The United States National Park Service turns 98 on Monday! In honor of NPS’s birthday, entrance fees will be waived so that everyone can enjoy celebratory activities across the nation. With 401 national parks in our own backyard, why not take advantage of the parks’ beautiful scenery, historical value and birthday events for the family?
Most of the parks have hiking trails, caving expeditions, kayaking, campsites and guided history tours. Our national parks don’t just preserve nature, they also preserve United States’ history. Yosemite National Park comprises the first area of land reserved by the government for preservation. West Virginia is home to Harpers Ferry National Park. where the first successful railroad was built, and where abolitionist John Brown led a failed arsenal raid.
If you’re looking for a big adventure in celebration of the NPS’s birthday, head farther north to Alaska, home to seven of the nine largest national parks. The largest, Wrangell-Saint Elias, makes up more than 13 million acres.
Yellowstone, our eighth largest national park, was the first official national park in 1872 and covers 87,040 acres.
Large or small, old or new, the national parks are worthy of celebration, reminding us of America’s past and showcasing her natural beauty. So, make an effort to support a national park this weekend. Click through our parks gallery for travel ideas!