Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
Closest major city: Regina (227 miles)
Hempton describes Grasslands National Park as one of the last great quiet places in North America. The park has exceptional listening opportunities in landscapes including prairies, valleys, badlands, and buttes. Grasslands is also one of the few remaining places in the world where black-tailed prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets can be seen in their natural habitat, though Hempton says the extraordinary birdsong is the real reason to come.