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Which State Has the Most National Parks? 

When it comes to National Parks, a little over half of the states have at least one. Specifically, 29 states in the U.S. have at least one National Park. But did you know that some states have three or more National Parks?  But, which state has the most national parks? California leads the country, with … Read more

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What is the Newest National Park in the US?

Many of America’s well-known National Parks, such as the Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone, have been around for decades. But did you know that our newest National Park was recently established at the end of 2020?  New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is the newest National Park in America and was established … Read more

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History & Meaning of the National Park Service Arrowhead Logo

The Arrowhead logo used by the National Park Service is easily recognizable today and has a rich history. Many people have undoubtedly seen the famous arrowhead logo used by the National Parks Service (NPS). However, few stop to ask what the National Park Service arrowhead logo actually symbolizes and the history behind it.  This often-overlooked … Read more

What is the Least Visited National Park in the US?

When most people think of National Parks, they imagine the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone. But what about the smaller parks that you’ve probably never even heard of? What is the least visited park in the US? These are parks that are more difficult to get to, making them isolated and untouched in many ways. These … Read more

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Best Winter National Parks & Ideas for Vacation!

Most people don’t think about winter as a great season for visiting national parks. Many outdoor enthusiasts, understandably, are focused on a national parks road trip during summer. Occasionally, they might venture out during late spring or early fall, but once the holiday season arrives, they look elsewhere for their adventures. However, many national parks … Read more

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What is a National Park?

What is the simple definition of a National Park? Simply put, it is an area of land set aside by a federal government for conservation and preservation.  Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and environmentalist Wallace Stegner famously said, “The National Parks are the best idea we ever had.” But what is the simple definition of a National … Read more

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Which National Parks are in the Outer Banks NC?

Off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks are a 200-mile chain of narrow barrier islands. As a famous vacation destination, the area is particularly known for sandy beaches, seafood restaurants, oceanfront homes, and luxury resorts. But there is another, and somewhat wilder, side to this unique region that often goes overlooked. The Outer … Read more