National parks in the USA: You must experience these 5 is written by Michael Bo Christensen
Utah is more than just a state
I am often asked which American state I liked best. That's a great question because it gives me a good opportunity to talk about Utah and its unique national parks.
Utah's name comes from "Ute", meaning "Land of the Sun".
It is also the name of the Ute Indian tribe that lived here before the whites came. The Ute were feared by both settlers and the Navajo tribe, with whom the Ute were often at war. The Ute Indians called themselves "People of the mountains", which fits well, as 60% of the state lies at an altitude of over 1600 metres.
Utah has five national parks that can all compete with places like the Grand Canyon. Many Danes have also visited Zion and Bryce in particular, as many travel agencies guide them to. Unfortunately, many national parks such as the Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef overlook. It's a shame.
All five parks are fairly close to each other and can be reached within two and a half hours.
Several of the roads used are in the category "Scenic Drive" or "Scenic Byways" - that is, particularly beautiful routes. These are often as great experiences as the destination itself.
There are also several state-of-the-art state parks and nature areas such as Goblin Valley State Park and Devils Garden.
Zion: One of the more famous national parks in the United States
Zion's mountains and valleys are a palette of impressions. The Virgin River winds its way through this area, best seen from the numerous hiking trails that exist.
Some are easy, while others are both demanding and terrifying. The road into Zion from the east is perhaps the most beautiful I have seen USA.
Bryce Canyon National Park: One of the beautiful national parks in the United States
Bryce Canyon National Park offers the rock formations "hoodoos" in world class, and is easy to explore with the many marked trails.
In the evening, you should look up and experience the milky way, which is clearly visible in this area.
One of the most overlooked national parks in the United States: Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park is a slightly overlooked national park that contains unforgettable experiences.
Google Maps leads one around the area, which is perhaps the reason why many do not know it. Here there are Scenic Drives, arches, good walking routes, green and beautiful.
Canyonlands National Park: One of the national parks in the USA that resembles the Grand Canyon
In Canyonlands National Park you should see a number of lookouts that make you think of the Grand Canyon.
Don't miss Dead Horse Point State Park, just up the road from the national park.
Arches National Park
Arches is a natural phenomenon in the category "Rocks with holes", created by water from when the area was covered by sea. One should walk up to Delicate Arch, which is the park's landmark. Arches is one of the photographers' favorite places all year round.
Good trip to the many national parks in the USA, good trip to Utah.