Monday, 28 July 2014

My Top 5 // National Parks I Need To Visit!

A post I've had in mind for a long while is finally here. Beware! Stunning photos to make you crave a holiday!

I adore the outdoors, as far as I can remember I always have, and it's only gotten stronger as I've gotten older. Alongside my enjoyment of being surrounded by nature, hearing nothing but wildlife and breathing in the freshest of air, the outdoors also provide me with subjects for the best hobby in the world - photography.
I've been to some beautiful places and am indeed surrounded by alot since moving too, but the places on the following list are out of the ordinary, completely awe-inspiring. 
So anyways, here it is, my Top 5 National Parks that I NEED to visit!


#1 - Yosemite Park.
I can't tell you where I first heard of this place (probably a YouTube vlog) but it was love at first sight. I want to plonk myself a little wooden cabin right in the center of this scene and live the rest of my life there. It has the best of everything mountains, greenery,waterfalls, hikes, bike trails, horseback riding, camping...need I go on? I'd fo' sho' have a field day laying in a random grassy knoll waiting to snap away at all the amazing wildlife they have there - just look for yourself at the giant list of species the park is home to! 
Yosemite is in the Sierra Nevada of California, USA for those wondering.



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#2 - Grand Canyon.
Probably the most well known park on this list and is in Arizona, USA. As the almighty Wikipedia states ''The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 mile wide and attains a depth of over a mile. Nearly two billion years of Earth's geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.'' Wow! The fact that there will be so many tourists is a little off putting but it's such a natural wonder that I need to see it with my own eyes. 



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#3 The Cairngorms 
Actually the closest of the list around 150miles from my home, I never thought somewhere in Scotland could be so pretty! The Cairngorms boast high mountains, ancient forests, fields and moorland with a vast range wildlife and as you can see completely stunning photo opportunities no matter what the season. The historical side of this park is one of the most appealing points to me and it would be an amazing to stand in such a naturally beautiful place thinking about the people who stood there some 7000 years before me. 



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#4 - Exmoor
Exmoor is located in the South West of England, near Somerset and is the top place on this list that I need to visit! I have only been to that corner of the country once when visiting Monkey World in Dorset many years ago, though my memories of everywhere down there are nothing but views of amazing landscapes.
It's list of activities and things to do seem similar to those at Keilder meaning it would be a great family holiday spot for us with fishing for the men, stargazing for Jake and I with the zoom lens, walks for us all and the dog and so much more! I've never ridden a horse before but I'd love to here with it's famous equine history!



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#5 - The Serengeti
Last but not least is somewhere I may never get to visit but will always be regarded as a magical land of the mighty king! Disney connotations aside, have you ever seen a bad photo of this place?! If the animals weren't enough to make you awestruck the sunsets and views certainly should be. I can't put my finger on it but I can't seem to make out whether it's a real place or some magical made up land in my head (don't worry, I'm not delusional I know it's a real place in Africa) it just seems so perfect and different to anything in any other countries.


So there you have it, in my eyes the best National Parks that I would be overwhelmed to be privileged enough to visit. Can anyone see why I prefer the countryside now?! haha The natural world is so beautiful before humans pop up and ruin it.
Oh, I think this video sums up what I'm trying to say completely!



Have you been lucky enough to visit any of these places? If not which one would you most like to go to?
Let me know in the comments below!



19 comments:

  1. All of these places look and sound amazing... the photo for the first park -- WOW! I think everyone wants to go to The Grand Canyon... I know I do! It's so cool :)

    Jessica
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    1. Don't they?! I know, that's the only thing that puts me off wanting to go 'cause I'm afraid of large groups haha
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  2. I've visited Yosemite and the Grand Canyon ... Both were spectacular! What a great list!

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    1. Ahhh whaatt?! I am so jealous you won't believe!!
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  3. Me to! I love being outdoors. I love nature really! It's a great list :)
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    1. Thank you! I guess anywhere outside is beautiful, theses are just extra special! :D

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  4. Really beautiful places!! I agree, I need to check all these out.

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    1. Everyone should visit at least one of these in their life time! Or so I say :P
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  5. They all look gorgeous, we've been to Vegas 3 times and stupidly haven't done the Grand Canyon yet but have said next time we definitely will and Yosemite is the top of my list when it comes to national parks, it looks so beautiful x

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    1. Oh yes you must and I demand a blog post full of photos!! :P

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  6. OMG I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Yosemite! I think I used to watch a show as a kid that was set there and so I've always had this desire to go there myself, all those fur trees and lakes!

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    1. Aw cool! I never knew there was a show set there. Sounds like a good show! haha x

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  7. Love this post all these places look beautiful, and Im actually shocked that the third one is in Scotland it looks so amazing. Yosemite is definitely on my list and as a huge Lion King fan I'd love to visit Africa and The Serengeti would be so amazing.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

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    1. I know right?! It's bad to say but it's really not something about Scotland that is well publicized.
      I think Yosemite is on everybody' list haha and rightly so!

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  8. I would highly recommend visiting Banff National Park, Lake Louise in particular! Love your blog <3
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    1. Oooh, I'll have to look that one up! I've never heard of it before. Thanks!
      And oh thank you very much, thats so sweet :D x

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  9. Weird that I'm actually reading this after being in Exmoor for the day. I couldn't stress going to Exmoor enough, it really is beautiful and full of character. More well known in Devon is Dartmoor, which is certainly my favourite place, the moors really are breathtaking.

    Other places i'd recommend are, the Yorkshire dales which is just miles and miles of rolling hills with horses and sheep etc. Another is blue Mountain in Australia it is absolutely amazing, and everyone should definitely visit there at some point in their life.

    In England there are so many national trust places worth a visit- going to each one is a thing I do most weekends. If your ever going to go to any I'm full of recommendations.

    Becs x

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    1. Aww how lucky you are!!

      Thank you so much for the recommendations! I'll have to get a map and mark all the places we need to go :)
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  10. I'm lucky and have visited 3 of these. Exmoor when I was younger and more recently Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.
    I can't begin to explain how awesome Yosemite is. The waterfalls there are from melting snow rather than rivers so around may is the time to visit for those which coincidently was when I went.
    I saw a coyote which was incredible as wild dogs have always been my favourite animal. I was lucky enough to walk extremely close to the deer there. They just didn't care haha.

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