The U.S. is full of the most spectacular national parks that you will find in the world. Some are based in really hot climates and some are in areas with colder weather. Wherever you are, or wherever you decide to travel to, you won't want to miss out on these national park sensations.
Big Bend, Southern Texas
If you visit this park in late spring or early summer you can expect temperatures of 100 degrees, or more. Pine Canyon Falls is just one of the beautiful sights you will see in this scenic national park. It is home to over 1200 plants and animals, most of the animals come out at night as the dry desert conditions keep them hidden during the day. Due to the desolate conditions and how isolated the park is, it is one of the least visited parks in the lower states of the United States.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii
Kilauea and Mauna Loa are two of the volcanoes that visitors will witness in this park. It is one of the hottest locations in the US and has 333,000 acres of land. Temperatures vary in accordance with the elevation in the park and at the summit of the volcano, temperatures can drop and be at least 12-15 degrees colder than at sea level.
Glacier National Park, Montana
This park has one of the most significant temperature changes of all the national parks. At higher altitudes snow fall can occur at any time of the year. In the lower regions temperatures can reach 90 degrees, while the higher regions of the park can be a lot cooler. Temperatures of -56 degrees have been recorded in the Glacier park. Many hikers love the park, and there is an abundance of plants and animals to view, along with the wonderful scenery.
From December through April, temperatures in this park can vary from the low 50s to the 70s. During the months of April to November you will find that temperatures are 90 degrees and above. The Everglades National Park has 36 protected species, including the Florida panther and the West Indian manatee.
Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska
This park is one of the coldest as temperatures can stay below freezing for five months. At night temperatures have been known to drop to -54 and daytime temperatures have been recorded at as little as -14 on some days. Summer generally only lasts for two months; those months being June and July. There are many animals to be seen within the park, some of which are mountain goats, red foxes, gray wolves, and caribou.
Zion National Park, near Springdale, Utah
Summer days in the Zion National Park are very hot with temperatures ranging from 95 degrees to 110 degrees. Although temperatures are cooler in the evenings, and there are unpredictable wet and stormy conditions in the spring. Camping, hiking, and horse riding are some of the many activities that are participated in within the park grounds.
Yosemite National Park, California
Temperatures are different depending on your location in the park. At a range of 8,600 feet temperatures average between 25-54 degrees. At lower elevations you could see temperatures varying from 40-90 degrees. El Capitan is found here and is one of the most popular climbing areas in the world. The park is also known for the large amount of waterfalls and glorious large river canyons.
These parks have some of the most diverse weather you will find in the national parks of the United States. Whether you are looking for hot or cold weather there is something here for everyone. You can enjoy most of the parks all year round, although some are closed depending on the weather conditions at certain times of the year. National parks of the U.S. are beautiful, if there is snow on the ground or the sun is shining brightly you will still enjoy the fantastic views and wildlife.