10 National Parks You Need To Visit Before You Die

Serious wanderlust.

August 25 marks the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service, which is in charge of preserving the beautiful and unique natural wonders of the United States. In addition to overseeing the care of 59 national parks, NPS also cares for over 400 historical sites, national monuments, preserves, and other properties. 

Our diverse landscapes are one of the things that make the U.S. so special, and the NPS has spent the last century ensuring that they remain pristine.

If you haven't been to a national park, you need to put it on your to-do list. Not sure which NPS location to visit first?

From sea to shining sea, these are the top 10 iconic national parks that you really do need to see before you die:

1. Grand Canyon National Park - Arizona

2. Arches National Park - Utah

3. Olympic National Park - Washington

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4. Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado

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5. Glacier National Park - Montana

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6. Acadia National Park - Maine

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7. Yosemite National Park - California

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8. Denali National Park - Alaska

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9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Tennessee and North Carolina

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10. Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming, Idaho, Montana

Yellowstone is the quintessential destination, as it was the first park to be federally protected in 1872, over half a century before NPS came along.

Visit the National Park Service website to start planning your next adventure and use #NPS100 on social media to share the experience with others!

Here's to 100 more years of the NPS!

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