National Park Week Inspiration

If you ask us, it ought to be National Park Year but, for now, we’re happy to be celebrating the annual National Park Week (April 21-29, 2012) put on by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of the National Parks (see the story we did about park funding for National Geographic Traveler to learn more about why our national parks need an official charity).

The locations included in the United States National Park System represent some of the most spectacular and largest (87 million acres) tracts of protected land on the planet. During National Park Week (April 21-29) entry to all 397 national parks, monuments and historic sites across the United States (and Puerto Rico) is totally free. So, there goes that excuse.

The first two years of our Trans-Americas Journey were spent in the United States where we  visited 123 National Parks, National Monuments and National Historic Sites. The photo montage, below, includes shots taken as we entered 68 of them.

Read more about travel to US National Parks & Monuments

US National Parks signs

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15 comments on “National Park Week Inspiration

  1. You guys done good! That’s an impressive list. Our national parks are an incredible resource and treasure. They protect vulnerable and unique natural places. They do a great job of educating visitors about local flora, fauna, geology. They increasingly try to limit environmental impact (Zion NP doesn’t even sell plastic bottled water. You have to fill your own.) And they’re very affordable.

    Thanks for the plug for our national parks. We’re so lucky to have them.
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