Some national parks are famous for their beautiful landscapes. Others are known for their fascinating animals. While waterways lure people to a handful of them, as well. Here are three national parks you should visit for their lakes and rivers, plus another area you’ll love even if doesn’t have a special status—yet.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Follow the winding Cuyahoga River around rolling hills, fertile farmland, steep ravines, and rushing waterfalls when Ohio starts to emerge from its winter hibernation.
Chobe National Park: Stay at a lodge along the Chobe River to see the fertile floodplains, the land of the San people, Botswana’s first national park, and animals including buffalo, antelope, giraffes, and zebras only a short distance from Victoria Falls.
Ile-Alatau National Park: Go to a national park you’ve never visited before to take in its heavenly mountains, apple trees, alpine meadows, thick forests, large glaciers, and mirror-like lakes in Kazakhstan.
Torridon: Take an epic road trip along a new scenic drive that winds between small villages, medieval castles, glacial mountains, windswept beaches, and amazing lakes—make that lochs—in Scotland.