more including a 317 foot waterfall. Yosemite is also home to more than 400 different animal species including deer, big horn sheep, birds, reptiles and bobcats.

Although the national park has been protected since the late 1800s, UNESCO declared Yosemite National Park a World Heritage site in 1984, citing that Yosemite is the perfect example of glacial erosion.  Yosemite is open 365 days per year; however certain entrances and area are restricted to daylight use only.

4. Yellowstone National Park


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Besides staying in a Yellowstone bed and breakfast, there are many things associated with Yellowstone National Park; Old Faithful, the volcanic crater and plume and Yogi Bear. One of the best natural parks in the USA is Yellowstone, located in Wyoming. Visitors can experience all facets of nature including protected wildlife such as bison, elk, grizzlies and wolf; as well as view the historic geyser, Old Faithful.

Yellowstone National Park is open daily, year round; however the winter months bring weather that can create hazardous conditions so it is important that you check with the national park service for updates.

5. Zion Canyon National Park

       Springdale, Utah

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Zion Canyon National Park in Springdale, Utah is considered by many to be one of the great wonders of natural beauty. At first glance, there are many features that are similar to the Grand Canyon; however Zion is different in that unlike the view from the top at the Grand Zion the best view is from the bottom up.

Zion National Park is Utah's first national park and brings in more than two million visitors each year. Colorful river beds, pink sandstone, lush forests and great waterfalls and streams, in addition to nearly a thousand species, offer a convergence of three uniquely distinct ecosystems.  Zion is open 365 days per year; however the park service suggests that you check for updates before you visit, which you can do from your Zion Canyon, Utah bed and breakfast.