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National Parks

U.S.A. & Canada

National Parks

The US National Park Service operates the 63 protected areas in America we call “National Parks” while our neighbors to the North at Parks Canada operate another 48 parks and reserves.  These treasures of North America feature some of our most iconic landscapes and natural monuments, but also an opportunity for visitors to get close to nature, see animals in their natural habitat, and disconnect from our busy world.  Totaling over 50 million acres with measurements ranging from Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada at under 9 square miles up to Alaska’s Wrangell–St. Elias covering over 8 million acres, navigating the National Parks system can be complicated.  For example, larger than the state of Rhode Island, Yellowstone National Park has 5 separate entrances spaced hundreds of miles apart with only one open year-round.  An experienced travel advisor can help plan out the perfect National Parks adventure – establishing your starting and finishing points, recommending routes and stops, ensuring you don’t miss any of the “Don’t Miss” spots, plus booking flights, accommodation, and rental cars.

Whether you’re visiting a national park, taking a road trip, or planning a staycation, an expert at The Paper Ticket is here to help.  After a conversation about your Vacation Vibe, a Paper Ticket Agent will recommend the itinerary, hotels, and activities that are best suited for you!

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3.797 million mi² USA + 3.855 million mi² Canada

Most Visited Parks in the US & Canada

National Parks

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee: Known for lush forests and year-round wildflower blooms, scenic views of mist-covered mountains, hiking that includes a section of the Appalachian Trail, and easy access for drive-through visitors
  2. Banff National Park, Alberta: Equally enjoyable in the winter for skiing and sledding as it is in the summer for hiking and kayaking, featuring a range of accommodations highlighted by 5* resorts, whose guests often arrive via luxury train journey.
  3. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (mostly): Its most famous resident, Old Faithful, is one of many geysers and hot springs among a dramatic landscape of canyons, rivers, and forests who share their home with hundreds of animal species including wolves, bears, bison, and elk.
  4. Zion National Park, Utah: Famed for its red cliffs and amazing hiking through slot canyons to reach the waterfalls and gardens of the Emerald Pools.
  5. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado: Just outside Denver and featuring the highest paved road in the US with scenic mountain views and rich wildlife, plus over 350 miles of hiking trails ranging from beginner to multi-day adventures.
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