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Five Characteristics

Because we made this ranking order based on our own preferences, we've highlighted five main characteristics from each park so that you can form your own opinions.

Read on to look at each location's entrance cost, size, main geographical features, climate, and common wildlife.

Redwoods

  • Cost: Free
  • Size: 131,983 acres
  • Geography: Coast, Forest
  • Climate: Misty 40-60 degrees
  • Wildlife: Deer, elk, black bears

Glacier

  • Cost: $25
  • Size: 1,013,322 acres
  • Geography: Mountains, Lakes
  • Climate: Variable climate
  • Wildlife: Grizzly bears, deer

Yosemite

  • Cost: $30
  • Size: 761,266 acres
  • Geography: Mountains, Forest
  • Climate: Mild 40-70 degrees
  • Wildlife: Black bears, sheep

Sequoia

  • Cost: $20
  • Size: 404,064 acres
  • Geography: Forest, Mountains
  • Climate: Variable climate
  • Wildlife: Deer, fish, black bears

Grand Canyon

  • Cost: $25
  • Size: 1,217,403 acres
  • Geography: Canyon, Desert
  • Climate: Hot days/cold nights
  • Wildlife: Deer, mountain lions