This year, August 25 marked the 100th birthday of the US National Parks Service and we thought we’d celebrate the historic milestone by sharing some National Park Service facts and honouring many of the world’s most impressive parks.
Did you know?
- Over 400 National Parks, monuments and historic sites are managed by the National Park Service
- California has the most National Parks with 9 & Alaska has the most parks & sites
- Alaska is also home to the largest National Park – Wrangell-St.Elias
- The most visited National Park, with over 10.5 million visitors a year, is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina & Tennessee
- Yellowstone was the first National Park in the world created in 1872
Ways to Celebrate:
- Free entrance days – there are just two remaining Free Entrance Days of the 16 that were offered in 2016, so get out your hiking boots now for September 24 and November 11!
- Google Arts & Culture has released a collection of videos & 360 degree tours highlighting 5 different parks
- The National Park Service is encouraging users to post to social media with the hashtag #findyourpark
- Explore the National Parks with Gate 1 Travel on one of our 15 packages that visit US National Parks!
Gate 1 Tours highlighting National Parks:
- Explore the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion & Grand Teton National Parks on the Gate 1 14 Day Ultimate National Parks Tour
- Visit the Denali National Park & the breathtaking Kenai Fjords National park on the 10 Day Classic Alaska
- The 8 Day Pacific Northwest with Columbia River Gorge highlights Crater Lake National Park & Redwood National Park