Amid rainy evenings and vast expanses of trees in Portland, Oregon, lies a beautiful 5.5-acre space known as Portland’s Japanese gardens. Considered the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, these gardens attract thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. The park, which has existed for nearly 50 years, contains five different Japanese gardens: the Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, the Natural Garden, the Tea Garden and the Sand and Stone Garden.
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For many Fins, Nuuksio National Park provides the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby Helsinki. Home to many endangered or near-threatened species of flora and fauna (namely the illustrious Siberian flying squirrel), Nuuksio is a refuge for eccentric critters and weary city dwellers alike. And with views like the one above, it’s no surprise as to why.
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its stunning spread of natural landforms ranging from glaciers to canyons to even fossils.
At 277 miles in length, the Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Located between the Kenyan and Tanzanian border, Amboseli National Park is one of the best wildlife viewing experiences in the world, especially for avian acolytes. Within its 151 square mile region, you can behold over 400 different species of bird!
While the South Dakotan national park provides mile after mile of jagged buttes, pinnacles and spires sure to astonish any visitor, it grants even more to its flora and fauna. Presently, Badlands National Park preserves the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States and the wellbeing of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land animal in North America.