How to Visit the 10 Best National Parks in Romania [2023] (2023)

Romania has no less than 30 national parks with acres and acres of old-growth forest treasures waiting for you to explore during your trip to Romania.

Romania’s national parks are all on the UNESCO World Heritage site list or in the UNESCO “Man and Biosphere” program and are some of the most astonishing European national parks, known for their wilderness, secular forests and rich wildlife.

No wonder Romania has been called Europe’s last wilderness reserve and there are 3 documentaries that show breathtaking natural landscapes and the many animals species that live in our country:
•Untamed Romania
•Wild Romania
•Wild Carpathia

So in this article we’re going to highlight the most beautiful national parks in Romania, how to visit them and prepare for your trip.

Be sure to check our guide on how to visit Romania for the first time for more practical info on that.

Table of contents

  • National parks vs natural parks in Romania: what’s the difference?
  • 1. Bucegi Natural Park
  • 2. Piatra Craiului National Park
  • 3. The Retezat National Park
  • 5. Ceahlau National Park
  • 6. Domogled - Valea Cernei National Park
  • 7. The Rodnei National Park
  • 8. Builă-Vânturărița
  • 9 Porțile de Fier
  • 10. Calimani National Park
  • Bonus: Danube Delta

National parks vs natural parks in Romania: what’s the difference?

As you read about Romania’s natural attractions, you may come across two terminologies:

  1. natural parks (e.g. Bucegi Natural Park, Apuseni Natural Park)
  2. national parks (e.g. Retezat National Park, Piatra Craiului National Park)

Few countries distinguish between parks and natural areas in this way, which is mainly an administrative issue, so what’s the difference?

  • What is a national park in Romania?

A national park is a protected area on a large piece of land within well-defined legal borders. They are known for their exceptionally and recognized for their

Two important aspects are that the land must be owned by the state and that the park is a mountainous region.

There are 14 national parks in Romania and the most popular ones are:

  1. Piatra Craiului
  2. Retezat National Park
  3. Nera Gorge (Cheile Nerei)
  4. the Danube Delta with Letea Forest (the oldest natural reserve in Romania)
  5. Călimani National Park,
  6. and Cheile Bicazului (Bicaz Gorges).
  • What is a natural park in Romania?

A natural park is a slightly smaller yet similarly well-defined protected land area with impressive natural, historical, and cultural traits. Conservation and durable development play an important role here.

Locals are allowed to live off the land here and exploit it for subsistence as long as they don’t damage or alter the ecosystem. Human activity is very well-regulated, but it needs to fit in well with the natural setting they are part of.

There are 16 natural parks in Romania and the most popular ones are:

  1. Bucegi
  2. Apuseni
  3. Văcărești Delta in Bucharest
  4. Porțile de Fier (Iron Gates) on the Danube River
  5. the Mehedinți Plateau

So in fact… there’s no major difference between them other than for administrative and legal purposes.

But for outdoor enthusiasts passionate about hiking, nature, wildlife, conservation and good times in nature – they’re the same!

That’s why in this article we’re going to ignore this distinction and include both on our list of the ten best national parks to visit in Romania.

Of the 30 parks we used several criteria – other than the beauty of their nautral landscapes – on a scale 1-10 (highest positive rating) to decide which ones to include and make it easier for you to decide which ones to visit:

  1. tourist attractions which includes natural attractions of any kind, things to do and hiking trails
  2. biodiversity based on the number of plant and animal species that can be found here (of all types, shapes and sizes)
  3. accessibility which refers to how convenient it is to get there (by public transport or car), accommodation options in the area, tourist info points and ease of visiting the park

As you will see, most national parks in Romania have lots of tourist attractions, have moderate biodiversity but, unfortunately, score very low on accessibility.

Two main reasons for that. First, Romania’s tourist potential (including cultural heritage and historic attractions) is severely underdeveloped and underfunded, which is why our country has very few tourist numbers compared to Bulgaria or Hungary, despite having much more to offer.

Second, public transport in Romania (roads in rural areas or mountainous region and connections through train and busses) is, once again, severely underdeveloped and a constant complaint against our politicians. So renting a car or going with a hiking guide who knows the roads well is your best choice.

But if you have any questions, want to customize one of our hiking tours or need help with planning your trip, don’t hesitate to contact us – we’re happy to help!

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1. Bucegi Natural Park

Bucegi Natural park is probably one of the most popular tourist attractions in Romania and one of the most beautiful national parks. Rating:

  1. tourist attractions: 9
  2. biodiversity: 4
  3. accessibility: 8
  • Location: Located in South-Central Romania, North of Bucharest and South of Brasov; easily accessible by cable car from Sinaia or Busteni, or on hiking trails from Bran, Moeciu and Fundata villages on the Western side of the massif

The protected area partly overlaps with Bucegi Mountains (check our full guide for more info) and has a size of 32,500 hectares.

It has an impressive geological profile with a large variety of natural rock formations such as The Old Ladies (Babele) or the popular Romanian Sphinx. Because there are many folk legends about both of these and they’re easily accessible by cable car, Bucegi Mountains is a popular hiking destination from Bucharest.

1 or 2 Day Hiking Trip in Bucegi Mountains: Sphinx, Babele, Omu Peak

Start from: Bucharest OR Brasov

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There are many caves, keys, gorges, waterfalls and hiking trails of varying altitudes and difficulty levels going from 800 to 2,500 meters.

Most of the trails are well signaled, and unless you travel under difficult weather conditions, too late or too early in the day, many other people will likely be hiking in this natural area.

The most popular trail is Jepii Mari, a 3–4-hour hike to the Bucegi plateau, where you can see the rock formations and recharge at the gaze of some of the most amazing landscapes. On a sunny weather day you can see Prahova Valley below.

The highest peak is called Omu and it reaches an altitude of 2,505m which is accessible for medium experienced hikers and people with an average physical condition.

Another popular hiking trip is to hike across Bucegi Mountains from East to West, going from Prahova Valley and descending into Rucar-Bran valley on the other side through Strunga Saddle, a popular and challenging route.

2 Day Hiking Trip in Bucegi Mts from Sinaia to Bran: Sphinx, Babele, Omu Peak

Start from: Brasov or Sinaia or Busteni

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The Bucegi Natural Park is a sanctuary for several animals and plant species. The brown bear and roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) are quite numerous here.

  • Warning: bears are a frequent sighting in the area. That’s why we highly recommend going with a that knows what to do in unexpected encounters and is equipped with pepper spray.

At the base of Bucegi Mountains on the Bucharest – Brașov route you’ll find some of the most famous mountain resorts in Romania such as Bușteni, Sinaia and Predeal. These are also the most popular ski resorts in Romania where you’ll find cable cars and gondolas up to Bucegi plateau.

These resorts have accommodations for all types of budgets, are accessible by car or by train (there is a train station in every resort) and they’re packed with restaurants and stores filled with anything a tourist might need, including mountain equipment and clothes for various weather conditions.

More comfortable than wild, Bucegi Mountains also has several accommodation options deep in the mountains: Piatra Arsa Hotel, Cabana Omu and Cabana Padina to name a few.

2. Piatra Craiului National Park

Unmistakable thanks to its limestone ridge, in my opinion this is the most beautiful national park in Romania and a must for outdoor enthusiasts. Rating:

  1. tourist attractions: 9
  2. biodiversity: 10
  3. accessibility: 6
  • Location: Piatra Craiului National Park is in the center of the country, close to Brasov. With a size of 14,766 hectares it has two official natural sites with strict access conditions. You have access points from the town of Zarnesti and Podul Dambovitei.

This is probably the best place to go hiking in Romania as there are trails suitable for anyone, no matter your physical fitness, hiking experience or interests. Trails range from 800m to 2,236m, go through forests, meadows, picturesque villages, valleys and all the way up to the crest.

Natural attractions to visit here: Zarnesti Gorges (basically the entry point into the park), Bat caves, picturesque mountain villages (Măgura, Peștera, Sirnea, Ciocanu), the many rock formations and the spectacular limestone ridge.

With its unique scenery and impressive ridge, Piatra Craiului attracts hikers from all over the country and the world. The most popular hiking trails go through Zarnesti Gorges and lead to Curmătura Chalet (the only cabin in the high mountains).

1, 2 or 3 Days Hiking Tour in Piatra Craiului National Park

Start from: Brasov

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The highest peak is called La Om or Piscul Baciului and reaches 2,236m. Getting to the limestone ridge is a worthwhile objective and crossing it needs one full day and will be a real mountaineering adventure since it’s 25km long!

That’s why the trail suitable only for experienced hikers not afraid of technical sections and hiking on rock paths. But being on the highest limestone ridge in the country, surrounded by the vast empty skies with breathtaking views is quite an experience!

Piatra Craiului National Park is also known for its huge flora and fauna biodiversity. Numerous plant species and wild flowers, over 200 mushrooms, beautiful butterflies and a large number of small animals and species of birds will keep you company during your hike. You may also spot red deer, chamois or a brown bear!

  • Local tip: a good idea if you want to admire nature in its prime is is to take Șaua Joaca trail in Spring when it is filled with crocus flowers.

You can get to Piatra Craiului by traveling from Bucharest, Brasov or Sibiu. There are numerous mountain villages in the area with plenty of guesthouses, the most notable being Magura and Pestera which are an ideal place to experience traditional Romanian rural life. But without a car these are difficult to access and locals don’t speak English.

On the other side on the Western side of Bucegi Mountains is Bran, another popular resort in the area also home to Bran Castle. Then there are the villages of Moeciu and Fundata. Here you’ll find lots of accommodation options ranging from hotels, villas, apartments, B&Bs and numerous restaurants and shops. These are quite touristy, crowded and tacky for our taste, but sometimes more convenient.

3. The Retezat National Park

With its combination of rocky scenery, thick forest areas (the park is home to the last virgin forest in Europe) and many glacial lakes, Retezat Mountains are a unique combination of wild, least accessible and pristine beauty. A mountaineer’s paradise!

  1. tourist attractions: 5
  2. biodiversity: 8
  3. accessibility: 2
  • Location: The oldest national park in Romania with a size of 38.138 hectares is situated in the Southwestern region of the country, in Hunedoara County and is part of the Southern Carpathians.

Due to its spectacular beauty, raw wilderness and close to 0 human intervention (and life), the park is known as one of Romania’s natural wonders and one of the important protected areas in our country.

Because they’re so inaccessible they haven’t been subjected to illegal logging yet so most of its old-growth forest is well reserved.

The highest peak in Retezat Mountains is Peleaga at 2,505 meters and its summit offers spectacular views. You can reach the summit in a one day hiking trip from Timisoara if you’ve got an above average physical condition and decent hiking experience.

Retezat National Park is also home to many glacial lakes and the lakes circuit hiking trail is very popular for this reason. It also includes Bucura Lake, the largest in Romania boasting a serene view you won’t want to let go of!

Another reason why this is one of Romania’s most important protected areas is because it’s the home to many wild animals – up to 55 species of mammals and over 100 bird species! There is probably no better place – and dangerous! - to go hiking and run into wild animals such as brown bears, wolves (Canis lupus), wild boar, red deer, lynxes and the golden eagle.

Unfortunately, Retezat National Park one of the least accessible in the country. The closest city nearby is Timisoara and there are hiking day trips you can do from here. The most popular access point is from the small town of Calnic close in the North of the park, in the Hateg region.

There are surrounding the park, mostly B&Bs in small villages accessible only by cars. And in the park itself there’s no place to stay! So this is the perfect place for a camping expedition – and your only option - if you want to do multi-day trails like the lakes circuit.

H. 4. Cheile Nerei – Beușnița National Park

No mountains here – except for the longest gorges in the country, 22 km to be precise! In this protected area you’ll discover a natural oasis like nowhere else.

  1. tourist attractions: 6
  2. biodiversity: 8
  3. accessibility: 3
  • Location: In the South-Western part of the country in Caraș Severin county, in the mountainous region of the Anina mountains.

With a size of 36,758 hectares and high altitudes of 500 meters, the Nera Gorges are the main attraction of this national park.

The deeper you go into the gorges, the wilder it becomes and you have a chance of coming across horned vipers (especially during Spring), scorpions, or even lynxes. The more touristy areas of the protected area are ideal for mountain biking, rappelling, speleology, canyoning, rafting, zip-lining and even horseback riding if you’re experienced enough.

Another popular tourist attraction close to this nature reserve is Ochiul Beiului lake sometimes called Devil’s Eye due to its unusual green-ish colour. The best time to see the lake is during Spring and Autumn when the nearby rivers fill it up.

Magical Hike in Nera-Beusnita National Park to Ochiul Beiului Lake

Start from: Timisoara

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You can visit this area on a day trip from Timisoara, the closest major city. If you want to spend more time here then you can look for accommodation in the town of Orșova, the closest one which can also be reached by train and bus.

5. Ceahlau National Park

The Ceahlau ecosystem is typical of the Carpathian mountains with wonderfully old-growth forests, high alpine pastures with juniper trees and natural monuments.

  1. tourist attractions: 6
  2. biodiversity: 6
  3. accessibility: 5
  • Location: In the Northeast of the country, in Neamț County (Moldova region), in the Eastern Carpathian range.

Though smaller in size compared to the other parks in a mountainous region with a little over 7000 hectares, this is the perfect place for when you want to get lost in nature bosom and just be with your thoughts, relax and reconnect.

It is home to the same animal species that inhabit the rest of the Carpathian mountains, like lynxes, wolves, red deer and the typical brown bear (Ursus Arctos).

The highest massif in the park is Toaca Peak at 1904 meters, while Ocolașu Mare is the highest limestone ridge in Ceahlău mountains at 1,907 meters. There are 8 main marked trails here and to get in this protected area you need to pay a small tax to the park administration.

The park rangers are known to be very helpful and can give you good advice about the area, trails and terrain conditions.

One of the most popular trails will take you up to Fântânele Cabin and then Dochia Cabin and descend by Duruitoarea Waterfall. Making the trip the other way around is grueling but this is something only a hiking guide or the park ranger can tell you.

Other than hiking, popular tourist attractions nearby include the spectacular Bicaz Gorges which are also accessible by car and the Red Lake.

The typical starting point for most trails is in the mountain resort of Durău which is unfortunately accessible only by car. The closest nearby city is Piatra Neamt but I’m not sure if there’s any bus that will take you there. A custom hiking trip from Brasov is your best choice.

6. Domogled - Valea Cernei National Park

Location: in the Southern Carpathians, part of the Retezat Godeanu mountain range, and in the Southwestern part of Romania, close to the Serbian border.
Size: 61,211 hectares
Description of the park: Tourists can see caves, sinkholes, waterfalls (Vânturatoarea waterfall is the most impressive), pit caves, they can hike up the Moraru peak at 2279 meters altitude of the Retezat Mountains. There is also the Cerna River and the river basin, giving the park a variety of natural wonders, and the perfect habitats for different species of vegetation and animals, wild boar, wolves, red deer, and lynxes among them, and making it worth the visit all year round.
Other activities the area is known for are extreme sports such as river rafting and traversing via ferrata, a challenging route for rock climbing, done with the help of cables and rungs.
Closest city and most popular tours: Timișoara is only 2-3 hours away, and it is a beautiful city to visit. It has its own airport, train station, and it is well connected to some of the most famous tourist attractions in the area.

7. The Rodnei National Park

Location: In the Northern part of the country, in Bistrița Năsăud county, situated in the Eastern Carpathians
Size: 46,599 hectares
Description of the park: Pietrosu Peak is the tallest one in the park, situated at 2,303 meters altitude, but there are up to 19 trails in the area. Natural features of the park include caves, crevasses, forests, valleys, mountain springs, and moraines. People going up to Peak Ineu could also visit Lake Lala, one of the largest glacial lakes in the area.

The wilder and further trails you plan on taking may lead to encounters with some of the famous wildlife predators like brown bears, wild boars, gray wolves, lynx, and eagles. Wildlife sightings include badgers, chamois, roedeer, and wild boars (Sus scrofa).

Among the most popular activities, we have horseback riding, cycling, and hiking, all used to explore the splendor of this part of the Carpathian mountains.

Closest city and most popular tours: The Rodna National Park is close to the Borșa Baths in Maramureș County and to the Sângeorz Baths in Bistrița Năsăud County. Both of them are top-rated and comfortable resorts. And since you are in the area, we strongly recommend visiting Maramureș.

8. Builă-Vânturărița

Location: Situated in the central-northern part of Vâlcea County, in the center of the country, in the Căpățânii Mountains of the Parâng Massif.

Size: 4186 hectares – the smallest national park in Romania

Description of the park: The highest peak is at Vânturărița Mare at 1885 meters altitude. It is a habitat for several species of large carnivores, such as brown bears, wolves, and lynxes, living alongside other animals and an impressive number of species of birds.

Tourists can opt for no less than 19 trails. Some will take them to the Trovants, a sight unique in the world, meaning the “rocks that grow. If you are into rock climbing, you have five climbing areas with up to 150 options making them the best places to do this, mainly in the Olănești Gorges, the Cheii Gorges, and Bistrița Gorges.

Closest city and most popular tours: The Park is situated in the vicinity of the Olănești Baths and Horezu in Râmnicu Valcea, resorts known for their ties with rural tourism and exquisite items like pots, blouses, and rugs, among other things done by skilled artisans. The closest large city is Râmnicu Valcea, where you can find beautiful and fancy hotels and anything you need to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

9 Porțile de Fier

Location: In the southwestern part of Romania, along the Danube, at the state border with Serbia.

Size: 115,666-hectare

Description of the park: the Iron Gates National Park is unique as it hosts the longest gorge in Europe, the Danube gorge, of 134 km. The area is very diverse as hectares of forests cover half of it, there is the Danube, and the southern part of the Locvei and Almajului mountains. The climate is Mediterranean-like, home to thousands of animals and plant species. Some of the most popular activities in the area are hiking, cruising on the Danube River, fishing, hunting, canoeing, biking, bird watching, and hunting.

Closest city and most popular tours: The Iron Gates National Park is at the crossroads of two Romanian regions, Oltenia and Banat. It can be accessed from Caraș Severin and Mehedinți, but the closest city is Orșova.

10. Calimani National Park

Location: Located on the Northern side of the Eastern Carpathians, the Calimani mountains and the national park can be accessed through the Counties of Bistrița, Mureș, and Suceava.

Size: 24, 566 hectares

Description of the park: Wondering what it would feel like walking in the traces of a volcano. Then visit the Calimani National Park (Parcul National Calimani). The Pietrosu Călimani is the highest peak in the Călimani Mountains and is the highest massif in the Romanian volcanic chain, standing at an elevation of 2100 meters. Apart from massive eruptive rocks, due to the natural erosion process in the volcanic plateau, you can now visit the 12 Apostles (Cei 12 Apostoli), Red Stones (Pietrele Roșii), and the Nefertiti geological reserves. But the volcanic scenery is not the only thing about Călimani that makes the area breathtaking. There is also the Tihu waterfall or the Retitiș peak, from which you can see the Ceahlău mountains, and, on a clear day, you can see as far as the Făgăraș Mountains.

Bonus: Danube Delta

Location: Southeastern part of Romania, in Tulcea County

Size: 679,000 hectares – making it the largest national park in Romania

Description of the park: The Delta is a natural celebration of the Danube River flowing into the Black Sea. In doing so, it creates a unique ecosystem; the Danube Delta is the second largest delta in Europe, and it is made up of lakes, dunes, coasts, lagoons, reed beds, unaltered rivers, steppes, marshes, and climax forests. Over 300 bird species and 45 freshwater fish have their natural habitats here, most protected by law as many are endangered species.

Tourists in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve can visit, fish, relax, go bird watching and canoeing, sunbathe, and find balance in a natural setting.

Closest city and most popular tours: The closest city in the Delta is Tulcea. But you can find accommodation in a variety of resorts and small villages as most of the people in the Delta live off fishing and tourism.


What is the most beautiful national park in Romania? ›

Retezat National park is the oldest and the most beautiful national park in Romania. It is situated in the western part of the Southern Carpathians and due to its great biodiversity, it is a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

How do I start exploring national parks? ›

Tips to Get You Started
  1. Most national parks don't even charge an entrance fee. ...
  2. Find A Park gets you where you want to go. ...
  3. Check out park maps and National Park System maps.
  4. Once you've decided where you're headed, check out the park's online Plan Your Visit section.
Nov 4, 2019

Which national park should I visit first? ›

Yellowstone National Park: As the world's first national park, officially established in 1872, this is an obvious choice. I also included it because I have never been to any of the three states the park touches (Idaho, Montana and Wyoming).

Which national parks would be the hardest to visit? ›

The 5 Hardest National Parks to Visit
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park.
  • Dry Tortugas National Park.
  • Isle Royale National Park.
  • Katmai National Park and Preserve.
  • Kobuk Valley National Park.
Sep 22, 2022

What is the best way to visit the national parks? ›

The National Park Guide
  1. Choose the right time to go. The time of year to go visit the national parks depends on a few things. ...
  2. Bring the proper gear. ...
  3. Book ahead of time. ...
  4. Plan your time in the park. ...
  5. Choose to camp, but plan for one night at a lodge. ...
  6. Befriend the park rangers. ...
  7. Get appy. ...
  8. Consider a guided tour.

How long do you need to spend in each national park? ›

Whether you are visiting one park or several, plan on spending at least one day in each park, with 2-3 days planned for larger and more popular parks such as Yellowstone and Glacier. Make sure you leave half a day to a full day of travel between your chosen parks.

How much does it cost to get into most national parks? ›

Surprisingly the majority of United States National Park units are free to enter all year long. Only 116 of the 419 National Park Service units charge any sort of entrance fee. Admission to these parks can range from $5 per person to $35 per vehicle.

What is the prettiest national park? ›

Most Beautiful National Parks in the USA
  • Yellowstone National Park. ...
  • Grand Teton National Park. ...
  • Glacier National Park. ...
  • Grand Canyon National Park. ...
  • Denali National Park. ...
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ...
  • Acadia National Park. ...
  • Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
Dec 3, 2020

What month is best for national park? ›

Most American parks are ideal in late September and October: it's warm but not too hot, kids are back in school, there are lower accommodation rates and most trails and restaurants still open before the winter season kicks in.

What is the 2 most visited national park? ›

The Most-Visited National Parks in 2022
Rank (2022)National ParkExact Visitation
1Great Smoky Mountains National Park12,937,633
2Grand Canyon National Park4,732,101
3Zion National Park4,692,417
4Rocky Mountain National Park4,300,424
6 more rows
Mar 13, 2023

What is the least popular national park? ›

National Park of American Samoa: The least-visited US national park in 2022 saw just 1,887 visits. Most visitors will need a passport to travel to American Samoa. 2. Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Alaska: This vast park contains no roads or trails.

What is the lowest rated national park? ›

The lowest rated (or worst) national park in America is Gateway Arch National Park in Missouri. Why is it even a national park?

What is the most expensive national park? ›

Save even more by visiting the most-expensive parks:

Glacier National Park, Montana. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California.

What is the most visited place in Romania? ›

Sibiu city is one of the most visited places by tourists in Romania. Throughout the country of Romania, Sibiu is famous for its well-preserved ancient sites.

Can Americans drive in Romania? ›

U.S. citizens who wish to drive in Romania must have an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to the valid U.S. state drivers' license (DL). If you reside in Romania you may exchange your U.S. driver's license with a Romanian driver's license.

Where do rich people in Romania live? ›

Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and the richest capital and city in the region, surpassing Budapest a few years ago.

What city in Romania has the most beautiful woman? ›

The research also suggests that Romania's most beautiful women are to be found in Bucharest, Iasi and Cluj-Napoca.

What is Romania best known for? ›

Romania is famous mainly for its Dracula legend, stunning castles, and charming old towns. There is also a strong sense of cultural identity which is reinforced by the delicious traditional foods and unique urban legends.

Is going to national parks expensive? ›

National park entrance fees can easily cost over $30 per park, but there are many opportunities to get in for free.

How much does it cost to stay in a national park? ›

Budgeting for Staying in National Parks

Staying and camping in National Parks costs around $15-25 for a site. We tried to stay in the National Parks campgrounds when possible to be closer to the trails and sites we wanted to see.

Is it possible to visit every national park? ›

Is it possible to visit all the national parks? Yes, but it takes time and money. It took the Goldsteins six years.

How many nights can you stay in a national park? ›

Visitors are welcome to stay in the park up to 14 consecutive nights in either a front or backcountry site, with a limit of 28 total nights in the park in a calendar year. Campers can occupy a specific site up to 14 total nights in a year.

Are national parks in the US free? ›

Most national parks are always free to enter. Only about 100 of the 400+ national parks have an entrance fee. For parks with an entrance fee, the cost ranges from $5 to $35 and the money remains in the National Park Service, with 80-100% staying in the park where collected.

How many national parks are in the US? ›

The National Park System encompasses 424 national park sites in the United States. They span across more than 84 million acres, with parks in each state and extending into the territories, including parks in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.

Which US state has the best national parks? ›

State With Most National Parks

California is the state with the most national parks. Boasting a total of nine national parks, California offers an extraordinary range of outdoor experiences.

Which state has the best national parks? ›

What Is the State With the Most National Parks? That state with the most national parks is California, with nine of the nation's 61 national parks within its borders. The total acreage of these nine national parks in California is more than 6.3 million acres.

Will the national parks be less crowded in September? ›

Visiting the National Parks in September

After Labor Day, crowds get lower in the national parks, now that kids are back in school. During September, you can visit almost any national park and have a great experience. The parks in the northern half of the USA are still relatively warm and the roads are still open.

What month is Yellowstone National Park? ›

The best months to visit Yellowstone are April, September, and October. These “off season” months provide more chances to catch a glimpse of the local wildlife and enjoy thinner crowds. Bears emerge from hibernation between March and April, migrating birds arrive just before May, and the elk rut begins mid-September.

Is October a good time to visit national parks? ›

October is a great month to visit some of the most popular American National Parks, especially the ones that are too hot in the summer and those that are famous for their fall colors. Furthermore, it's a shoulder season with very few tourists and lower prices.

What is America's most visited park? ›

Top 10 most visited NPS sites in 2022
  • Yellowstone National Park, 3.29 million.
  • Joshua Tree National Park, 3.06 million.
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 2.913 million.
  • Glacier National Park, 2.908 million.
  • 331 better chances at some solitude.
  • Types of parks people visit.
  • Astounding stats from the NPS.
Mar 1, 2023

What is the most visited country in the world? ›

France is the most visited country in the world with 117,109,000 international tourists, thanks to its rich history and iconic landmarks. Mexico comes in second for most visited countries, with 51,128,000 tourists, offering vibrant culture and stunning natural beauty.

Which national park has the largest tree? ›

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks boast many of the world's largest trees by volume. The General Sherman Tree is the largest in the world at 52,508 cubic feet (1,487 cubic meters).

What is the most beautiful mountain in Romania? ›

Piatra Varful Peak, Semenic Mountains

The most iconic peak of the range with the same name - the Semenic Mountains - in the region of Banat is the Semenic...

Which is the most beautiful park? ›

Yellowstone National Park, USA

It was established in 1872 and is known for its geysers, wild animals and breathtaking landscapes.

What is the biggest natural park in Romania? ›

Located in the eastern part of Romania, the Danube Delta is the largest national park in the country.

Which national park is worth visiting? ›

These are the most visited National Parks in the United States, sorted by popularity.
1Great Smoky Mountains National Park12 M
2Grand Canyon National Park6.2 M
3Rocky Mountain National Park4.6 M
4Zion National Park4.4 M
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What is the best time to visit Romania? ›

The best time to visit Romania is from April to October when the weather is pleasant for enjoying the Transylvanian countryside and the cities like Bucharest. Spring and autumn offer breathtaking views across the castle-studded region.

Why is Romania so famous? ›

Romania is famous for its many natural wonders and landscapes, such as the Carpathian Mountains and Danube Delta. The country is also a great place to explore culture, with its ancient churches, castles, monasteries, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

What is the most famous park? ›

Possibly one of the most famous parks in the world, Central Park ranks alongside the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty as a symbol of New York City. Not only was Central park the first public park in America, but it's also the most visited – with over 25-million visitors each year.

What is the oldest forest in Romania? ›

Morciar Forest

The oldest forest in the country, Mociar Forest is located near the city of Reghin, on a marshy soil. Oak trees more than 500 years old, with massive trunks, dominate the landscape.

What is the largest nature park in the USA? ›

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve may be the largest national park in the U.S., but some of its neighbors aren't too far behind. In fact, seven of the 10 biggest national parks can be found in Alaska.

What is the smallest Romanian village? ›

Gărâna. A small village in the Banat region, Gărâna is a village with German roots. Founded in 1828 by the German colonists who arrived in the Banat region, the village is the smallest one in the country.


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