Immeasurable beauty often goes hand in hand with biodiversity—especially where national parks are concerned. Some of the most glorious things in the world are found in nature. If you’ve been craving some natural beauty in your life, check out our list of seven of the most beautiful national parks in the world, which also happen to teem with a rich biodiversity. Check them out below!
1. Magnetic Island National Park
This national park offers many different experiences for nature lovers to enjoy. On this mountainous island, you can wander through historical World War II ruins one minute and then down a beautiful beach the next. You’ll spot koalas and black flying foxes in the island’s forests, and you can even boat to the outskirts of the Great Barrier Reef.
2. Manuel Antonio National Park
One of the smallest parks on this list, Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica has over “109 different mammal species and 184 bird species,” more than making up for its size with its diversity. Here you can find white sand beaches and a large evergreen forest—they’re breathtaking.
3. Plitvice Lakes National Park
Step into this national park, and you’ll think you’ve stepped into a storybook—it’s that beautiful. There are 16 clear lakes connected by waterfalls and vaulted caves, so if you need a vacation of total reconnection with nature, this is the place to go. Not to mention, the gorgeous landscape is paired with a diverse wildlife—check out bears, rare birds, wolves, and more.
4. Torres del Paine National Park
If you’re up for an adventure, head to the Torres de Paine National Park. Here you can explore ancient forests, rushing rivers, and magnificent mountains and glaciers—the park has some of the most scenic trekking routes in the world. Search for pumas, guanacos, and some of the 115 different bird species that inhabit the area.
5. Glacier National Park
Montana, United States
Montana is where you’ll find the stunning glacier-carved peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the divine Glacier National Park. Somehow, it’s gorgeous all year long and offers more than 700 miles of hiking trails so that you can enjoy all the park has to offer. Watch out—you may find everything from mountain goats to grizzly bears on your trek; 71 species of mammals live here!
6. Banff National Park
Canada is home to a myriad of dazzling national parks, and our favorite is Banff National Park in Alberta. The pristine alpine lakes and towering mountains are just a few of the reasons why thousands of people come to explore the park every year. It’s home to the best of North American wilderness, and the mountain wildlife is something you’ll never forget.
7. Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti annual migration is one of the most impressive animal migrations in the world. Visitors can see everything from lions, elephants, and giraffes to gazelles, crocodiles, and cheetahs. You can fully see how wildlife diversity and beauty go hand in hand with this park.