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THE WORLD’s 50 MOST SPECTACULAR NATIONAL PARKS

Are these really the worlds best national parks top 50? Well, let’s put it this way: These are among the world’s most dramatic and beautiful national parks and reserves, but this list is far from complete. I tried to rank them in a sequence of beauty and importance, but I soon gave up and listed them alphabetically. How can you compare the beauty of Antactica with the Chinese Wall, which is not just the monumental structure, but a vast strip of protected land, surrounding it. Moreover, who determines that anyway? So ignore those website that claim to rank the world’s best national parks. Most likely, the website owners never have seen more than a few national parks in their own country.

  1. Amistad National Park, Costa Rica, Panama

  2. Antarctica

  3. Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

  4. Banff National Park, Canada

  5. Bryce Canyon National Park

  6. Canaima National Park, Venezuela

  7. Caribbean Coral Reef Islands, Honduras

  8. Chimborazo National Park

  9. Chinese Wall World Heritage Site

  10. Chitwan National Park, Nepal

  11. Cuyabeno National Park

  12. Daintree National Park, Australia

  13. Erawan National Park, Thailand

  14. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

  15. Galapagos

  16. Göreme National Park, Turkey

  17. Grand Canyon National Park

  18. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia

  19. Great Himalayan National Park, India

  20. Guilin Li River National Park, China

  21. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

  22. Iguazu National Park, Argentina/Brazil

  23. Jim Corbett National Park, India

  24. Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

  25. Kakadu National Park, Australia

  1. Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

  2. Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

  3. Kruger National Park South Africa

  4. Mount Rainier National Park

  5. Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary

  6. Manú National Park, Peru

  7. Nambung National Park, Australia

  8. Nahuel Huapi, Argentina

  9. Huascaran National Park, Peru

  10. Pantanal Matogrossense, Brazil

  11. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

  12. Poas National Park, Costa Rica

  13. San Fernando National Reserve, Peru

  14. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

  15. Serranía de la Macarena, Colombia

  16. Snowdonia National Park, Wales

  17. Spitsbergen National Park

  18. Tikal National Park, Guatemala

  19. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

  20. Verdon Regional Park, France

  21. Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabse

  22. Wulingyuan National Park, China

  23. Yellowstone National Park

  24. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

  25. Zion National Park