When you think of National Parks you immediately think of places like Yosemite, Yellowstone, or Glacier National Park. But did you know there are more than 412 parks covering more that 84 million acres across the U.S. and surrounding territories. With that being said I’m sure that you can find something to do.
With so many parks you need to ask yourself what your in the mood for? How about hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee or a cave tour in Mammoth Cave Park in Kentucky. There is snorkeling in Biscayne National Park in Florida or walk in the footsteps of Theodore Roosevelt at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. The adventures are endless.
Sometimes life gets busy and it not always easy to get away for big adventure. Surprisingly there is a National Park in or close to 24 major U.S. cities. Take a day and go visit a national monument like the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis MO or float down the Chattahoochee River just north of Atlanta Georgia. Is there a National Park in your back yard?
Not only are National Parks great for getting outdoors they also have great opportunities for kids to learn about the great outdoors. Programs like Junior Ranger, Webranger, and Electronic Field Trip are all great ways to promote and educate our youth about history, wildlife and a way to a healthy lifestyle.
When you stop and take a minute to really think about how many National Parks there really are, the enormity is kinda overwhelming. One way to keep track of the parks that you’ve visited the National Park Service has a Passport Program. This neat little booklet includes color-coded maps, pre-visit information, illustrations and photographs. It includes a list of every national park area in the United States. Spaces allow you to collect the series of commemorative passport stamps issued each year. This booklet is a great way for you to keep track of each National Park you’ve visited.
This is just the tip of the ice burg for the adventures that the National parks have to offer. Whether you’re looking for a weekend escape, a fun day trip, or a once-in-a-lifetime experience a National Park is the answer. Take a minute and explore what they have to offer.