National Parks

The United States has 59 designated national parks and 342 other sites, including national monuments and memorials, that fall under the National Park Service, created by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. The first national park was Yellowstone National Park, created in 1872. For pictures, news and information on national parks, read below.
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Photos: America's Least Visited Parks in 2014
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
February 18th, 2015
Lovely photos of the loneliest parks in the United States.
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The Wilderness Act Turns 50
wilderness act, grizzly bears, protections
September 3rd, 2014
In terms of America’s best ideas, wilderness ranks alongside National Parks.
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Icicles and Frozen Waterfalls: The Ice Caves of Apostle Islands
icicles apostle islands national lakeshore
February 24th, 2015
Stunning ice caves off the coast of Lake Superior may open to visitors this weekend if conditions are right.
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US National Parks Set Attendance Record in 2014
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
February 18th, 2015
A staggering 292.8 million visitors toured a national park, seashore or historic site in 2014, topping the previous record of 287.2 million visits set in 1987.
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Geological 'Grabens' in Utah Seen from Space (Photo)
canyonlands national park from space
June 6th, 2014
A new satellite image reveals the grabens of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. These long valleys are caused by a moving layer of salt far below the surface.
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Stunning Wisconsin Ice Caves May Open to Visitors This Weekend
Apostle Islands Ice Cave
February 24th, 2015
Stunning ice caves off the coast of Lake Superior may open to visitors this weekend if conditions are right.
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2014: America's Most Loved Parks
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 18th, 2015
Here are photos of the top 10 most visited spots in 2014 in the National Park Service system.
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Banned Drone May Have Damaged Yellowstone Spring
Yellowstone visitors view Grand Prismatic from a nearby boardwalk
August 8th, 2014
If you're heading to a U.S. national park this summer, please leave your drone at home. One drone crash at Yellowstone National Park may have caused environmental damage to one of the park's iconic hot springs.
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