The National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years Of Getting You Off Your Ass

The National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years Of Getting You Off Your Ass

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Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service! As one of my college professors would repeatedly proclaim, baseball, jazz, and the National Parks are America’s greatest inventions. I don’t see eye to eye with him where it concerns baseball, and while I can understand the cultural importance of jazz, I personally don’t feel the same. But National Parks? They may very well be one of America’s greatest contributions to the world. Why? There are more than 400 parks, monuments, and places of historical and scientific significance, encompassing “ more than 84 million acres in 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the Virgin Islands .” This is protected land and waters for countless plant and animal species, future generations, and the idea of federally protected land is now an international one. Today, Aug. 25, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson officially creating the National Park Service. Thanks to advocates and naturalists, people now have the opportunity to visit the fantastic and famous splendors of Yosemite, Glacier, Redwoods, Denali, Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Zion, and others. But what about the little parks, and the faraway parks that are just as deserving and as fulfilling as the better known parks? Here’s a list of 10 national parks that you didn’t know you wanted to visit:

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