Best Reasons to Visit National Parks Today
1. National Park Week Celebration
National Park Week is coming up April 16th to the 24th, celebrating the exquisite natural beauty of the United States. The country contains 58 National Parks in total, bringing meaning to the famous patriotic song â€œAmerica the Beautiful.â€ In the past, we at TakeTours.com have made no secret of our love for these places, and we want to make sure that we do our part to get as many visitors to these parks as possible during this very special week. We want to provide you with the best reasons to visit National Parks today that we believe will sway you in favor of exploring some of the U.S.â€™s Amazing Wonders.
2. Record Breaker Yellowstone
TheÂ National Park Service system in the U.S. date back to 1872, when Congress established the very first park, Yellowstone, which to this day remains one of the most notable, attracting millions of awestruck visitors each year. In the past few years, attendance to Yellowstone has been steadily rising, reaching a record number in 2015. You can help break that record again in 2016! Of course, Yellowstone is home to several fascinating geothermal landmarks, including Old Faithful and the multicolored Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. But Yellowstone is only one of the many National Parks spread around the country. Whether north, south, east, or west, youâ€™ll be able to find a park near you, beckoning out to you to explore. Even when you leave the boundaries of Yellowstone, you merely enter into other parks. One of these nearby options is Grand Teton, named for the impressive mountain range that passes through.
The western states have a large number of seemingly endless parks. California is home to the unique geological features of Yosemite and the sprawling desert beauty of the Joshua Tree. Speaking of incredible desert parks, Arizona and Utah are loaded with them. The big name attraction in Arizona is understandably Grand Canyon National Park since it contains one of the most impressive natural wonders in the world, an image that regularly brings visitors to tears because of its unimaginable elegance. Utah has some of the most dynamic terrain of any state, exhibited by the curving desert rocks of Arches National Park, the steep red cliffs of Zion National Park, and the deep, wide canyon of Canyonlands National Park. But if youâ€™re on the East Coast, fear not! There are plenty of parks for you to explore, like Virginiaâ€™s Shenandoah National Park and Maineâ€™s Acadia National Park. Both of these examples contain beautiful slices of Appalachian forests.
3. Activities and More!
Many of the days during National Parks Week have special themes that may help you decide when to visit. April 16thÂ is National Junior Ranger Day, and parks around the country have special programs and activities planned for children to get our youth excited about the environment. April 22nd is Earth Day, a celebration and appreciation of the beautiful, natural settings in the U.S. and around the world. The last day of the week, April 24th is known as Park Rx Day, during which parks will host even more activities, this time, to promote healthy lifestyles both physically and mentally. Knowing that these events are going on may help you decide which day is best for you to visit.
More than any other reason that we can give as to why you should visit one (or more!) of Americaâ€™s National Parks, we want to stress that the evidence speaks for itself. There are plenty of wonderful things we can say about this countryâ€™s National Parks, but there is no amount of words that can match the beauty of their scenic viewpoints, sprawling landscapes, and picture-perfect images when you visit in person. If our words canâ€™t convince you to venture into the great outdoors for National Parks Week, then maybe some of the images weâ€™ve included can tempt you. We at TakeTours.comÂ wish you a happy National Park Week. Happy trails, campers!