Ten National Parks to See Before You Die

By CNTraveler.com - 2014-07-21T17:46:04Z

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America's national parks are overwhelming in every way—in number, in size, in their capacity to inspire wonder. And the question remains: Which one will you see next? For the following introduction to, and celebration of, the nation's greatest natural treasures, we've chosen just 10 of the 58 parks. There’s a lot of exploring to do. 

Glacier National Park

Montana

Mountain ranges, over 130 lakes, and 26 glaciers—what's left of 100 or more.

Size 1,584 square miles.

Best View Six-mile Grinnell Glacier Trail ends at a glacier and lake.

The Easy Way, Car The 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road, a feat of 1920s engineering, crosses the Continental Divide and traces craggy cliffs.

The Easy Way, Foot The 2.5-mile St. Mary Falls trail reaches two cascades.

The Hard Way Try rigorous nine-mile Siyeh Pass.

Creature Feature Cougars and lynx and grizzly bears—oh my!

Etc. glacierparkinc.com

P.S. Waterton Lakes National Park is Canada's adjacent twin.

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