We humans are a weird bunch. We see a patch of soft, ripe land and we tear it up like a Christmas present and lay concrete on it like the slab of grey cement is a holy offering to Zeus. It’s not like we don’t need infrastructure and buildings to thrive and advance, but we also need oxygen and to not force all the exciting animals into extinction. Which is what essentially National Parks do, the government cherry-picks an area that has some curious land formation or special native animals and preserve the area using tax money out of the goodness of their hearts. Also tourism. But it’s a good cause nonetheless. It would be beneficial to visit these parks for their funding as well as your smog-filled lungs. Here is a list of a few of the most beautiful national parks of the world;

  • Tulum National Park, Mexico

Location: Calle Yalku S/N, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

Mexico Tulum mayan ruins

Tulum is an archaeological site. The Mayan ruins of the ancient city are accompanied by some pretty impressive flora and fauna. The best time to escape the tourist rush would be dawn, which comes with the added privilege of watching the sunrise over the horizon light up the towering El Castillo with the first rays of the day.

  • Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park, China

Location: Zhangzha Town, Jiuzhaigou County 623400, China

China Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park is one of those places that embrace all seasons and strategically uses them to optimise their beauty which is why this is one of the few of the most beautiful national parks of the world. Home to nine Tibetan villages, over 220 bird species, elevations ranging from 6529 ft. to 15630 ft. and numerous colourful lakes and waterfalls, there is no time when the park doesn’t feel absolutely welcoming.

  • Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia

Location: Sarawak, Malaysia

Malaysia Gunung Mulu National Park

Hosting behemoth caves and geological phenomenon like the Pinnacles, Gunung Mulu National Park has earned the title of a World Heritage Site. Between the Karst Mountains, deep gorges with crystal clear waters and diverse habitats supporting even more diverse wildlife, there is a lot to be explored in the Gunung Mulu National Park. If you can, try to avoid visiting on school and public holidays although and because understandably that is the time the park is most crowded.

  • Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Indonesia

Location: Malang, East Java, Indonesia

Indonesia bromo tengger

The park is named after the two mountains, Mount Semeru and Mount Bromo. Mount Semeru stands at the height of 3676 metres and is an active volcano while Mount Bromo is 2329 metres and constantly belches out white sulphurous smoke, probably the reason why it is counted on few of the most beautiful national parks in the world. The place is the very definition of rugged beauty what with its volcanic peaks and sea of sands. The climate is pleasant enough when the sun’s up but be prepared for freezing temperatures of the night.

  • Denali National Park, US

Location: George Parks Hwy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK, United States

US denali national park (3)

Despite the enthralling landscapes and bio diverse habitats, despite the chances of meeting and greeting and possibly running for your life from a furry critter like a bear, moose or if you’re lucky fox or wolf, despite the vast expanses of untapped country to explore and a hulking icy Mount McKinley, and perhaps arguably the highlight of this park is the viewing of the Aurora lights. The phenomenon occurs all year round, but is only visible in early spring, usually best in August when the night skies are darkest and clearest.