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Must-See America: Exploring the National Parks During Your J-1 Internship

Hey J-1 interns! Welcome to the land of opportunity and epic landscapes! The USA is brimming with cultural experiences, bustling cities, and stunning natural wonders.

Visiting Yosemite National Park during your J1 internship
Yosemite National Park

One of the best ways to experience the beauty and diversity of America is by visiting its National Parks. These protected areas, overseen by the National Park Service, showcase breathtaking scenery, unique geological formations, abundant wildlife, and rich human history. With 63 parks scattered across 30 states, there's a park for nearly every interest, and trust me, they're all worth a visit during your J-1 internship year.

Why National Parks?

Here are just a few reasons why you, as a J-1 intern, should consider venturing out to explore a National Park:

  • Unforgettable Experiences:  Hike through towering redwoods in California, kayak alongside glaciers in Alaska, or marvel at the otherworldly rock formations of Utah. National parks offer adventures you won't find anywhere else.

  • Budget-Friendly Travel:  Entrance fees for National Parks are very reasonable, especially considering the experiences they offer. Many parks also offer camping options, which is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in nature for a longer period without breaking the bank.

  • Connect with Nature:  Disconnect from the city life and reconnect with nature. National Parks provide a chance to escape the hustle and bustle and appreciate the beauty of the outdoors.

  • See a Different Side of America:  National Parks offer a glimpse into America's natural heritage and diverse ecosystems. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the country's vast landscapes and the importance of conservation.

  • Travel Buddies:  National Parks are popular destinations for both Americans and international visitors. It's a great opportunity to meet new people, practice your English, and learn about other cultures.

Visiting Yellowstone National Park during your J1 internship
Yellowstone National Park

Planning Your Park Trip

With so many parks to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide where to go. Here are a few tips:

  • Consider Your Interests:  Do you love mountains? Head to Glacier National Park in Montana or Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Are you a beach bum? Check out Everglades National Park in Florida or Cape Canaveral National Seashore.

  • Think About the Season:  Some parks, like Yellowstone in Wyoming, have limited access during winter months. Research weather patterns before you go.

  • Utilize the National Park Service Website:  The National Park Service website ( has tons of information on each park, including maps, activities, entrance fees, and camping options.

  • Talk to Your Fellow Interns:  Chances are, other J-1 interns are interested in exploring National Parks too. Team up for a road trip or weekend getaway!

National Parks are a quintessential American experience, and J-1 interns shouldn't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the USA. So lace up your hiking boots, pack your backpack, and get ready to be amazed!

The Global Monday Team

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