Happy 100th Birthday! US National Parks in Photos

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park wallpaper

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On March 15, 1980, five of the eight Channel Islands off the California coast near Santa Barbara, were designated as Channel Islands National Park.

Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park in South Carolina.

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Found in South Carolina, Conagree National Park, with its cypress trees and biodiversity, was signed into existence on November 10, 2003.

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake

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President Roosevelt established Crater Lake National Park, located in Oregon, on May 22, 1902.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Established as a National Recreation Area, which is near Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, in 1974,Cuyahoga Valley was designated as a National Park in 2000.

Death Valley National Park


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Death Valley National Park in California, after years of tourism, was designated as a National Park in 1994.

Denali National Park and Preserve

Mount McKinley Looms over Denali National Park in Alaska.

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Originally called Mount McKinley National Park, Denali National Park was established in 1917 to preserve the Alaskan wilderness.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida wallpaper

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt created a National Monument out of seven islands in 1935. Dry Tortugas National Park came into existence on October 26, 1992, by an act of Congress.

Everglades National Park


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The Florida Everglades were established as a National Park on December 6, 1947, in an effort to preserve the biodiversity and resources of ecosystems on Florida's southern tip.

Gates of the Arctic National Park

Oolah Valley - Gates of the Arctic National Park

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In 1978, President Jimmy Carter protected several areas of Alaskan land as National Monuments in order to allow Congress time to deliberate and create the Gates of the Arctic National Park in 1980.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park Archive

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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in the Alaska panhandle became a national park on December 2, 1980, in an expansion of the Glacier Bay National Monument that President Calvin Coolidge created in 1925.

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