National Park Week

Apr 21, 2016 | Events, Hiking

It’s Time to Celebrate National Park Week

Once considered a radical idea, national parks are now known as “America’s Best Idea.” In March of 1872 Congress established Yellowstone and began a worldwide national parks movement. Today there are more than 1,200 national parks in 100 nations.

President Obama stated, “National Parks provide unique opportunities to connect with one another and the world around us, and my Administration has encouraged more Americans to take advantage of these wonders. Through the “Find Your Park” campaign, we are helping more people visit public lands and landmarks — from State and local parks that capture our Nation’s natural beauty to historical sites that offer unparalleled perspectives into our past. Whether breathtaking sceneries or rushing bodies of water, our National Parks have something for everyone — young and old — and I am committed to helping all Americans discover the outdoors and interact with our unique and magical landscapes.”

In celebration of National Park Week, every national park is free through Sunday, April 24. With over 84 million acres of parks in the U.S. we’d love to know where you’re celebrating! Share your photos with us on social media.

Photo: Heather Wallace

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