The world's best national parks
A short hike from downtown Manzanillo, Costa Rica, will get you to this beautiful point in the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. (Courtesy Jon Nichols)

What are the "must-see" international parks?
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The world's best national parks

America may have established the first national park – Yellowstone, in 1872 – but you can find beautiful national parks across the globe.


Governments around the world have established thousands of protected areas in support of wildlife conservation, natural beauty and ecotourism, from the Galápagos Islands west of Ecuador to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.


Have you visited a national park outside the U.S.? Where's the best park to take in breathtaking scenery? Climb a mountain? Be wowed by wildlife? Show us the most beautiful national parks you've visited around the world.


Upload your favorite original images (horizontal, high-resolution photos are best), and tell us what made the park so special.


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30 of the world's best national parks

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