Click on a state to see its national parks! If the state is filled in with a picture, it means I’ve visited one or more of the national parks there!
The idea to create national parks in America was born on the night of September 19, 1870 when a member of the Washarn-Langford-Doane Expedition, out to explore the area now known as Yellowstone, proposed that, instead of laying private claim to the land, they should work to set it aside for everyone to experience such a profoundly beautiful place! Through actual Congressional Cooperation, President Grant signed the National Park Act on March 1, 1872, establishing Yellowstone as the first National Park and giving new meaning to the word, “Conservation!”
It took 18 more years before Yosemite, General Grant (now King’s Canyon), and Sequoia National Parks joined the ranks, but it wasn’t until 1906 that the national park system really began to take off. The Antiquities Act gave the president power to proclaim an area a park or monument! Initially, management of these parks was chaotic until President Wilson signed a bill on August 25, 1916, creating the National Park Service, which currently monitors the majority of America’s National Parks and Monuments! I hope to see all of these extraordinarily beautiful places, as well as any foreign ones I should encounter, on my travels!