The National Parks Service released video of the Top 10 list of reasons to visit and celebrate America's parks, just in time for the summer vacation center and at the close of National Park Week (April 21-29, 2018).
Besides escaping the daily grind of life and enjoying an outdoor adventure in an awesome place, the parks service counts down some of the most noteworthy features of several of its properties. How many places have you seen in person? Here is the countdown:
- The National Park Service protects 84 million acres in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
- Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is home of the World's largest volcano. Mauna Loa is one of five volcanoes that form the Island of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.
- North America's highest and lowest points are in Denali and Death Valley national parks, the former being in Alaska and the latter in California.
- World's tallest and largest trees are in Redwood and Sequoia national parks in Northern California.
- Some of the world's oldest mountains can be found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park great smoky mountains.
- North America's tallest dunes can be seen at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
- Mount Ranier National Park in Washington is home to the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states., as it spans six major rivers.
- The hottest place on earth is in southern California and Nevada, at Death Valley National Park.
- Go to Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota for a spectacular northern lights show.
- The "More Than Just Parks" campaign reminds vacationers that the No. 1 reason for celebrating the parks is that they belong to you. The U.S. Department of Interior protects the nation's natural resources.