Taipei City National parks

Our most recommended Taipei City National parks

Best of Taiwan 5-Day Tour

1. Best of Taiwan 5-Day Tour

Explore the natural wonders of Taiwan on a 5-day tour from Taipei. Visit Sun Moon Lake, walk with Buddhist monks at Fo Guang Shan Monastery, drive along the Maopitou Coastal Scenic Area, and more. Enjoy accommodation in 5-star hotels. Day 1: Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, and Natural Hot Spring Following hotel pickup, drive to Sun Moon Lake, located in the lofty mountains of Central Taiwan, 2,500 feet (762 meters) above sea level. Stop at the Wenwu Temple (Literature Warrior Temple), dedicated to Confucius as the Master of Pen and to Kuan Ti as the Master of Sword. Continue your sightseeing tour to the Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda, then proceed to your hotel for check-in. Stay overnight at the Fleur De Chine at Sun Moon Lake (or a similar hotel). Day 2: Sun Moon Lake, Fo Guang Shan Monastery, and Kaohisung After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a walk around the Xiangshan Visitor Center before driving to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, the most famous Buddhist sacred site in southern Taiwan. Learn about Buddhism during a monastery walking tour and taste Buddhist vegetarian lunch (cost not included). Talk with some of the monks and nuns during a visit to the Main Shrine and Great Buddha Land, the site of a huge Buddha statue. Continue to Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, and visit Liuhe Tourist Night Market. Stay overnight at Kaohsiung in the Grand Hi Lai Hotel (or similar). Day 3: Kaohsung, Kenting, and Taitung Join a morning tour of Kenting National Park, located at Taiwan’s southern tip. Travel past 37 miles of coral-rimmed shoreline and along 3 sides of the park to see its main attractions. Stop at the Eluanpi Lighthouse and Maopitou Coastal Scenic Area (Maopitou Park). Continue to Taitung via the Southern Link Highway. Stay overnight at the Royal Hotel Chihpen in Taitung (or similar). Day 4: Taitung, East Coast National Scenic Area, and Hualien After breakfast, enjoy an exciting East Coast National Scenic Area tour. The East Coast National Scenic Area, known as Taiwan's last unspoiled land, stretches for approximately 100 miles (170 kilometers) down the east coast of the island. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms. Your tour will stop at Xiaoyeliu, Sanxiantai, and the Stone Steps. By late afternoon, head to Hualien for an overnight stay at the Silks Place Taroko (or similar). Day 5: Hualien, Taroko Gorge, Taipei Spend a full day at Taroko National Park. Go to Taroko Gorge, a beautiful, narrow ravine created by the Liwu River, cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. Travel along a road that's been carved into sheer walls of rock, winding its way past forested peaks and cliffs, towering thousands of feet above it. Hundreds of feet below, the river roars past gigantic marble boulders. Stop at Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Marble Bridge, Tienshiang, and a marble factory before driving back to Taipei via the Su-Hwa Highway. Ride through the 8-mile-long Hsuei-Shan Long Tunnel before arriving back in the city.

Private Full-Day Northern Taiwan Tour by Car from Taipei

2. Private Full-Day Northern Taiwan Tour by Car from Taipei

Explore Taipei and the surrounding area on an 8-hour private car charter. Discover iconic sights and beauty spots in northern Taiwan without the hassle of public transportation. Choose from a number of itineraries or create your own. Check out the natural beauty of Yangmingshan and Jiufen. See the amazing coastal rock formations at Yehliu, or perhaps enjoy a drive to Pingxi.

From Taipei: Beitou Hotsprings and Yangmingshan Volcano Tour

3. From Taipei: Beitou Hotsprings and Yangmingshan Volcano Tour

Meet your tour guide and driver in the morning at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station and take a 40-minute journey to the Yangmingshan National Park. Along the way, stop by the Taipei Public Library at Beitou. Located in Beitou Park and near Beitou Hot Spring Museum, it is Taiwan's first "green library", and is one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world. It minimizes pollution and harm to the environment by using recycled materials and by being water and energy-efficient. Visit the Beitou Hot Spring Museum which was built during the Japanese colonial era. The Tudor-style building has a brick and wood facade and black tile roofing. The 1st level consists of a small bath and a large bath with a piece of Hokutolite Stone weighing 800 kilograms displayed at a corner. This is the perfect location to learn more about Beitou's rich hot spring culture and history. The next stop is Yangmingshan Flower Clock, the centerpiece of the Yangmingshan National Park. See the flowering plants which change by the seasons, where visitors can enjoy the bloom all year round. Visit Yangming Shu-Wu Mansion, also known as Zhongxing Guesthouse, which was the summer residence of the late president, Chiang Kai-shek. Today the mansion is an important site for Taiwanese culture and history. Afterward, you will visit the most popular spot in the national park, Xiaoyoukeng, which literally means "little oil pit". This is a post-volcanic geological area, where you can see and smell the steam rising from the ground, and feel the heat of a dormant volcano. See Qingtiangang, a lava terrace formed when the lava flowed north after the eruption.  The last stop is Lengshuikeng, which means “cold water pit”. This is a barrier lake formed by the volcanic lava flowing down from the mountain. The hot spring water here is colder than the other areas hence its name. Before the tour comes to the end, enjoy a hot spring foot bath that gives relief to aching feet and helps release tension in the muscles. After the tour, you may choose to disembark at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station or Shihlin Night Market and enjoy the local street foods. If you choose the option of combo with a free Lunar New Year Walking Tour: The free walking tour is available on 7, 8, 13, 14 January, 2023. Please contact the tour operator to pick a date once your booking is confirmed. Meet the tour guide at MRT Beimen Station (G13) Exit 3 at 14:30 on your chosen date, and then enjoy a relaxing walk around the old city blocks in Dadaocheng. After the walking tour, the group will dismiss at Ningxia Night Market. Tour stops include: Chinese Medicine Shop, Yongle Fabric Market, Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple, Dihua Street Lunar New Year Market and one of the oldest tea shops in Taipei.

From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour

4. From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Full-Day Tour

Explore some of Taiwan's most stunning scenery on this full-day tour to Taroko National Park departing from Taipei. Ramble through the trails in the gorge and enjoy the stunning view of the soaring marble cliffs. Meet your guide in the early morning, and enjoy a cozy ride to Hualien. Take a break at TCC DAKA Park, an ecological recycling factory and photo hotspot. Through the exhibition and installations in the factory, visitors can have a good understanding about recycling and upcycling. Your epic journey to Taroko National Park starts from the Archway of Taroko Gorge. From the entry to Tianxiang, this 20km section of Central Cross-Island Highway winding through the steep marble cliffs and tunnels of the gorge will blow you away. Walk along Shakadang Trail, with the rivers gently flowing through the marble boulders as you meander along the trail in parallel. The turquoise blue water of the river is crystal clear that you can see the riverbed from above. Head through the tunnels of Swallow Grotto, where the potholes on the cliff surface were created by the ground water and the rapid stream of the river. In the past, they were the natural nesting location of swallows, hence the name. Walking through the tunnels, you will be amazed by the stunning views of the marble cliffs reaching up to the sky. Stop by Cihmu Bridge (Motherly Devotion Bridge), an H-shape hanging bridge built of marble and named by Late President Chiang Jing-guo. Take a short break at a recreational area and have lunch at one of the restaurants in the park. Head to Tunnel of Nine Turns, considered the most scenic section of Taroko Gorge. See the meander running through the deep and spectacular canyons from high above. Get a closer look at the faults and folds of the sheer marble cliffs, as well as the vegetation on the walls. Visit Eternal Spring Shrine, which commemorates the 225 military veterans who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. End with a visual feast of the amazing Qingshui Cliff, one of the island's "Eight Wonders". Enjoy a sweeping view of a 21 kilometer stretch from the viewing platform before traveling back to Taipei Main Station.

From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Day Tour by Train

5. From Taipei: Taroko Gorge Day Tour by Train

Meet your host and board the express train bound for Hualien on your own. Sit back and enjoy a 3-hour journey to paradise. Upon arrival in Hualien, your tour guide will greet you at the train station and take to you to the world-famous Taroko National Park. Your one-day tour to Taroko Gorge National Park will start from the Archway of Taroko Gorge. From the archway entry to Tianxiang, this 12.5-mile (20 km) section of Central Cross-Island Highway through the steep marble cliffs and tunnels of the gorge will take your breath away. Walk along the Shakadang Trail, where the river gently flowing through the marble boulders as you meanders along the trail in parallel. The turquoise blue water of the river is crystal clear that you can see the riverbed from above. The next stop is Swallow Grotto. The potholes on the cliff surface were created by the ground water and the rapid stream of the river. In the past, they were the natural nesting location of swallows, hence the name. Walking through the tunnels, you will be amazed by the stunning views of the marble cliffs reaching up to the sky. Take a short break at Tianxiang, a large river terrace recreational area and enjoy lunch in a restaurant in the park. After lunch, stop by Cihmu Bridge (Motherly Devotion Bridge), a suspension bridge made of marble and named by Late President Chiang Jing-guo after a heart-warming story about a loving mother. Next, head to the Tunnel of Nine Turns, considered to be the most scenic section of Taroko Gorge. As you walk along the trail, you can see the meandering river running through the deep and spectacular canyon from above, and you can also have a closer look at the faults and folds of the sheer marble cliffs, as well as the vegetation on the walls. Visit the Eternal Spring Shrine, which commemorates the 225 military veterans who died during the construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway. Before you return to the train station for your train back to Taipei, your will visit a local marble factory, where you can get some handcrafts made of marble or souvenirs featuring the local characters, to enrich your travel collection. Then you will visit the most romantic beach in Taiwan. Qixingtan Beach, a crescent-shaped beach covered with sprawling pebbles. Your 14-hour adventure then ends with drop-off at Taipei Main Station.

From Taipei: Private Yangmingshan Volcano and Nature Tour

6. From Taipei: Private Yangmingshan Volcano and Nature Tour

Explore Taipei City's volcanic backyard on a private tour to Yangmingshan National Park. Delight in breathtaking natural scenery, and enjoy panoramic views back over the city. Begin your tour with a private pickup at your hotel in Taipei City. Then, head with your guide to your first photo spot, the Flower Clock made from vibrant blooms. Walk through a flowery pathway up to the mountain, and be amazed the natural miracle of the Zhuzihu Calla Lilies, originally a lava-dammed lake created by the surrounding volcanoes. Next, visit fumaroles in the local favorite Xiaoyoukeng Recreation area, approximately 805 meters (2641 feet) above sea level. Discover so-called landslide terrain formed by post-volcanic activity in an area also famous for sulfur crystals and hot springs. Admire the panoramic views of the environment nearby, and take a signature photo of northern Taiwan at the Datun Nature Park. Continue your journey with an approximately 25-minute hike to Qingtiangang, a scenic spot carpeted with soft meadows where cattle graze. Take a stroll and relax, or enhance your experience with an optional private hot spring nearby to relax your body after the hike. The tour concludes back at your accommodation in Taipei City.

Taipei: Guided Cherry Blossom Day Tour

7. Taipei: Guided Cherry Blossom Day Tour

Enjoy a day of cherry blossom viewing at some of Taipei's most popular spots. Join your guide at Yangminshan National Park, Tamsui Tian Yuan Temple, and the Fisherman's Wharf. Your tour starts with a visit to Shihlin Official Residence, the residence of the former president Chiang Kai-shek. It was restored in the year 1996 and has been open to the public since then. Admire its well-maintained gardens. The next stop is Yangminshan National Park, the “backyard” of Taipei. Admire its volcanic rock formations and lush vegetation. After a lunch break (not included), enjoy a relaxing walk around Tamsui Tian Yuan Temple, the most popular spot for cherry blossom viewing in New Taipei City. Get lost among the hundreds of cherry blossoms planted around the temple. Finally, stop at the Fisherman’s Wharf for a dazzling sunset over Lover's Bridge. for photography. Get dropped off at Tamsui Old Street, Shihlin Night Market, or Zhongxiao Xinsheng metro statuib at the end of your tour.

From Taipei: Private Tour of Taroko

8. From Taipei: Private Tour of Taroko

This private Taroko tour is specifically designed for visitors wanting to optimize their time at Taiwan’s must-see attractions. Enjoy round-trip transfer in a modern, air-conditioned vehicle from Taipei City to Taiwan's most iconic, scenic spots, including the largest marble canyon in the world. Admire the marble walls and the winding river that runs through the deep Taroko Gorge. Your route will take you through a total of 38 tunnels, including the Baiyang Trail, the Shakadang Trail, and the Marble Bridge of Motherly Devotion. Walk in the world of nature and culture along the Swallow Grotto Trail, taking in views of the Indian Chieftain’s Profile Rock and potholes along the cliff face, while watching spring swallows darting in and out of their nests. Walking through a total of 38 tunnels, reach Chimu Bridge, which is famous for its signature marble railings and Chinese lion statues. Benefit from the perks of a private tour by customizing your own itinerary with your private guide.

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What people are saying about Taipei City

Overall rating

3.2 / 5

based on 6 reviews

This tour is an excellent introduction to Taiwan. It covers the highlights while you travel in comfort and stay in luxurious hotels. The trip is well planned and thought out to the smallest detail. Booking was easy, questions answered fully in a timely manner. Everything was confirmed right from the start. We even got a call the night before to remind us of our hotel pick up. Each day our awesome guide, Alan Chou, outlined the days activities with a visual slide show, providing us with information about the places, along with tips and suggestions, answering our questions, to make the most of our experience. Also appreciated that while traveling, we stopped every 1.5 for a toilet break. Alan is very knowledgeable, informative, professional and personable. Loved his stories and humour. Our driver was excellent, safe and considerate. The coach was comfortable, clean, great wifi. We always got a morning wakeup call at the hotel. Breakfast buffets were unbelievable. Taiwan is a beautiful.

Our guide and driver was Hicks and he is amazing. He is on time, very patient, takes awesome photos, drives well (really rad driving skills), has great energy and attitude, did his planning for all the places we wanted to visit. He facilitated our entire day to make sure it went smoothly and got us to all the places of interest before the sun set. A whole day of driving and hiking did not faze him and I think we were more tired than he was, somehow. Definitely will recommend him to my friends and family when they visit Taipei.

The tour was well organized and the guide Alan Chou was excellent...Alan Chou was personable, entertaining, organized, and a wealth of historical information. He answered every question and looked after everyone on the tour as well as recommending foods and places to eat....We were so fortunate to have him as our guide....

Joe was a great tour guide, full of fascinating facts and kept us busy! Hotels were all very nice.

The local guide Joseph was brilliant. He was very knowledgeable and a gentleman throughout.