If the wanderlust bug has bitten you and your compass points towards the great outdoors, you're in for a treat. A former park ranger has put together an ultimate guide to U.S. National Parks, and guess what? Utah and Idaho have made the list, shining as beacons for adventurers and nature lovers alike. A recent Business Insider article highlighted this treasure trove of insights, proving that sometimes the best travel advice comes straight from those who've lived the park life.


With its staggering landscapes and otherworldly formations, Utah is no stranger to national park fame. The guide lavishes praise on Zion National Park, and rightly so. There's something almost spiritual about Zion's towering sandstone cliffs, emerald pools, and winding rivers. Whether you're up for a challenging hike like Angels Landing or prefer the scenic tranquility of the Riverside Walk, Zion offers a kaleidoscope of experiences that cater to every level of outdoor enthusiast.

But let's not forget Idaho, a state that often flies under the radar when it comes to national park buzz but is every bit as deserving of recognition. While Idaho might not boast a national park in the traditional sense, it's home to the awe-inspiring Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. This vast ocean of lava flows, cinder cones, and sagebrush is like stepping onto another planet. It's a testament to Earth's fiery power and a playground for hiking, caving, and marveling at the stark beauty of volcanic landscapes.


This ex-park ranger's guide isn't just a list; it's an invitation to explore the heart and soul of America's wilderness. Utah's Zion and Idaho's Craters of the Moon are just the tip of the iceberg, offering experiences that range from the serene to the extreme. So whether you're a seasoned hiker, a casual explorer, or someone who simply appreciates the beauty of our planet, these parks promise adventures that are both enriching and exhilarating.

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