Senior Travelers Enjoy National Parks

Jan 25th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

The list by the National Park Service counts people visiting the parks. Each park in the system has a method for figuring this out, which is actually a little more complex than clicking a counter every time a car drives past the entrance station. Here is a site called ‘Park of the Week’. Sorry to say that I have never heard of Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. Have you? Google told me that it was in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The world’s first national park was created by an act of Congress in 1872 as a “pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people in order to protect for all time this outstanding natural area.” As Congress created more parks, the need for an agency to administer the park system became clear, yielding the National Park Service. The National Park System Organic Act, which created the Park Service, also set the purpose of the park system: “The fundamental purpose of the parks is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife 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.”

So seniors, do you own an RV? I have friends with an RV whose goal is to visit as many national parks as they can “before they die.” What a noble goal. This site will help them. It is called National Parks Traveler and provides park information. NPT was launched in August 2005, National Parks Traveler became the Internet’s very first site dedicated to covering America’s National Park System and the National Park Service on a daily basis. The Traveler is not a static site built around park statistics and trail descriptions and is not strictly a travelogue. Rather, it offers readers a unique multimedia blend of news, feature content, debate, and discussion all tied to America’s national parks.

Planning a national park vacation takes a lot of consideration, but it shouldn’t take a lot of work.  Be sure to check on the links provided in this article to plan your vacation to national parks.    jeb



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