The United States National Parks is the US Federal Agency that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations.
It is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior, and most of the direct management of the NPS is delegated by the Secretary to the National Park Service Director, who must also be confirmed by the Senate.
Here are some of the most renowned parks:
Yosemite National Park in Northern California
Located in the State of California it lays east of San Francisco in the Sierra Nevada. Ninety five percent of the park has been designated as a wildlife reserve.
It is known by the amazing waterfalls that are at their peak in spring when the snow melts and comes down from top of the mountains. It offers an array of vast meadows, deep valleys and sequoia tree groves.
One of many geysers in Yellowstone National Park
This enormous park is shared by Wyoming, Montana and Idaho states. It is the United States’ oldest National Park established in 1872. Its claim to fame is the many geysers and hot springs.
Yellowstone has 60% of all geysers of the world. One of them is famous Old Faithful and another the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, America's largest one. In the park’s Museum you may find and important collection of historical artifacts, besides a library and some research centers.
Grand Canyon National Park is a natural wonder
Located in the State of Arizona it was established in 1919. The Grand Canyon is perhaps the most famous of America's National Parks.
It is an huge stretch of canyon measuring 277 miles long, measured by the length of the river at its bottom, 6,000 vertical feet at its deepest and as much as 18 miles across in some places.
It takes about two days to get to the bottom of the canyon and back on foot. And it receives close to 5 million visitors each year. There are Grand Canyon rafting trips for those who like adventure.
Great Smokey Mountains National Park
This park sits between North Carolina and Tennessee, is home to more than 1,660 kinds of flowering plants, more than any other national park in America, earning it the moniker "the wildflower park."
It is a wonderland of waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife. The park offers its visitors 800 miles of maintained trails where they may see bears, turkeys, woodchucks, raccoons and even elk, which were reintroduced to the park in 2001.
Olympic National Park in Washington State
This park, ideal for nature lovers, located in the State of Washington is 95% wilderness, ideal for nature lovers from all over. The park offers beaches, rain forests, glaciers and miles of hiking trails.
Several lodges, resorts and campgrounds cater to overnight visitors. Make sure you check the weather before your visit. Parts of the park get as much as 12 feet of rain a year.
Rocky Mountain National Park
The Rocky Mountain National Park is located northwest of Boulder in the Colorado Rockies.
Its more than 400 miles of mountainous terrain feature close to 400 hiking trails, 150 lakes, 60 mountains taller than 12,000 feet for climbers and a slew of elk, bighorn sheep and moose.
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
Located in Wyoming Grand Teton National Park contains 485 square miles of mountains, rivers and wilderness in northwest Wyoming south of Yellowstone.
The park is famous for its wildlife. Visitors will see otters and beavers in Oxbow Bend, elk on Timbered Island, bison along Snake River and bald eagles flying in the sky. Grand Teton features a range of lodges, cabins and ranches for overnight visitors.
Zion National Park Utah
Zion, located in the State of Utah features many multicolored canyons, mesas and towers frame its spectacular scenery.
The park is known for its most important formation, Zion Canyon. Besides camping sites, Zion Lodge offers rooms, cabins, suites and a restaurant.
Glacier National Park in Montana
Located in the State of Montana, Glacier National Park is named after the glaciers that carved its landscape millions of years ago. Native Americans know it as the "Backbone of the World."
The park has 13 campsites and more than 700 miles of hiking trails. Glacier celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2010.
Acadia National Park
Acadia was the nation's first national park east of the Mississippi. It features 125 miles of hiking trails, two beaches and two campgrounds. Water sports such as kayaking and canoeing are popular here.
Mount Rainier National Park in the State of Washington
Located in Washington State it was established in 1899, Rainier is the country's fifth oldest national park. During summers it is a symphony of wildflowers.
During spring the waterfall reach their peak; and during fall the changing of colors of the leaves is spectacular. The park’s landscape is dominated by the now dormant Mt Rainier volcano with a height of 14,400 feet. It last erupted in the 1800s.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the state's only World Heritage site, features some of the world's most active volcanoes, including Kilauea, which has been active since 1983.
The park has more than 150 miles of trails and features lava tubes accessible to the public.
Badlands National Park located in South Dakota
Located in South Dakota this park shows the results of hundreds of thousands of years of erosion carved its extraterrestrial like landscape of multicolored canyons, buttes and spires.
Besides its amazing views, the park features many fossil deposits from the Oligocene Era dating 28 million to 37 million years ago.
Arches National Park in the State of Utah
Located in Utah, it features more than 2,000 sandstone arches carved by millions of years of erosion. Prominent formations in the park include Delicate Arch, Balanced Rock and Landscape Arch.
Beyond the breathtaking views, park visitors will find numerous hiking trails and a campground.
Keep visiting and patronizing the United States National Parks. These natural treasures are the pride of a nation.
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