National Parks like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Looking for an otherworldly vacation this summer? These National Parks are just the ticket for a magical getaway. Plus the benefits of being in nature are huge!

From waterfalls and glaciers to lakes and jungles, they each showcase the unparalleled beauty of our planet. And these amazing topographical maps give a unique glimpse into their splendor.

Banff National Park

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A Fresh Look at†the World’s Most Popular Parks

Of course, the best way to celebrate how truly special these destinations are is to visit them in person. You canít appreciate the magnitude or beauty of a place by looking at a picture. We all know that.

But what if you canít get there right now? Maybe you donít have enough vacation time or itís the kidsí turn to choose what to do this summer and they voted for Disneyland (again).

While still not as good as the real deal, these topographic maps for eight of the worldís most popular parks offer a more imaginative perspective than your usual 2D photograph.

My only gripe†with the series is that it doesnít include Table Mountain National Park. Iíd really liked to have seen a topographic map of Cape Town’s†natural wonder.

benefits of being in nature

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The Health Benefits of Being in Nature

For dyed-in-the-wool couch potatoes, the thought of actually setting foot outside can be daunting. (Those series on Netflix arenít going to watch themselves.) I hate to break it to you, but watching Planet Earth on TV doesnít count as being in nature.

I get it though, you need more than the word of some freelance writer to make you go outside. Well, it turns out there are actually†scientifically-backed health benefits to†being in nature.

Among other things, getting outside can improve your eye health, your quality of sleep and your psychological well being. Itís also a great form of exercise and it affords one the opportunity to breathe fresh air. No easy feat in todayís congested and polluted world.

Kids reap the benefits of being outside, too. A Finnish study found that moderate to vigorous activity and time outdoors correlates to better academic performance. On the other hand, children who lead more sedentary lives have poorer skills in both reading and math.

Torres del Paine National Park

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Getting Your†Daily Dose of Vitamin D

One of the biggest reasons for going outside is to get your daily dose of vitamin D. The sun is the best source of this very necessary hormone and itís free. Bonus. If youíre wondering what all the fuss is about, there are in fact plenty of reasons to love vitamin D.

It prevents seasonal flu, reduces the risk of heart disease and multiple sclerosis, protects your DNA and improves muscle function, to name a few.

You still need to take care of your skin though, so be sure to apply sunscreen and wear a hat.

Kilimanjaro National Park Topographical Map

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Making the Most of the Season

At the beginning of summer itís easy to imagine the season will last forever. But as we all know, the months roll by pretty quickly and before we know it, itís fall again. Time flies when youíre having fun, so itís important to make the most of the season.

Planning ahead when youíre on your summer break sounds a bit nerdy, I know. But you also donít want to get to the end of your vacation time wishing you’d done more stuff.

Sit down with your family (or friends) and find out what everyone is keen to do. Once you have the list itís simply a matter of scheduling all those hikes, picnics, park days and camping trips into everyoneís calendar.

Spending time in nature is good for our health and happiness. Sharing†the experience with the people we love makes it even†better. What are you waiting for? Go grab some sunshine at one of the world’s beautiful National Parks!

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Peggy B
Peggy B15 days ago

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Carole R
Carole R24 days ago

Amazing.

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Cindy S
Cindy Sabout a month ago

noted

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Cindy S
Cindy Sabout a month ago

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Lisa M
Lisa M1 months ago

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Lisa M1 months ago

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Cindy S
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Angela G
Angela G1 months ago

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Leo C
Leo Custer1 months ago

thank you for sharing!

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Shirley S
Shirley S1 months ago

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