You may be aware that the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial in 2016. That means a lot of special activities and events will take place in each of our national parks during the next year.
“There’s simply no better getaway in the United States than a visit to one of the 59 national scenic parks,” says John M. Fahey, Jr. Chairman of the Board, National Geographic Society.
|Glacier National Park|
I agree. No matter what you look for when you travel—serenity, history, culture, landscapes, geology, wildlife, adventure, or family fun—you can find it in one of our national parks. This guide may just provide the inspiration you need to plan a trip and pack your bag.The parks are divided into geographical regions in the Guide (East, Midwest, South Central, Southwest, Rocky Mountain, Pacific Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska), so you can choose a park near you or in an area you’ve been longing to visit.
|Great Smokey Mountain National Park|
The Guide lists accommodations within the parks and campgrounds nearby. Health and safety concerns, entrance fees, and suggestions for getting the most from your visit are included. Maps provide more detail about roads and trails to help you maneuver through each park.
|Rocky Mountain National Park|
This Guide has become my “wish book.” Even though I’ve visited many national parks, when I thumb through the book I find new places to explore--even new parks I wasn’t aware of—and I wish I were there.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier. cover photo courtesy of Karen Wadsworth, Media Masters Publicity