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7 Continents – More than 2,200 National Parks

February 13, 2015

Our planet has an almost inexhaustible diversity of landscapes. Mountain ranges, grasslands, beaches, rain forest, desert, fiords, and glaciers make the world a unique place to live. To preserve the splendor of our earth for later generations and to protect the diversity of these special places, national parks have been founded.

1. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park. It impresses with its majestic snow covered mountains, turquoise lakes, and countless glaciers. Lake Louise might be the most famous lake in Banff National Park and it is also the starting point of the Icefields Parkway, a highway along scenic landscapes with lakes, glaciers, mountains and forests. Take your time to enjoy the breathtaking views while having a picnic on the shore of a deep blue lake.

2. Wulingyuan National Park, China

The scenery of the Wulingyuan National Park seems surreal – 243 sandstone pillars and more than 3000 karst pinnacles soar into the sky. Especially in the early hours of the morning when the sun rises and the wafts of mist still hang between the grotesque stone formations the Wulingyuang shows off its enormous beauty and magic.

3. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Blue, green and turquoise lakes arranged in cascades surrounded by lush, multifaceted nature characterize this beautiful spot. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is located in the mountainous karst landscape of central Croatia. A unique characteristic of the lakes is that their color continuously changes according to both the angle of the sunlight and the water quality.

4. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Fiordland National Park is New Zealand’s biggest national park located in the southwest of the South Island. The captivating scenery at the beginning of the Milford Sound amazes travelers with its lush green rock cliffs that tower over the calm water of the fiord. This place undoubtedly radiates a deep sense of  calm and peace.

5. Galápagos National Park, Equador

The Galápagos Islands are an isolated archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. Mother Nature has created a delightful spot on these 18 major islands and some more islets. The Galápagos Islands are known for their sublime and unique fauna. Species like the blue-footed booby, the Galápagos giant tortoise or the Darwin’s finches are native to the islands. This clarifies why Charles Darwin has spent more than one year on this fascinating archipelago to conduct the studies of his world-renowned evolutionary theory.

6. Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

The vast dune landscape is characteristic for the Namib-Naukluft National Park which encompasses part of the Namib Desert and the Naukluft mountain range. The 300 meter high, deep orange sand dunes are the highest dunes in the world. Even though, the climate seems hostile to life, an impressive number of species has adapted to the extreme conditions.As a nature lover, you may not miss these stunningly beautiful places. Easily compare all available flight tickets and find the cheapest deal to your dream destination on paperflies.com.

Juliane Kirchner

Marketing Intern at PaperFlies. Just moved to Amsterdam. Loves the Nordic countries and enjoys wakeboarding in summer.

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