US National Parks Checklist
The National Parks Service currently serves and protects 58 established National Parks throughout the United States. The first park was Yellowstone, signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. It takes an act of the United States Congress to designate a national park.
The Organic Act of 1916 created the National Park Service "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and 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." The National Parks Service is an agency of the Department of the Interior.
There are some great websites related to the national parks that will be very helpful in your trip planning! There is the National Parks Foundation and the National Parks Traveler. Both have tons of information related to the national parks, you could spend hours getting lost on each site!
We have also compiled a list of all the National Parks with links to their websites. They are great resources for planning your trips to the parks!
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