More on Seniors Traveling to National Parks

Jan 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

I discovered I have more to share about our national parks.  A website dealing with national parks sparked my curiosity.  Our national parks provides an unmatched platform for meeting the goals of America’s Great Outdoors initiative and are among our best national heritage vestiges. Users here will also find current news about each park, access and visitor information, and directions to park visitor centers. Download the app today! The parks are generally large natural places having a wide variety of outdoor activities, at times including significant historic resources. Activities including hunting and mining and are not allowed.

So how many national parks are there? I took a guess and did not even come close. Do you ever drive down the road and wonder who owns all that land out there in the desert or countryside? I do. Very often it is federal or state owned and at times they are parks. Today, the National Park System’s 392 units, covers more than 83 million acres, and include sites ranging from the homes of historic figures to Civil War battlefields, from Alaska’s gigantic, 13.2-million-acre Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve to Ford’s Theater National Historic Site, commemorating where President Lincoln was assassinated. The National Park Service is required to keep park units in an unimpaired state in perpetuity and should even run into the next century folks.

Last September President Obama made a proclamation encouraging Americans to get outside and enjoy our vast and diverse wilderness areas, such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite or Yellowstone National Parks. With literally hundreds of parks and national wilderness areas to choose from, the options are nearly endless, and there is sure to be one close to you in your state. Find one at and plan on spending some time in the wild. In his proclamation, Obama stated, “I invite all Americans to visit and enjoy our wilderness areas, to learn about their vast history, and to aid in the protection of our precious national treasures.” He also reiterated in his proclamation the steps he has taken as President to conserve and protect America’s wild spaces, and added that he and his administration will continue to work toward connecting U.S. citizens with the outdoors.

So let’s play guess again. Can you name three or four of the ‘most visited parks’ in the US? Bet you can’t guess the most visited one unless you live in that state. I was sure off. I was quite certain that Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon would top the list. Way off.     jeb

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