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Redwood National & State Parks, Humboldt County & Del Norte County, California, U.S.A.
  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China. It became internationally renown since the release of the 2009 movie Avatar. The movie was filmed in these mountains, more specifically, the Hallelujah Mountain (of Avatar) was filmed there and the movie’s editing team simply added the mountains in post-production to make them look like they are floating in the air.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania.
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.
  • Serengeti National Park, Mara Region, Tanzania.
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, U.S.A.
  • Ahu Akivi moai that face the ocean in Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island, Chile.
  • Redwood National & State Parks, Humboldt County & Del Norte County, California, U.S.A.
  • The Emerald Lake at Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu District, New Zealand.

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A NATIONAL PARK is a park in use for conservation purposes. Often it is a reserve of natural, semi-natural, or developed land that a sovereign state declares or owns. Although individual nations designate their own national parks differently, there is a common idea: the conservation of wild nature for posterity and as a symbol of national pride. Furthermore, an international organization, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and its World Commission on Protected Areas, has defined "National Park" as its Category II type of protected areas. While ideas for this type of national park had been suggested previously, the United States established the first such one, Yellowstone National Park, in 1872. The largest national park in the world meeting the IUCN definition is the Northeast Greenland National Park, which was established in 1974. According to the IUCN, there were 6,555 national parks worldwide in 2006 that meet its criteria. In 2013, the IUCN met again, led by chairman Harrison Lee, and planned to revise the parameters of defining a national park. The formal meeting is expected to occur December 14, 2013, in Europe.

National parks are almost always open to visitors. Most national parks provide outdoor recreation and camping opportunities as well as classes designed to educate the public on the importance of conservation and the natural wonders of the land in which the national park is located.

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  • Banff National Park - Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains, Calgary, Alberta.
  • European bison in Białowieża Forest.
  • BiaŁowieŻa NATIONAL PARK - ancient woodland that straddles the border between two countries, Belarus and Poland. It is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primaeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain.
  • Big Bend National Park - Texas, U.S.A.
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kanungu District, Uganda.
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Kanungu District, Uganda. The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds (such as hornbills and turacos). It is perhaps most notable for the 340 Bwindi gorillas, half the world's population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas.
  • Canyonlands National Park - Utah, U.S.A.
  • Crater Lake National Park - Oregon, U.S.A.
  • Death Valley National Park - California, Nevada, U.S.A.
  • Denali National Park and Preserve - Alaska, U.S.A.
  • El Yunque National Forest - Puerto Rico.
  • Everglades National Park - national park in the U.S. state of Florida that protects the southern 20 percent of the original Everglades. In the United States, it is the largest subtropical wilderness, the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River, and is visited on average by one million people each year. It is the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states after Death Valley and Yellowstone.
  • Glacier National Park (Canada) - established in 1886, the park includes a portion of the Columbia Mountains.
  • Glacier National Park (U.S.) - located in the U.S. state of Montana, south from the Canadian borders of Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Gorkhi-Terelj National Park - Mongolia.
  • Grand Canyon National Park.
  • GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - Arizona, U.S.A. The park's central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, which is often considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park - Colorado, U.S.A.
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park - Hawaii, U.S.A.
  • IguazÚ National Park - Province of Misiones, Argentina.
  • Jotunheimen National Park - Jotunheimen, Norway.
  • Keoladeo National Park - Ghana, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 302001, India. Famous avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds especially during the summer season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species,7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park - Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. The park includes the whole of Mount Kilimanjaro above the tree line and the surrounding montane forest belt above 1,820 metres (5,970 ft).
  • Kootenay NATIONAL PARK - British Columbia, Canada in the Canadian Rockies.
  • KRUGER NATIONAL PARK - Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, South Africa.
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Kenya.
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park - over 17 million acres. Colorado Plateau: western Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, southern and eastern Utah, and northern Arizona, U.S.A.
  • Nahanni National Park Reserve - Dehcho Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. There are several different landforms in the park that have taken millions of years to form, and give it a diversity not seen in any other national park in Canada. Sediment left by an ancient inland sea 500-200 million years ago had since become pressed into layers of rock.
  • PERLIS STATE PARK - Malaysia.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park - the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface.
  • Purnululu National Park - Kimberley region of Western Australia.
  • Ahu Akivi moai that face the ocean in Rapa Nui National Park.
  • Rapa Nui National Park - located on Easter Island, Chile. The island is located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern extremity of the Polynesian Triangle. The island was taken over by Chile in 1888. Its fame and World Heritage status arise from the 887 extant stone statues known by the name "moai", whose creation is attributed to the early Rapa Nui people who inhabited the island around 300 AD.
  • Redwood National & State Parks.
  • Redwood National & State Parks - located in the United States, along the coast of northern California. The four parks, together, protect 45% of all remaining coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) old-growth forests, totaling at least 38,982 acres (157.75 km2). These trees are the tallest and one of the most massive tree species on Earth. Redwoods have existed along the coast of northern California for at least 20 million years and are related to tree species that existed 160 million years ago. Coast redwoods are the tallest trees on Earth; as of September 2006, the tallest tree in the park was Hyperion at 379.1 feet (115.5 m), followed by Helios and Icarus which were 376.3 feet (114.7 m) and 371.2 feet (113.1 m) respectively.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado, U.S.A.
  • Serengeti National Park, Mara Region, Tanzania.
  • The Emerald Lake at Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu District, New Zealand.
  • Tongariro National Park - the oldest national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island. The fourth national park established in the world (October 1887). The active volcanic mountains Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro are located in the centre of the park.
  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park.
  • Udzungwa Mountains National Park - Tanzania.
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - Northern Territory, Australia. Location of a world-renowned sandstone monolith, which stands 348 metres in height and bears various inscriptions made by ancestral indigenous peoples.
  • Virunga National Park - province of North-Kivu and Orientale province, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, U.S.A.
  • Yoho National Park - located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains along the western slope of the Continental Divide in southeastern British Columbia.
  • Yosemite National Park.
  • Yosemite National Park - Tuolumne, Mariposa & Madera counties, California, U.S.A. Internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. Yosemite was central to the development of the national park idea.
  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China.
  • Zhangjiajie National Forest Park - "China's National Park." Unique national forest park located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province in the People's Republic of China. In 1982 it was recognized as China's first national forest park with an area of 4,810 ha (11,900 acres). Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is part of a much larger 397.5 sq. km (153.5 sq mi) Wulingyuan Scenic Area. In 1992, Wulingyuan was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most notable geographic features of the park are the pillar-like formations that are seen throughout the park. They are the result of many years of erosion. The weather is moist year round, and as a result, the foliage is very dense. Much of the erosion which forms these pillars are the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants which grow on them. These formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings. It became internationally renown since the release of the 2009 movie Avatar. The movie was filmed in these mountains, more specifically, the Hallelujah Mountain (of Avatar) was filmed there and the movie’s editing team simply added the mountains in post-production to make them look like they are floating in the air.
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