The united states has 59 national parks several hundred state parks and ancestral indian reservations that are no less impressive behind the viewfinder. Photograph by j wei the new york times redux travel.
Hawaii volcanoes national park with its vulnerable endemic species is a hot spot in the national park system s battle against invasive animals.
Landscape united states national parks. And while it would be great to visit all of them chances are you don t have the time or resources. 15 2019 and white sands national park. Every spring we celebrate our country s most incredible natural places during national park week which stretches from april 18 to 26 in 2020.
Beautiful photos of all 61 u s. In december 2019 the united states recognized and designated white sands as the country s latest national park for its scenic inspirational education and recreational significance. National parks photo tour is the dream of any landscape photographer.
There are 62 national parks in the united states each beautiful in its own right. This is the highest honor the nation will give to protected lands and was only the 62nd time the united states had commemorated a location out of hundreds of. Twenty nine states and two u s.
The first of several alaskan parks on the list kenai fjords is known for its incredible glacial landscape. Compared to other parks in the state kenai fjords is relatively accessible and can be. National parks from pearly glaciers to sun soaked beaches wander through some of the wildest and most iconic landscapes in north america.
Grant in 1872 followed by mackinac national park in 1875. The newest national parks are indiana dunes which changed its name from national lakeshore to national park on feb. Sadly many of us can t commemorate the occasion by getting out and exploring these incredible landscapes as many parks and campgrounds are closed and people are sheltering in place in an effort to flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic.
California has the most with nine followed by alaska with eight utah with five and colorado with four. It would take years to visit all these places where nature remains intact despite the action of man. The united states has 62 protected areas known as national parks that are operated by the national park service an agency of the department of the interior national parks must be established by an act of the united states congress a bill creating the first national park yellowstone was signed into law by president ulysses s.
How the national parks system got its wild start in the united states setting aside wilderness areas for people to enjoy the rugged beauty of the united states while protecting the landscape plants and animals for future generations sounds like a modern idea right. Territories have a total of 62 national parks.