The National Park System has grown from a single park,
Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872, to a national system
of approximately 388 areas.
National Park of the Week highlights the lesser known
national parks. Travel to the hidden destinations and little-known
wonders of our national park system. Visit natural areas, historical
areas, and recreational areas that offer significant opportunities
for sports, recreation, camping and family fun.
- The Big Thicket National Preserve
is a biological and botanical wonder located in the southeastern
corner of Texas and near the Gulf of Mexico. The preserve attracts
bird watchers and other biological travelers from all around the
- The Grand Teton National Park
protects stunning mountain scenery and a diverse array of wildlife.
Adorned with glaciers and snowfields, the Teton Range is unquestionably
the park's central feature. The mountains abruptly rise above
the sagebrush valley of Jackson Hole and create a rugged, picturesque
- The Juan Bautista de Anza National
Historic Trail retraces the first overland colonizing expedition
from Mexico to California. Visitors hike the hundreds of miles
of recreational trails and explore history by visiting the dozens
of historical sites and missions that are associated with the
- The Badlands National Park consists
of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires
surrounded by the largest protected mixed-grass prairie in the
national park system. It is home to bison, bighorn sheep and the
most endangered land mammal in North America, the black-footed
- There are national parks in 49 States, the District of Columbia,
American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands.
Which state doesn't have a national park?
- Over half of the national parks are east of the Mississippi
- The National Park System encompasses approximately 83.6 million
- The largest park is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve,
Alaska with 13,200,000 acres.
- The smallest park is Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial,
Pennsylvania, with only 0.02 of an acre.
- Yellowstone National Park was the first national park. Today
more than 100 nations contain some 1,200 national parks or similar
- Yosemite was a California state park 8 years before Yellowstone
- Home Page features the national park
of the week along with the list of previously featured parks.
- National Park Directory includes
the list of the 387 National Park areas and the states or territories
where they are located.
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offers one-stop shopping for all your camping needs - tents, outdoor
cooking, binoculars, GPS units, grills, books and much more.
- Travel Resources provide
links to State Tourism sites, National Parks sites and other sites
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