On August 25th, 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed the “Organic Act”, which created the National Park Service. This act states that “the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations… which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
Thanks to the National Park Service, we continue to enjoy the natural beauty of these spectacular destinations. Today, there are over 400 national parks in the United States, many more than the 35 in existence at the signing of the Organic Act. Here are the 5 most-visited national parks; number 1 may surprise you!
#5 – Yellowstone
It is possible to encounter wildlife on any of the roads in the park at any time, so it’s always important to drive accordingly. Maximum speed limit in the park is 45 mph and in many places it is less than that, as posted, or as conditions or animals dictate for safety. #yellowstone #YellowstoneNPS #bison #bisoncalf
#4 – Yosemite
Of all the structures still in public use in Yosemite Valley, the Yosemite Chapel is the oldest. Built in 1879, it was moved to its current location in 1901. Although the chapel is primarily used as a house of worship, over the years it has become a popular wedding destination due to the quaint beauty of the building and its spectacular setting. #Yosemite #NationalPark #YosemiteHistory #NationalRegisterofHistoricPlaces
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#3 – Rocky Mountain
Today is the 100th anniversary of the National Parks system here in the United States. Preserving spectacular, wild places such as these isn’t just one of the best ideas we’ve ever had, but it’s truly one of the noblest pursuits an individual can undertake. As we celebrate the #nps100 today I want to encourage all of you to continue working to preserve these unequaled jewels of natural beauty. Every visit I make to @rockynps (near my home) I leave with a heavier pack than I started with due to trash I find on the trail. Let’s keep these areas pristine for generations to come! Cheers, America! @usinterior @nps.explorer
#2 – Grand Canyon
#1 – Great Smoky Mountains
This week is our annual Firefly Festival here at @greatsmokynps. These insects can be viewed across the region in open woodlands and along humid forest edges. The synchronous display is used to attract mates and ward off competitors. Talk about a bright idea! . . . . #GSMNP #GRSM #greatsmokymountains #smokymountains #smokies #fireflies #FindYourPark #NPS100 #GoParks #TravelTuesday #TuesdayTips #ExploreMore #OptOutside