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:

For more information on all of our Gate 1 USA & Canada Tours click here, check out a few of our National Parks Videos here.

Seen any of these incredible National Parks for yourself? Tag your photos with #gate1travel on Instagram and share your photos on our site.

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