National Park Week Inspiration

It’s National Park Week which means that entry to all 397 national parks, monuments, and historic sites across the United States (and Puerto Rico) is totally free. This annual event is 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. 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.

US National Parks signs

Here’s more about travel to US National Parks & Monuments


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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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