Overview of the Hottest and Coldest us National Parks

The hottest and coldest National Parks in the U.S. extend from the ice-covered tundra of the Arctic to the sweltering heat and dry terrain of the Arizona deserts. The abundance of wildlife and awe-inspiring terrain of these parks is something you will definitely enjoy and talk about for years to come.

North Cascades National Park is located in northern Washington and was established in the year 1968. This breathtaking park is filled with mountaintops, towering over the wilderness below by over 9,000 feet. Bordering British Columbia, this park is full of glaciers. Late springtime and during the summer months is when you can benefit the most by visiting this park. Although the weather cannot always be predicted, snow has normally melted off of the trails by July. If you are planning to visit this park, be equipped for climate change. You may experience a few rainy days. This park is no stranger to summer storms during this time. The weather varies depending on elevation and location. The west side of the park is damper and more remote than the east side during the summer. The temperature can reach 90 degrees, and drop below freezing, depending on the elevation and location.

The Grand Canyon is located deep within the deserts of Arizona, and was established in 1919. It is one of the most awe-inspiring sites an individual can experience, with altitudes ranging from 2,000 to 8,000 feet. The weather surrounding the Grand Canyon varies depending on the time of year, elevation and location. The climate consists of warm, enjoyable summers, restrained humidity, and bitter winters. The daytime temperature can change at upper altitudes, causing muggy summers and chilly wet winters, along the lowermost region of the Grand Canyon. Winter flurries and summer rainstorms can also be expected when visiting the Grand Canyon. Always be prepared for any change in climate when visiting this park.

The Everglades National Park is located in the wetlands of Florida. It was established in 1934 and is occupied mainly by swamp-lands and large bodies of water. There you can find an abundance amount of endangered species. The Everglades ecosystem is delicate and the park safeguards both the environment and the wildlife that dwells there. The months ranging from December to April are the best time to visit the Everglades. The weather conditions during these months are warm and enjoyable, but rare chilly conditions have also occurred during these months. Summers months in the Everglades are sweltering and muggy. The temperature can rise above 90 degrees with a humidity level of over 90 percent. Late evening downpours are frequent and one should also be equipped for dealing with mosquitoes.  

Kenai Fjords is located in the icy plains of Alaska and was established in 1980. This national park is a wonderful site, filled with the wonders of the ocean. Kenai Fjords is a prime location for those who desire the sight and wonders of the sea. At this park you can experience glaciers floating on the sea, while watching orcas and whales such as humpbacks also enjoying the waters. Sea lions and porpoises can also be seen while visiting this park. Parts of the park are reachable by trails, but experiencing most of its wonders is accomplished by boat. Summer daylight temperatures vary from the low 70s to the mid 40s. The fall season can dive into single digit numbers and can raise to temperatures in the low 50s. Therefore, if you are planning to visit Kenai Fjords during this time, making sure you are equipped for extreme weather conditions is essential.

This is just a small list of U.S. parks consisting of varied weather conditions. No matter if you desire snow and ice or beautiful terrain and abundant wildlife, these parks can fulfill your adventurous passion.