Top 10 U.S. National Parks for Wildlife


A brown bear hunts for fish in a stream in Katmai National Park. Photographed by Chase Dekker.

The United States was the first country back in the 1800’s to come up with the idea of protecting environmentally significant places for the future. Today, the U.S. has 59 national parks, and many offer the opportunity to find some of North America’s greatest wildlife. Below is a list of the top ten national parks where you are guaranteed to see and photograph a bounty of wildlife. To make this list, I took a few things into account:

  • Wildlife diversity

  • Accessibility

  • Photo opportunities (backgrounds for wildlife, scenery, etc.)

  • Chances of actually finding wildlife

  • Crowds

10) Everglades National Park, Florida

Everglades National Park is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States, making every inch of its protected habitat extremely precious. The Everglades is home to over 360 species of birds, American alligators and crocodiles, sea turtles, and around 40 species of mammal including manatees and Florida panthers. The park isn’t the easiest to get around, but the abundance of unique wildlife that cannot be found elsewhere in North America give the Everglades a spot on this list.

9) Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Over 3.3 million acres of coastal rainforests, mountains, icebergs, and of course, glaciers, make up this national park in Southeast Alaska. While this park is not extremely accessible outside of taking a large cruise ship, the rewards for those th