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
4. Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado
5. Glacier National Park - Montana
6. Acadia National Park - Maine
7. Yosemite National Park - California
8. Denali National Park - Alaska
9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Tennessee and North Carolina
10. Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming, Idaho, Montana
Here's to 100 more years of the NPS!
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