For the extraordinary outdoors, little beats a holiday in the vast national parks of North America. Best known is probably The Yosemite National Park, which has been protected since 1864 and covers nearly 1200sqm. What to do in the park varies by the season, and there is a full programme of activities, from ranger walks that explore bears, geology and trees, to starry night prowls. During the holidays, special activities for children are highlighted, too. There are places to stay, eat and meet in the park, and as many challenges as you’d find in an average country, but in this park, you’ll find anything but average.