US National Parks: America’s Treasures
National Parks in the United States are one of America’s greatest treasures, open to the public, with tours, camping, activities, visitor centers, nature interpretations, and above all else, spectacular scenery.
From the depths of basins in Death Valley National Park to the soaring peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, from the magnificent buttes and mesas in Zion National Park to the dense forests in Shenandoah National Park and Sequoia National Park, there are natural formations, plants, wildlife, and views and vistas that will take your breath away.
The most famous US National Park, though, is undoubtedly the Grand Canyon National Park, a massive canyon in Arizona that extends for more than 200 miles and is 18 miles wide at its broadest point…a formation that took nature millions of years to create, one that is included in the Seven Natural Wonders Of The World.
All of the US National Parks are open year-round, though activities and access to some of the National Parks and park roads are restricted in the winter months. National Park Passes are reasonably priced (typically less than $20 per car), and there are numerous National Parks free days sprinkled throughout the year. If you’re over the age of 62, you can buy a National Parks Senior Pass for just $10, and it will give you lifetime access, as well as big discounts on activities and amenities.
What are you waiting for? Plan a trip to visit one of the US National Park near you, or set a “bucket list” and visit them all!
Interesting Facts About US National Parks ~ April 2013
•There are 394 park areas in the United States that are run by the National Park Service, and 58 main National Parks.
•Most of the 58 National Parks are located in the Western United States, with 9 in California, 6 in Utah, and 4 in Colorado (click here for a list of US Parks, organized by state).
•Each year, the National Park Service sets aside a number of free days, when there’s no entrance fee to get into any of the US National Parks.
•Yellowstone National Park was the first US National Park, established in 1872.