Visit a National Park

Today is Founders’ Day, the 98th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, and it’s a good time to remind you to visit these national treasures.

Did you know the U.S. was the first nation in the world to set aside treasured lands to be protected and enjoyed by everyone? On August 25, 1916, the National Park Service was established to care for the national parks throughout the country that recognize and commemorate notable people and historical events and protect the natural wonders and landscapes providing a place for people to have fun and learn.

To celebrate Founders’ Day you can sign a birthday card to let the National Park Service know you appreciate their work. You may also want to like the National Park Service on Facebook and/or follow them on Twitter @NatlParkService. You can also check out their photos on Instagram by following NationalParkExperience.

As a family we’ve visited many parks:

  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park
  • Everglades National Park
  • Acadia National Park
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Redwoods National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Gettsyburg National Military Park
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Biscayne National Park
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • Castillos De San Marcos National Monument
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • National Mall
  • Olympic National Park
  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Redwood National Park
  • Rock Creek Park
  • San Juan Island National Historic Park
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument
  • Statue of Liberty National Monument
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial

but, that’s just a start. Make your own bucket list of parks you want to visit. You may want to start by visiting one or more of the eleven parks located in Florida or you may want to revisit ones you enjoyed on family vacations or maybe you want to see parks for the first time.

The good news: you can find parks in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and even in U.S. territories. They’re located in cities and remote areas and everywhere in between. You can hike, bike, drive, take a tour…be active or sit back and enjoy. What better way to get to know the U.S.?

You don’t have to go tomorrow or even this year, but make a list and check them off as you visit the National Parks. (I wonder if National Parks will be on our 16 in 16 list for the 100th anniversary of the NPS?)

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