Traveling the U.S.
This month, on August 25th, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th year of service. It was created by an act of Congress that was signed into existence by President Woodrow Wilson. Since then, the National Park Service has grown tremendously—covering over 84 million acres and more than 410 sites.
Help Celebrate this Momentous Occasion
The U.S. is filled with a rich, vibrant history that is just waiting to be explored. If you are looking for another trip to make this summer (whether it’s a day trip or for a week), consider going to one of the many national parks, battlefields and monuments that are located throughout the country. The National Park System is as diverse as they come—covering 81 national monuments, 128 historical parks/sites, 25 battlefields/military parks and 59 national parks.
Traveling the U.S. has become increasingly popular. In 2015, over 307 million people visited
locations within the National Park Service. In comparison, in 2000, that number was 286 million. So, if you are able to go explore the U.S. this year (or this month), you should. It’s not everyday that a centennial celebration is underway. Help celebrate history by making history!
Which National Parks to Check Out
National parks are chosen for their beauty, geological features and unique ecosystems. Of the 59 different national parks, 10 are the most visited (and for good reason…they are utterly breath taking). These are the top 10 national parks in descending order:
1. Great Smoky Mountain
2. Grand Canyon
3. Rocky Mountain
8. Grand Teton
Other National Park Facts:
• The first national park was Yellowstone.
• The original park caretakers were the U.S. cavalry.
• Delaware is the only state without a national park or monument.
• There are only 22,000 national park employees; versus the 221,000 volunteers that help it operate.
• The largest park is the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve (13.2 million acres).
• The smallest park is the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial (0.02 acres).
Finding the Park Nearest You
The best way to locate the park nearest you is to search #findyourpark or visit Find Your Park.
While you are on your journey, know that ADT home monitoring protects your home while you are away. Homeowners with ADT Pulse can even remotely monitor their homes with their cellphones and tablets. Explore the world without the worry and stress of what’s happening back home.